You First

Lots of small sparrows running on the ground.

Come on in, the water’s fine! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brrrr, a freezing lake! But your buddy dives right in! Building up your courage — you too take the plunge! This is called social learning, and humans do it all the time. But

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Micro Personality

Threespine Stickleback fish swimming

That body language seems somehow… FISHY! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Confident strides, head held up high OR hunched back, looking for cracks in the pavement? The way we move says a lot about our personalities! Is this also true for ANIMALS?  Joseph Bailey

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Kangaroo Talk

Brown kangaroo looking at the camera on a grass field during day time

Voyage into the wild… to chat?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are Dr. Doolittle and Disney princesses the ONLY ones who can talk with animals? Of course not! All pet owners can understand their fluffy friends – and vice versa. But what about the

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Shrimply More

Cuttlefish

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Have some raisins? Eww, no. Avocado, cheese, or nummy tuna melt? Darnit! Are cuttlefish as picky as toddlers when choosing a snack? Tzu-Hsin Kuo and Chuan-Chin Chiao from National Tsing Hua

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Eel Team Six

Eel looking at the camera

Teamwork makes the dream work! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What’s your favorite team sport? Whatever it is, team sports involve not just great players, but great teamwork. Fish, on the other hand, are not known for their teamwork. No one’s heard of a

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Killer Kitty

Cat with a mouse as a prey next to it

Kitty’s bringing home dead birds AGAIN? Is she hungry, or just having fun? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Tail twitching, butt wiggling – and POUNCE! Outdoor cats think they’re providing for us, but their hunting can hurt native animal populations. How can owners help

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Eight Punches

Brown octopus

Why did the octopus punch the fish? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Remember those school yard bullies from grade school? They’d just push people over and start punching! But imagine if these kids had EIGHT FISTS! Eduardo Sampaio from University of Lisbon, Portugal, and

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Daunted Dingoes

Fred-a-scare moving

You’ve heard of scarecrows – how about scare-DINGOES?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Australian wolves, known as DINGOES, prey on farmers’ livestock. When they’re caught having a farm-fresh meal, it becomes their LAST meal. Is there a…FRIENDLIER way to fend off predators? Enter Bradley

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Bat-ting the Distance

Vampire bat with device attached to its back

Down with a cold? Don’t worry, stay batty! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Feeling under the weather? Nothing beats curling up in bed! Hanging out with friends can wait — we don’t want them getting sick too! But what do OTHER social animals do

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Altruistic Apes

Two Bonobo monkeys looking at a leaf that one of them holds

When it comes to helping strangers, what kind of ape are you? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You might think altruism is a uniquely human trait. For example, when lending a helping hand, chimpanzees tend to favor their friends. But do other primates show

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