Fear Blockers

Afraid of spiders? Just wave your wizard wand! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, unfortunately, unlike Harry Potter and his friends, we can’t simply magic the fear away. Or can we? Uncontrollable fear can make life difficult, and there aren’t many options for treatment.

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Gassy Galaxy

Things that smell: rotten eggs, farts, …Neptune’s neighbor? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Uranus is one of our solar system’s gas planets. Made of liquid and gas, unlike Earth, it has no solid surface. We know very little about it, partly because it’s almost

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Let It Go

HULK ANGRY! HULK… does yoga? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The superheroes in the Avengers don’t always get along. When they’re not fighting villains, they tend to bicker with each other. But it’s not just superheroes! Mere mortals often experience rude interactions at work,

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Mapping Baby Names

What are Italian scientists interested in? Would you believe American baby names? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Ciao, bella. It’s true! Meet researchers from Sapienza University in Rome. They used our Social Security archives to analyze American baby names from 1910 to 2012.

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Intelligent Failure

Hey, Tiger Moms and Dads: This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Keep that in mind the next time your child brings home a not-so-great report card! It seems simple: We want success for ourselves and our children. And sometimes we might set the bar

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That’s So RETRO-grade!

Unsure of when Mercury’s in retrograde? Blame Einstein! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Forwards, backwards – understanding Mercury’s kooky orbit has never been easy! Scientists were unable to do it for years. Then along came Einstein with his theory of relativity. In brief, the

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Seeing is…Feeling?

Can you trust your …eyes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A lot of our feelings come from what we see. Imagine how you feel looking at a colorful sunset, or a deep car scrape. But could our FEELINGS change how we SEE things? Erika

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Fantasy Islands

What do island paradises and diapers have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, with the poop on coral-reef islands! These islands build up from sediment deposited over time. But where does that sediment come from? Sometimes, from parrotfish! To be specific, parrotfish poop!

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Nano Bandaid

Cut yourself shaving? Forget the wad of toilet paper—apply Frankenstein solution! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: It’s actually called hemostat solution, initially developed by a team of scientists at MIT. It works by bathing injured tissue in a blend of peptides, small fragments

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Dr. Dementia

Can eating improve …memory? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Every day, you use your memory without even realizing it. You wake up, check your phone. But wait, where is it? People with dementia experience symptoms like this daily. Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease affect

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