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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Gait Aid

Could a new pair of kicks kick-start a healthy habit? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ah, an early morning run! Fresh air, golden sunshine, lush scenery… huffing-and-puffing, chest pains, shin splints! How can we have the FUN of running without all that hard work?

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Plastic Wrap

Got germs? Of course you do – they’re EVERYWHERE! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying….how about a lunchbox lifehack?  Could the plastic cling wrap you use for leftovers help ward off bacteria? Meet Sarah Imani and colleagues from McMaster University in Canada. They created

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Whirligig Science

Are children’s toys making your head spin? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The centrifuge is an essential lab tool. It’s like a really powerful salad spinner. It can separate fluids into layers based on their density. Centrifuges are critical for diagnosing diseases like malaria.

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Dance Pants

Bellbottoms, knee-highs, and perms, oh my! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Fashion – it NEVER stops changing! What used to be HIP is now squaresville. And technology moves even faster than style. Who can keep up? Ramses Martinez and his team at Purdue University

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