Baby Logic

It’s the newest cop show! “CSI. . . Baby Mozart?” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Babies seem to have such simple minds. They cry when hungry and smile when happy. But can they understand complex ideas? Researchers from Spain, Hungary, and Poland wondered. They

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Got thinning hair? Now we know why! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. All types of mammals experience hair thinning as they age. Ugh. In both sexes, it’s thought to be caused by shrinking hair follicles. But stem-cell biologists in Japan weren’t content with shrinkage

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Rainbow Bacteria

Can you paint with all the colors of…BACTERIA? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bacteria come in all shapes, sizes and colors, just like people. Controlling these colors could give us the best shade for new shoes.. But how are bacterial colors controlled? Scientists at

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Memory Sweep

Is your brain. . . a hoarder? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, actually, not. Consider: so much happens throughout a day, but we don’t remember every detail the next morning. That’s because from day to day, a night of sleep provides a housekeeping

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Total Buzzkill

Today’s update is sure to … bring you down? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: That’s not exactly the goal of French medical researchers. They investigated the neurochemical basis of marijuana addiction. How? They got rats high by injecting them with marijuana’s active ingredient

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Still Lost in Translation

Is “Don’t worry, be happy!” an effective strategy for life? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: That may be a question for positive psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on dysfunction, positive psychology studies how people thrive. But critics say the field depends on a

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CSI Science Show

Does your IT guy have a criminal mind? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Forensic T-V shows can be fun and suspenseful to watch. Clues at crime scenes! Thrilling chases! DNA matches! But could a CRIMINAL watching these shows actually LEARN a thing or two?

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Sleep Testing

Sleep. You want it, you need it, but are you getting enough? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Compared to half a century ago, we get about two hours less of sleep every night! And the cost of progress is measurable: lack-of-sleep-related driving accidents, medical

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Mother’s Milk

Does mom play favorites … with milk? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying:It seems like an odd question. But since the 1970s, scientists have been studying whether mother animals treat daughters and sons differently. And, at least in terms of lactation, the answer is

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Universal Language

Don’t speak the language? Just keep smiling! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many gestures are universal. A warm smile is innately understood all around the world. A thumbs up, however? That’s learned and doesn’t translate across cultures. But where did all of these gestures

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