Tool Time

Look, ma! No hands! I mean wings! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on the tool-using habits of New Caledonian crows. Sure, various animals use tools, but we’re the only ones with toolboxes. So other species have to find creative ways of keeping their

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Pollination Revelation

Is your margarita. . . endangered? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Insects like bees and butterflies are known for their pollinating prowess. When they feed on the sweet nectar from flowers, pollen rubs off on their legs. This pollen transfers to other flowers so

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Marching Orders

March for women! March for science! March for…the amygdala? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There are many opportunities today to protest the status quo. But what inspires us to march? Hannah Nam at Stony Brook University researches the amygdala. That’s the almond-shaped cluster of

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Monkeys vs. Humans

Are humans really at the top of the food chain? This is Sandra Tsing Loh, with the Loh Down on Science. Compared to our great ape cousins, we humans are way ahead in the evolutionary race. We’ve got bigger brains. We also reproduce faster than expected for our body size.

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Tooth Toughener

Munch, munch, munch ouch! Not another cavity! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cavities are a pain. To slow their formation, we add fluoride to toothpaste. But fluoride doesn’t help with cavities once they form. What if something else could? Researchers at the University of

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Scent of a Mosquito

Bzzz bzzz, smack! You—literally—smell good enough to eat! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Those pesky mosquitoes! They do more than just bug us. They spread malaria! Yikes! Even more horrifying? Once you’re infected by a malarial mosquito, you attract more of them! Never fear,

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Equine IQ

Are horses just . . . overgrown dogs? Science suggests yes! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: The two species do seem to have something unusual in common: The ability to read people’s faces! So say animal researchers at the University of Sussex. These

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Good Job Hunting

Thinking of quitting your job? But what about your social life? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Newsflash: You spend as much time with your co-workers as your spouse! Your workplace mentors and water-cooler buddies guide your career and support you socially. But do these

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Cybersluggish

Feeling—literally—SLUGGISH? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brains are like computer programs. Information in, decision out. For example, if hungry, eat whatever’s around. REALLY hungry? How deadly ARE those month old leftovers? But this analogy is a gross simplification, RIGHT? Meet Rhanor Gillette from the

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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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