Smells Like Lemur Spirit

Scary! A creature that can smell your weakness! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When we think of creatures that smell weakness, we imagine…vampires! Sci-fi villains! That TERRIFYING clown in IT??!! Well, science has added a new creature to that list: LEMURS?! Rachel Harris from

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Risky Red Tide

Could the new AA be algae-holics anonymous? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down On Science. Harmful algal blooms, or red tides, are bad news for everyone. Toxic red algae grow out of control. They poison shellfish and the people who eat them. Tiny shrimp-like creatures called copepods

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Super-Pack

It’s election season – time to get out the…sneeze? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For we humans, elections mean it’s time to go to the polls. But how do wild pack animals make their vote known?  Ask Reena Walker from Brown University and colleagues.

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Squirrel Tricks

Remember Rocky J. Squirrel? His parkour skills were NUTS!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Running, climbing, swinging, vaulting – parkour athletes trick through challenging courses as quickly as possible. This skillset takes hundreds of hours of practice. But squirrels? They do these stunts instinctively!

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Cranium-Cockin’ Canines

Is your dog giving you the side-eye?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s one of the cutest quirks in a dog’s repertoire: the head tilt. But what makes our canine comrades shoot us that irresistible angled look? Andrea Sommese and team at Eӧtvӧs Loránd

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Trick or Treat

Everybody needs a wingman! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bats use echolocation, a call that reflects back to them off of nearby objects. This helps them find dinner! What’s on the menu? Moths!  But some may have a TRICK to avoid being eaten. Enter

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Social Inheritance

Mom’s trying to friend you on Facebook again – should you “Accept?” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Life in the wild? It’s survival of the fittest! But some animals might have a family advantage. Like we humans, spotted hyenas are social animals. This means

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Tortoise Attack

Return to an age when GIANT TORTOISES walked the earth!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Giant tortoises can grow to be four feet long and weigh as much as a tiger! They can be found in the Seychelles and the Galápagos Islands. These monster

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Suspicious Fishes

But mom! EVERYONE’S doing it! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A sudden flash of color, and a hundred fish change direction in unison! This fish ballet confuses predators, helping fish escape. But when fleeing danger, is it all for one, or a free-for-all? Lauren

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Wolf to Woof

Puppies are fast learners! But imagine training a WOLF PUP to sit!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Dogs started out with a wild streak, as wolves. But for fourteen thousand years, they’ve been our faithful companions.  Hannah Salomons and colleagues at Duke University wondered

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