Tone Deaf

Want to change your mood? Try changing your voice! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and an experiment by the French National Centre for Scientific Research. In it, volunteers read a short story out loud while listening to themselves through a headset. But, secretly, their

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Questioning Behavior

Want to help your friends keep their New Year’s resolutions? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Do like they do on Jeopardy! Ask questions! When you ask someone about behavior, you help bring that behavior about. So say researchers at Washington State University, the

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Tattoo You

I’m gonna look so tough with my Hello Kitty tattoo! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know tattoos are permanent. But science says our body recycles most of our cells every seven years. Old beat up cells are replaced with sprightly new cells!

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Measuring Fun

Socrates once said the unexamined life is not worth living. But the examined life has its downside, too! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. By examined, I mean measured! We can measure almost anything with gadgets. Sleeping. Eating. Exercising. Not exercising. In a series of

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Veggies Optional

What? These school kids TURNIP for veggies? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. At some school cafeterias, students choose what they eat. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, kids might look the other way. But what happens when their produce come free of charge?!

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State of Conversation

“This call may be recorded for quality assurance.” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Okay, but who’s assuring the quality? Maybe a company like Marchex. It analyzes customer-service calls for businesses. Say you call your cable company about your bill. Marchex can tell them

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Good Fat

Is the cure for that next cold. . . your love handles? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. If your pants are too tight, perhaps there’s a silver lining. Consider a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. They discovered that fat

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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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