Lily shares science with comedy

Hive writer, Lily Li, participated in UCI’s Science Riot to teach science through standup! Humor plays an important role in effective communication and Lily said it’s “really fun to share with people a little bit about the field that I work in and why I find it so exciting. The performance

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Janielle Wins Fellowship

The Loh Down on Science is proud to announce that Hive writer, Janielle Vidal, has been awarded the Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship which aims to increase dissertation and thesis completion amongst doctoral students. Janielle says, “I am so grateful to receive this prestigious award from UCI’s Graduate Division. It will

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Lily successfully defends!

Hive writer, Lily Li, successfully defended her Ph.D. Dissertation and is now Dr. Li! Lily got her Ph.D. in Developmental and Cell Biology and the title of her dissertation was “Demystifying the relationship between DNA sequence features and regulatory function”. Congratulations, Lily!

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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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