Squirrel Tricks

Remember Rocky J. Squirrel? His parkour skills were NUTS!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Running, climbing, swinging, vaulting – parkour athletes trick through challenging courses as quickly as possible. This skillset takes hundreds of hours of practice. But squirrels? They do these stunts instinctively!

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Smells Delicious!

Snack time! Brownie or…cucumber?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our prehistoric ancestors hunted for high-calorie prey to survive. Fortunately, WE don’t have to hunt farther than the nearest cafeteria for our next meal. But do we still have the instincts to sniff out the

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Contagious Itch

It’s the Itchy and Scratchy Show! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Everyone’s sitting ‘round the campfire when someone gets bit by a MOSQUITO. First THEY’RE itchy… suddenly… EVERYBODY’s itchy! Is it a mosquito attack or something…else? Zhou-Feng Chen and team from Washington University were

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Resurrecting Spiders

Beware the dead spider robots!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying: “Quick! Grab a shoe”. Ready, aim and…Wack! The spider falls to the ground. Watch as its legs curl. Yuck! Why do they do that!? Enter Te Faye Yap and team from Rice University. 

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Zoning Out of Zoom

I love back-to-back Zoom meetings! Said no one…EVER.  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Working from home has its PJ’s–I, I mean PERKS!! GOSH, I can’t think straight with all these pesky Zoom calls. Are they actually draining… our productivity? Enter Melanie Brucks of Columbia

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More Green Please!

Plant parents – this one’s for you! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There’s something magical about hiking, gardening, and being around greenery. But say you’re not very… uh… active. Can you still get those bennies just by going outside?  Enter Marcia Jimenez and colleagues

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Super Skin

Wearable tech… for your BIRTHDAY SUIT?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine losing your sense of touch. You can move and pick things up, put your clothes on… But… no feelings!  Could we improve touch sensitivity? Enter Anna Coclite and team at Graz University

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Owl-Tech

Is noise from ABOVE turning you into a night owl? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. YAWN… Time for bed… until… SWOOOSH! Another loud airplane blows over your house! Noise pollution is more than annoying. It has negative impacts on humans AND animals. How can

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Liar, Liar!

Liar liar, pants on… what was that saying again? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Think quick! When’s the last time you lied?… It takes time to think of a good cover story, doesn’t it? Is that the key to spotting a liar? Aldert Vrij

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Dandelion Tech

Ahhh. . . Time to stop and smell the flowers.  Or count them? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A hike can be lovely AND informative… but there are spots we just can’t reach. That’s not just a problem for hikers. Climatologists also need to

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