Power House

Hey couch potatoes! Could watching TV power… your home? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Despite our best intentions, we constantly waste energy. Not because I fell asleep watching Jeopardy, again, but due to heat loss. Phones, computers, cars – almost any device or large

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Body Mod

Smart watches are SOOOOOO 2017….! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today’s smartwatches can track everything from your heart rate to your breathing. But Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota thinks we can do better. He and his colleagues want to print electronics directly

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Human or Hologram?

Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi — you’re my only hope! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In Sci-fi films, communicating via 3-D holograms is all the rage. Here on earth, our two dimensional video conference calls? Not nearly as exciting. No longer, says Roel Vertegaal of

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Graphene Chips

Microchips as tasty as…potato chips? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You may have heard of graphene. It’s pure carbon arranged in a one atom thick honeycomb pattern. In this form, carbon becomes stronger than steel, and makes better wires than copper. While potentially useful

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Fantastic Voyage

Do you remember the classic movie, Fantastic Voyage? If not that, then at least Raquel Welch’s jumpsuit? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s fun to think about how 21st century science has actually caught up with 1960s science fiction. In this case, think mini-submarines

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3-D Gets Real

Free the man in the phone! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re FaceTiming with your dad. But instead of seeing his face trapped in a two-D screen, his image is free-floating in the air – in three-D! Sounds like a sci-fi movie, right?

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Origami Engineering

Would you drive across a paper bridge? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Engineers in Japan and the United States are intrigued by origami. That’s the Japanese art of paper folding. Picture those paper cranes we made as children. Why would origami interest engineers? Think

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