Chameleon Construction

Architects should take tips from… chameleons?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Chameleons change color to maintain ideal body temperature. If only our houses could do the same! We’d save so much money! Wait… is that … possible? Well, Chenxi Sui and team from Duke

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Cyborg Science

The age of cyborgs is here!!! Sort of… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In science fiction, cyborgs are part-human, part-machine. In the real world, technology hasn’t become quite that advanced yet. But we are certainly getting closer… How close? Enter Xenofon Strakosas and team

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Drought, Get Out!

Can we get some water over here? *HACK*  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. One-sixth of earth’s population lives in the desert. Beautiful, unspoiled. . . But dry! Our planet is covered in water, but most of it is saltwater. Turning saltwater into usable freshwater

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Shape-Shifting Robots

That Magic School Bus is so LOW TECH! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Sure, Miss Frizzle’s bus could shrink down and jump inside you. Big whup. Nowadays, we can shoot drug delivery nanobots into your bloodstream. So what’s the next frontier? Would you believe

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Elmer’s Cells

Ouch, a paper cut! Can you fix that with a little… glue?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our skin does a marvelous job of putting itself back together after an ouchie. When our skin cells regenerate, they have “glue molecules” that help them rejoin.

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Lightning Thief

Look out Percy Jackson, there’s a new lightning thief in town! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. From Greek mythology to Benjamin Franklin, humans have been fascinated by lightning. For centuries, lightning rods have been used to “catch” lightning, preventing fires. Unfortunately, they’re not always

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Leaf it to Solar

The energy industry really needs to lighten up … Literally. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We’ve been using the sun to produce power for almost two centuries. Today, mostly with solar panels. Unfortunately, they’re expensive and take up a lot of space. Can we

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The Skinny on E-Skins

The newest fitness fad could be … skin? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today, lots of people have fitness trackers and smart watches. It’s comforting to check the status of your body whenever. But it’s a pain remembering to charge and wear them daily.

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Bacteria Batteries

Fitness trackers, VR, AI….oh my! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today wearable tech is EVERYWHERE. Typically, these products are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Unfortunately, these are bad for the environment, and require frequent recharging. Is there an alternative? Xiaomeng Liu and team from the

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Octopus Gloves

Octopus man, octopus man, does whatever an octopus can!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science As a kid, did you ever swim to the bottom of the pool to grab a toy? Pretty hard, wasn’t it. What can we learn about grabbing things underwater from

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