Going Green

It isn’t easy eating green! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Eastern coastal waters are home to pretty green sea slugs, called eastern emerald elysia. They look like leaves! What’s more, these marine animals eat algae, a plant. Then somehow they use the algae to

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Not Fade Away

Let’s talk turkey – about laundry? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our clothes are colored with dyes that work by absorbing light. That is, they soak UP certain colors, and reflect BACK the ones we see. But sadly, pigments aren’t permanent. After a few

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Egg Shape Mystery

How do you like your eggs – over easy? Sunny-side up? Pointy??! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some birds lay eggs shaped like teardrops. Others look like a ball. And there’s everything in between! Why so MANY different shapes? Enter Mary Caswell Stoddard, a

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Popcorn Science

Have you ever wondered why popcorn pops? French scientists have. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet Emmanuel Virot and Alexandre Ponomarenko. They study extreme forces. Things like: how wind breaks trees. Their experiments require special equipment, including cameras that record thousands of images per

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Generosity Hormone

Are you willing to lend a hand—or a fiver? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A friend in need? We’re on it! But what about needy strangers? René Hurlemann at the University of Bonn Medical Center and his colleagues had an idea. Their possible remedy

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The Tooth About Beavers

Finally! Incisive research on beaver teeth! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Beavers are amazing. They’re not only master carpenters, but they fell timber with their teeth! Don’t try that at home! And like many rodents, beavers’ incisors continually grow. What’s more, they don’t get

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Sixty-Second Workout

Keep on running! One more minute! PHEW! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Being healthy can mean a lot of things. Kale juice, spin class, weightlifting! We know how to stay lean and build muscle. But what about bones? Bone weakens as we age, especially

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Tonal Talk

Climate influences language. True or false? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: True, suggests a new study. Think about trying to talk when your throat is dry. It’s harder, right? Well, researchers in Germany and the Netherlands say: That’s exactly why certain languages arose

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Unbreak My Heart

What becomes of the broken hearted? Ask your doctor! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, asking… Is a broken heart just a metaphor? Or. .. Could emotional stress actually cause PHYSICAL damage? Well, doctors have begun to recognize that it does. “Broken heart syndrome” –

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Greasy Grimy Guts!

Ah, the vulture! It’s not just another pretty face. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Let’s face it. Vultures like their meat a little older and rottener than the rest of us do. It’s unorthodox, but it works for them. Still, it seems strange that

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