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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Useful Leftovers

Wine in glass.

Hmm, medium-bodied, oaky, with notes of straight-up…sugar?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wine tasting can be fun! However, not everything in the vat ends up in the bottle. Wine MAKING produces a lot of waste! California alone trashes two hundred thousands tons a year.

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Gas to First Class

Plane coming in for landing.

Fight carbon dioxide with…flight? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Back during the Renaissance, alchemists tried to turn metal into gold. No, it didn’t work – but what about some modern-day alchemy? Planes in flight burn fossil fuels, creating carbon dioxide. But could CO2 be

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Periodic Table of Fruit

Periodic table substituting elements by fruits

Atoms, ions, carbon – Welcome to Chemistry one-oh-one! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The table of periodic elements – quite the alphabet soup! Phosphorus is a P, but Potassium is a….K?? I don’t get it! But what if it was…an edible arrangement? Gregory Watson

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Bumblebeer

Man pouring beer in a glass

Bees can sting, but can they make you…tipsy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brewing beer is an age-old tradition, and it’s all thanks to YEAST. There are nearly two thousand kinds of yeast on Earth. But only two types are used to brew beer:

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Let Them Eat Air

Cell converting some molecules into others

Can we make food out of thin air? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Soil is full of microbes. These tiny organisms eat and break down other organisms. They also recycle nutrients. But in desolate places on earth, or even in space, what is there

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Fizzy and Fat

Two glasses of iced bubbly beverage

Your beverage of choice. Fizzy or flat? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We know that sugary sodas can pack on pounds. But we love our bubbly bevs! So we’re cutting back on soda, drinking more sparkling water, and staying hydrated! That’s a healthy lifestyle

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Mushroom Counterfeiters

Counterfeit mushrooms? That’s nothing to sniff at. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Italian alba white truffles are a fungal delicacy. Connoisseurs love their distinct aroma and taste. So much so, that their going rate is about three thousand dollars per pound! Unfortunately, the aroma

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Smart Smell

Lime, lemon, … Cinnamon. One of these things is not like the others! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Familiar aromas can bring back childhood memories — OR send a chill up your spine! But why do things get personal for the brain when it

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Spooky Snapshot

Was there life before Instagram?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A century ago, Instagram filters didn’t exist. But artists created beautiful, black and white photographic images with an other-worldly effect. This mysterious technique, known as mordançage, makes the black parts of the picture billow

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