Chuckle Tracks

A group of four friends hug and laugh on a sunny day

Which came first: the laughter or the joke? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. From Happy Days to Fresh Prince, classic sitcoms use something you might not notice. Laughter! Laugh tracks and audience reactions help highlight the funny bits. But would these shows be as

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Peel Power

A pile of orange slices, lemon slices, and grapefruit slices

  Recharge your Apple phone… with an orange peel? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying Yes! It’s Apples AND oranges! Recycling batteries? Now that’s a bright idea! But the harsh acids used to recycle batteries still make nasty pollutants. These include chlorine gas and

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Tough Scruff

A lion stares directly into the camera, its mane filling the entire image

  In a pandemic, EVERY month is “No-Shave November!” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, “Wallop those whiskers! They can take it.” Humans aren’t the only ones who rock facial hair. Chimpanzees, lions, and goats all have beards too. But why? Are they more

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Standup Pups

A large dog bends over to greet a smaller dog

You’d rescue a dog, but would your dog rescue you? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We love our furry friends — SO much, we shower them with toys and clean up their messes! But doesn’t that relationship seem awfully one-sided? Would your puppy return

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Hocus Focus

Eyes peek through magical glowing hands

Can you stop cheaters… with magic? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When exam time comes down, cheaters abound! Teachers might sit students far apart or banish book bags to a corner of the room. But are physical barriers really the only way? Professor Gail

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Pain Pal

Paro, a fluffy white robot seal, sits on a table, looking off camera

Need a PAIN pal? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you got your first shot, did you squeeze Mom’s hand? Studies have shown that EMOTIONAL TOUCH, like hugging or holding hands, reduces pain. But if you find yourself ALONE at the doctor’s – who

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Cosmic Colors

The Milky Way and many stars shine through trees

Can you paint with all the colors of… the climate?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Looking for a vacation home… on another planet? Earth isn’t the only planet where life — like us — can kick back! But how can we tell if a planet

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Roller Remedy

A number of red blood cells are seen through a microscope, enmeshed in fibers

Cargo trucks for your bloodstream? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your bloodstream is a highway that moves nutrients throughout your body! Doctors can use this highway to ship helpful drugs ANYwhere. But since it is so vast, those drugs can also end up EVERYwhere!

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Gait Aid

Could a new pair of kicks kick-start a healthy habit? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ah, an early morning run! Fresh air, golden sunshine, lush scenery… huffing-and-puffing, chest pains, shin splints! How can we have the FUN of running without all that hard work?

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Excrete Concrete

What builds the best house on the MOON? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying — concrete! Concrete is just rock and cement, and on the moon, there’s plenty of rock! But… cement needs water. Plasticizer can cut down on water. Then again, one pound of

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