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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Clean Bacteria

Melaleuca quinquenervia tree. Image by sandid from Pixabay

Hey! What’s on the breakfast buffet – for bacteria? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas — it warms the earth over eighty times more than carbon dioxide does! How do we reduce it? Luke Jeffrey at Southern Cross University

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Cheese Community

Image of cheese.

It’s more than a cheese platter – it’s a COMMUNITY!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever step into a fancy cheese shop? The smells, the flavors – and for some of us, the funkier, the better!! But, leave the brie out too long and

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Night and Day

Luminescent bacteria in the dark

What winds YOUR internal clock? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Roosters crow at dawn. Toddlers wake up at 4 am every day. Plants know when to turn light into energy. But… What about BACTERIA? Zheng Eelderink-Chen at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and

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