Cool Doo-Doo

    I’ve heard that bird poop brings good luck. Now I actually believe it! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Here with a silver lining to the white mess on your freshly washed car! Every summer, millions of seabirds pass through the Arctic. Leaving

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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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Ice Beneath My Wings

Could melting ice be ELECTRIFYINGLY hot?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. At cruising altitude, airplanes can start icing over because of the freezing temperatures. The ice makes flying difficult. How do pilots deal with it? They blow EXTREMELY hot air over their wings to

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Chocolate Surprise

“Life is like a box of chocolates….” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying, wise words from Forrest Gump! We’ve all heard not to judge a book by its cover. But what about chocolates? Meet Frank Dunshea and his team from the University of Melbourne.

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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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Addictive Orb

Can it be that we are addicted . . . to the sun? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet David Fisher of Harvard Medical School. According to his new study, exposure to the sun’s UV rays releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones. These activate

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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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Road to Grapeness

Do slippery roads mean…sour grapes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When winter weather causes dangerous driving, salt is often used to melt the ice and make streets less slippery. But is this for the best? Mehdi Honarvar Nazari from Washington State University doesn’t think

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Friendly Birdie

You’ve got a friend in… a parrot? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all need a helping hand every now and then! Can birds lend a helping…beak? Désirée Brucks from the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology says, yes! She tested two types of parrots.

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Weighing Ages

With age comes wisdom…and weight? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In high school, you can inhale Twinkies and stay beanpole thin, but that changes with time. Oh, the beer bellies! The love handles! WHYYYYY??!! Peter Arner from Karolinska Institute says it could all be

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