Golden Ticket

There’s gold in them there … bacteria? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When gold and copper are surrounded by certain other chemicals, they’re toxic to the environment. This can hurt the soil, and, in turn, the plants and animals living there. But Nature has

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Bacteria Batteries

Fitness trackers, VR, AI….oh my! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today wearable tech is EVERYWHERE. Typically, these products are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Unfortunately, these are bad for the environment, and require frequent recharging. Is there an alternative? Xiaomeng Liu and team from the

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Seagrass Saviors

Seagrass in your hair? Yuck!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The ocean collects a lot of things: shipwrecks, plastic…And harmful bacteria from sewage. These sickening microbes can result in a trip to the hospital…or worse! Where can we find a safe place to play

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Dragon Plastic

DING, DING! Bacteria vs….dragonflies?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science… saying The winner… Dragonflies! Their wings are covered with tiny spikes that tear through bacteria like pizza dough! Could we borrow this spiky design to fend off germs?  Enter Denver Linklater of Royal Melbourne Institute

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Solar Cyborg Bacteria

We’re not the only ones having fun in the sun this summer! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Special bacteria can convert energy into things we need, like fuel. Scientists tried giving them a boost by connecting them to solar cells. But when bacteria touch

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To Infini-tea and Beyond

Space, the final frontier – for bacteria! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bacteria are EVERYWHERE – but they’re not ALL bad. Helpful bacteria, called probiotics, are found in food and drinks, like Kombucha tea! So if bacteria can survive in my drink…where else can

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Bio Friendly Bacteria

What do cheese, beer and sauerkraut have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science – saying…. FERMENTATION – a process that uses bacteria to make a picnic! But what ELSE can it do? From nail salons to ball pits, acetone and isopropanol are all

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Pimple Power

Pimples – they pack a PUNCH!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying “put up yer dukes!”.  Our skin is home to more than one TRILLION microorganisms, battling for domination!  So Anyo Tsuro and colleagues from Osaka City University staged a Battle of the Bacteria!

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Golden Ticket

There’s gold in them there … bacteria? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When gold and copper are surrounded by certain other chemicals, they’re toxic to the environment. This can hurt the soil, and, in turn, the plants and animals living there. But Nature has

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Vanilla Warfare

Reduce, reuse, recycle…VANILLA? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Plastic wrapping, cups, utensils, oh my! Plastic production is contributing to a global waste crisis! One type of plastic in particular, P.E.T, can be recycled — but it doesn’t break down easily. Is there a sweet

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