Power House

Hey couch potatoes! Could watching TV power… your home? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Despite our best intentions, we constantly waste energy. Not because I fell asleep watching Jeopardy, again, but due to heat loss. Phones, computers, cars – almost any device or large

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Slip n’ Slide

Hold onto your MARBLES, this ice is slippery! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever slip and fall on an ice-skating rink? People often blame this slipperiness on a layer of freshly melted water on top of ice. But recent research by brothers Mischa and

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Pain-Free Family

Which hurts more—creeping barefoot across a bed of hot coals, or shoving razor sharp knives into your arms? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Neither! At least for members of certain street-performing family from Pakistan. All six members were born with the inability to

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Croc Meets Bach

Photo of a crocodile laying in wet sand

Do crocodiles like the Crocodile Rock …or do they prefer classical? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you get a concussion, doctors use an M-R-I to take pictures of your brain. Remember that big hollow tube that patients lie down inside of on Grey’s

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The Sweetest (Blood) Vessel

A spoonful of sugar helps the blood vessels take form! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many patients wait for years for a donor organ. If they get lucky? They’ll have to take medication to prevent rejection for the rest of their lives. These troubles

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Quantum Boba

Is the cure for cancer . . . quantum boba? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, hopping on the yummy Boba craze! Quantum dots lack the starchy goodness of tapioca pearls, but still pack a cancer-fighting punch. They are crystals five thousand times SMALLER than

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Body Mod

Smart watches are SOOOOOO 2017….! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today’s smartwatches can track everything from your heart rate to your breathing. But Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota thinks we can do better. He and his colleagues want to print electronics directly

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Stressy Study

Are you STRESSING OUT right now? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Life is full of stressful situations – exams! Traffic! Which remote goes with which appliance?!! And the effects of stress are usually thought to be harmful to our health. But WHY do we

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Poopopotamus

Hippo poop stinks — in more ways than one! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In Tanzania, Africa, hippos are big. And they leave a big mark. How big? These large mammals generate over fifty-two-thousand metric tons of dung each year! People originally thought that

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Smartphone Psychiatry

Think you need a professional to tell if you’re depressed? Maybe your cell phone can help! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A new study shows that data from smart phones – such as minutes used and caller location – can be used to identify

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