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What do you get when you cross a Chinese father and a German mother? Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science… and a curious study where East meets West.  Tarek Amer at the University of Toronto explored the different ways we gaze. Sixty West European and East Asian

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State of Conversation

“This call may be recorded for quality assurance.” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Okay, but who’s assuring the quality? Maybe a company like Marchex. It analyzes customer-service calls for businesses. Say you call your cable company about your bill. Marchex can tell them

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Still Lost in Translation

Is “Don’t worry, be happy!” an effective strategy for life? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: That may be a question for positive psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on dysfunction, positive psychology studies how people thrive. But critics say the field depends on a

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Oh, the Humanities!

The humanities! Not so HUMAN? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Long ago, homo sapiens weren’t the only people on the block. Before modern humans arrived from Africa, Europe was home to Neanderthals. We usually think of this sister species as brutish and uncultured. And

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