Ancient DNA

Tuatara (kind of reptile)

Fans of Jurassic Park, listen up! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The tuatara is an ancient reptile with close ties to dinosaurs. It looks like a lizard, but has TEETH — and triple-digit birthdays! What makes this critter so special? Neil Gemmell and an

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Fish’n’Robots

Two fish swimming in tank

  Beam me up… Nemo!?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Would Dory and Nemo really be friends? What if they’re swimming in different oceans? Studying social interactions among animals is hard, but doing it long-distance seems impossible! Maurizio Porfiri and colleagues at New York

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Talking Hands

A female with her hand outstretched towards the camera.

Talk to the hand… nooo really, talk to the hand. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Learning a new language is HARD! Thankfully, new apps can translate words in real time. But what about American Sign Language? Enter Jun Chen and colleagues from the University

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Wall Charger

Newsflash! The Green movement’s going red! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What’s your favorite eco-friendly product? A Tesla, solar panels,… red bricks?! Bricks have been used in buildings for centuries. HGTV can give you remodeling tips, but can science make your brick walls SMARTER? Hongmin Wang

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Outdated Scientist

Scientist with wild white hair wearing a lab coat and holding a flash with steaming liquid.

Who can play. . . “Spot the scientist”? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Identifying the “scientist” in a movie is like playing “Where’s Waldo?!” The classic? Back To the Future! Wacky Christopher Lloyd, wild white hair, lab coat, souped up DeLorean. But. . .

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Juggling Otters

Otter in water juggling rock

What has four paws and juggles? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying…. Otters! These furry creatures juggle rocks like they’re auditioning for the circus. But, what motivates this OTTERLY adorable behavior? Mari-Lisa Allison and colleagues from the University of Exeter wondered! Otters are the

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Mattress Meltdown

Old mattress, room with white walls

Time to take out the recycling – cans, bottles, newspaper….MATTRESS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… ever wonder why you’re always seeing old mattresses out on the street? Plastic is recycled by melting and reshaping it into something new. But mattresses are made of a weird

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Heat Waves

Thermostat in the outdoors during summer

Is it just me, or is it warm in here?!? ? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Temperatures are heating up! According to NASA, the Earth’s global temperature has warmed two degrees since the eighteen eighties. BUT, what does two degrees REALLY mean? Global temperature

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Walk Like an Avatar

Lady looking into a virtual reality headset.

Avatars can walk-the-walk — can you? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Walking? Piece of cake! We’ve been doing it since we were babies. BUT retraining these motor skills after injury or surgery can take YEARS of physical therapy. Is there a way to speed

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Afternoon Guru

A man sitting at the top of a mountain looking at beautiful cloudy sky.

Twenty minutes to Nirvana! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Namaste! Mindfulness meditation is about training your mind to accept your feelings without judging or changing them. And like good gym habits, the perks of meditation grow with time. So, do only superstar monks benefit from

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