Reading Rules

Multilinguals unite! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Head, shoulders, knees, and NOSE, knees and….NOSE??  Huh? When reading unexpected words, we respond differently based on how many languages we speak. Why is that?  Megan Zirnstein and her team at the University of California, Riverside, dug

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True or Not True

  “Oreos increase longevity”! Really?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s easy to get fooled by “fake news,” but what affects our judgement of truth?  Dan King from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and his colleagues investigated. They asked a group of

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Unsinkable Metal

Loose lips sink ships, but can spiders save them? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Oh, the clever Diving Bell Spiders! These creatures drag bell-shaped webs underwater – trapping an air bubble. They use the trapped air to breathe underwater, where they live! That gave

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Baby Eyes

  How much can YOU remember from your baby days? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Babies watch constantly, taking in everything they’re exposed to. When you get home from work, your baby greets you with a big smile! But do they remember any of

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Fish Food

Did your sushi eat something fishy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most of the fish we eat, like salmon, snack on smaller fish. Raising these carnivores is costly and energy intensive. But not ALL fish eat other fish! About five percent of all fish

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Culinary Cuttlefish

It’s date night — that means dinner out! Should I snack now, or save my appetite? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We remember the past and plan for our future. But not all animals can do this. So why do we? Pauline Billard from

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Field of Greens

The grass is always greener… and TALLER? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Perfect green lawn? It’s the American dream! Even in the cities, we do our best to keep the grass trimmed, but is this a GOOD thing? Christopher Watson at the University of Quebec

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Sweat and Skillz

Who says you can’t work up a sweat playing Minecraft? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Who ISN’T clocking extra video game hours these days? Practice makes perfect! But, could something BESIDES all that couch-sittin’ and button-mashing help you level up? Marc Roig and his team

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Wasp Wallpaper

The timeless beauty of classical art! The Greeks, the Romans….the WASPS??!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wasps…the scourge of picnics everywhere. It’s never a good day when you spot a wasp nest. Or is it? For Helen Green at the University of Melbourne it’s a

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Perfect Fried Rice

Chefs, take a wok – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Making scrumptious fried rice usually involves a WOK, a heavy round-bottomed cooking pot. And a lot of elbow grease! Tossing that wok helps brown the rice without burning it. But, it’s a challenge!

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