The Sleepy Gene

I’m not asleep -just resting my eyes! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We’re all familiar with the lure of an afternoon siesta! Could those heavy lids be a result of something other than a big lunch? Amita Sehgal at the University of Pennsylvania is

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Mold Slime Salesman

Where are those Spanx I ordered?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We want our packages delivered ASAP! Sounds simple, right? Well, not computationally. A computer measures distance for every possible combination of delivery paths. For eight stops…that’s two thousand paths! Is the smarter way.

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New Neuron

Sometimes a brain is just a brain! Or is it? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most animals have brains that are pretty similar to ours. But animals didn’t split the atom, invent the iPhone, or make it to the moon. What makes OUR brains

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Bladder Glow

  When you gotta go, you gotta go! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…where’s the next rest stop??! Overactive bladders? The worst! Too bad they can’t be controlled with a simple stop light! Or can they? Researchers led by Robert Gereau at Washington University

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A Flu Cure in Spitting Distance

Next year’s flu shot may come from llamas!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Flu vaccines help us make antibodies — trained assassins that target bad bugs!  But flu comes in many strains, which are always changing. This makes it challenging to predict the most

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Cold Brew Conspiracy

Is the cure for cancer. . . cold brew coffee? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, filtering out the truth! The health benefits of coffee have been highly touted lately. In particular, those of cold brew coffee. But the science is still, um, murky. murky.

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Peter Piper’s Pesticide

If you can’t stand the heat… Stay off of my grass? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The grasslands in the United States are looking a little THIN these days! Conservationists are sowing new seeds to fatten up our amber waves of grain. Unfortunately, the

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Odd Couple Mice

Hey, lab mice – take a walk on the wild side! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For fifty years, scientists have worked hard to breed a standard lab mouse. Similar mice let researchers have better control over their experiments. They can compare different drugs

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