Space Race

Traveling to Mars? Don’t forget the sunblock! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – Pop on those shades! Both the sun AND our galaxy put out some deadly stuff. Too much basking in cosmic rays can lead to cancer and even deadly radiation poisoning.

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Antiprism-tastic!

What’s the difference between the Baltimore World Trade Center and New York’s One World Tower?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying —  One is a prism and the other is an ANTIprism! 3D prisms have two parallel shapes connected with rectangles. Think — cereal

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Who’s Thirsty

Who’s thirsty? Harry Potter says … AGUAMENTE! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. That’s the wizarding charm to summon clean water with the wave of a wand! What if we could do the same – pull water from the air? Enter Iwan Haechler and colleagues

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Three Thumbs Up

What could YOU do with a third thumb? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying … win a thumb wrestling contest – hands down! Prosthetics are a great solution for people who are missing limbs. But could they also give us a little something EXTRA? 

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Superhearing!

Say what, Batman?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are those bats talking about ME? Bats can both squeak and hear at frequencies so high, you’d need SUPER-hearing to detect it! Or at least – BAT-hearing? Enter Ville Pulkki and colleagues at Aalto University in

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Hicc-Away Heroes

The HiccAway product

I just can’t stop hic – hic – hiccupping!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… What’s YOUR favorite home remedy? A good scare? Upside-down drinking?  Hiccups are caused by spasms of the diaphragm — the muscle separating the chest and abdomen. This spasm forces

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Bite-time Story

Image of mosquitoes (Anopheles stephensi) which transmits malaria. Photo credit - Jim Gathany This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library (PHIL).

Bugged by pesky mosquitoes? Try adjusting your ALTITUDE! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Malaria is a deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. And almost eighty percent of malaria mosquito bites occur indoors. BUT, these mosquitoes fly close to the ground. Could raising the height of

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Hydrogen Sensor

Hydrogen logo on gas stations fuel dispenser. h2 combustion engine for emission free ecofriendly transport. 3d rendering — Stock Image & Photo

Hydrogen power! It can take us up into outer space or down the freeway! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Potato chips, gummy worms, awesome playlist – ready for a road trip!  Or . . . ALMOST ready! To get from L.A. to San Diego

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Diabolical Tank

The diabolical ironclad beetle (Phloeodes diabolicus)

What has six legs and is INDESTRUCTIBLE?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dropped your phone and cracked it AGAIN?? Can’t they make these cases stronger? Jesus Rivera from UC Riverside and team found the solution hiding in a tree. The Diabolical Ironclad beetle makes

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Hashtag Yes-Filters

Water droplet rings

Thirsty for knowledge?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Water desalination filters are like blocks of Swiss cheese. The holes let water through, but stop salt and pollutants. Filters like these could be the key to getting clean water to drought-stricken areas! But some filters

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