Indoor Smog

How’s the air quality today…at home? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you hear the words “air quality,” most people think of smog. That nasty brown stuff in the air. On a bad day, you try to stay indoors and avoid it. But is

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Gum Genealogy

What can chewing gum reveal about YOU? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Yuck, nothing worse than finding old gum on your shoe! Unless you’re an archaeologist… Hannes Schroeder at the University of Copenhagen thinks GUM is as good as gold! His team discovered chewed

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City Life

  Ah, the hustle and bustle of the city…under the sea! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Coral reefs aren’t just colorful. They are also LOUD! A healthy reef reverberates with munching fish and scuttling shrimp. But when reefs are damaged? Silence! Like hipsters flocking

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A Squat a Day

Can hunter-gatherers teach us healthier habits?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I always wear my Fit-Bit! But it doesn’t do much good when we mostly sit on our butts all day. Humans weren’t meant to be so sedentary, right? Brian Wood at UCLA and

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Worth a Shot

This flu shot might deserve double pay!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Our bodies use immune cells to fight cancer. But sometimes, there aren’t enough of them to do the job. For cancer to slow down, immune cells need to flock around the tumors.

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What’s in a Name?

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, for abstract art, maybe the meaning is in the name? Does the title of a piece influence how we feel

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Mushroom Thunder

Heard of magic mushrooms? Here’s some mushroom magic! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Japanese mushroom farmers know the sound of thunder means good luck! Why? Thunderstorms lead to bushels of mushrooms! Not just any ol’ rainstorm — specifically thunderstorms. Is this science, or superstition?

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Bearly Awake

Sleep long, stay STRONG?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Grizzly bears — “Sleeping Beauties” of the animal world!  They hibernate all winter with NO FOOD.  But come springtime, bears emerge from their dens, strong as ever. For we humans, however, even short bed rest

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Snack Scares

Are you a junk food junkie – literally?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Can’t get enough of those Twinkies? It might not JUST be about the fluffy cake and creamy filling. Eating junk food makes us crave even MORE snacks between meals! But WHY? 

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