Vocabulary Exercise

Could joining the swim team turn your kid into a spelling champ?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Jumping jacks and burpees can help us lose holiday pounds… AND master that Sunday crossword! That’s right! Studies show exercise helps improve brain activity. But what’s the

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Freshman Fifteen

Hey, freshmen – is college WEIGHING on you – literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Rumor has it – college students end their first year heavier, and not just in knowledge! But is the FRESHMAN FIFTEEN really a thing?  Enter Yangyang Deng and team

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Sound Asleep?

Shh, don’t wake the baby! She’s busy learning… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. “Mama, dada, MORE!!”… Babies pick up words so quickly! When kids memorize words, specific regions of the brain go into hyper-drive. But where does this speed-learning take place in BABIES’ brains??

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Cocoa Relaxer

Feeling stressed? Drink some cocoa! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ten minutes ‘til my meeting and traffic’s at a crawl! Guess what? Blood flow can be choked in a similar way when you feel stress affecting your heart! Is there a chocolate flavored solution?

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APP Yourself!

Personalized plates! Personalized toys! Personalized … personality?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Want to be more sociable, conscientious, considerate? You’re in luck – there’s an app for that!  That’s right – Mirjam Stieger from Brandeis University and team have developed a personalized personality APP.

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Nap or Play?

Playtime – seventeen minutes! Naptime – thirty minutes! Are we on schedule? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Kids need sleep AND sports. But how much of each should go into a healthy recipe? Emily Ng from University of South Australia and colleagues set out

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Who’s Thirsty

Who’s thirsty? Harry Potter says … AGUAMENTE! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. That’s the wizarding charm to summon clean water with the wave of a wand! What if we could do the same – pull water from the air? Enter Iwan Haechler and colleagues

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Outsider’s Tragedy

What’s not out about being IN? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Someone got a flat tire on the highway – poor guy! You would definitely stop to help a friend, but hesitate when it’s a stranger… why? Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal from UC Berkeley and

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ZooTube

Awwwwww! Cute video alert! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Rolling pandas! Waddling penguins! Prancing elephants! Who can resist animal videos? They’re fun — and educational! Or are they???   Enter Thomas Llewellyn, from University of the West of England, and University of Exeter’s Paul Rose!

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Ancestors’ Masterpieces

Ancient art showing hand prints at the Cuevas de las Manos upon Río Pinturas, near the town of Perito Moreno in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina.

Inspired by ancient Banksy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. From kids’ doodles to Grandma’s watercolors – our artwork is precious! Turns out, ancient people living on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi thought so too! Their artwork drawn on limestone rocks twenty thousand years ago

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