Fooled Filters

Blood cells in a vessel

I’m a blood cell… April Fools! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your body has its own Secret Service — the IMMUNE SYSTEM. It’s built to keep good stuff in and bad stuff out. But sometimes security is TOO TIGHT. Even MEDICINE can get filtered

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Abbreviation Aggravation

Cubes spelling O-M-G.

Do acronyms make you say “T-M-I” or “I-D-K”? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Can your doctor tell an UPPER ARM from a UTERINE ARTERY? You’d better hope so — your flu shot only goes in ONE of those places! But in medicine, the acronym

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Perilous Peanuts

Peanuts with shell

Is the cure for peanut allergies … MORE peanuts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know the rules: don’t bring peanuts to the potluck! Allergic reactions are no joke: we’re talking hives, swelling, trouble BREATHING. Can we prevent this nutty nastiness? Lianne Soller

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Daunted Dingoes

Fred-a-scare moving

You’ve heard of scarecrows – how about scare-DINGOES?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Australian wolves, known as DINGOES, prey on farmers’ livestock. When they’re caught having a farm-fresh meal, it becomes their LAST meal. Is there a…FRIENDLIER way to fend off predators? Enter Bradley

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Blockheads

Disordered building blocks of different colors

Are the building blocks for math skills… literal building blocks? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Luis builds a tower. Kim builds a town. Rosie crashes in, and it all falls down! Building blocks are great for preschoolers playing pretend, but do they REALLY teach

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Erotic Economics

Couple kissing in a cactus field

“For richer or for poorer” — beyond marriage vows, does this also fuel. . . PASSION? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Valentine’s Day is upon us! LOVE is in the air. You might celebrate by SMOOCHING with someone special. But why do people meld

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Friendly Felines

Two cats, one with blue eyes and other with green eyes, looking at the camera

If you love cats, blink once! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unless your kitty is Garfield, you don’t really know what it’s thinking. Cats can’t speak! So, how CAN we communicate with our feline friends? Tasmin Humphrey at the University of Sussex says: it’s

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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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