Pika Perseverance

Pikachu? More like pika-EWWW! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau of Southeast Asia lives the plateau pika – a little rodent the length of a butter knife. BUT plateau life is no small feat! Temperatures can reach negative twenty degrees fahrenheit,

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Leisurely Lunch

Open wide — Here comes the airplane!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bribing, begging, bargaining…we’ve tried EVERYTHING to get our kids to eat their greens. But could it just be a matter of … TIME?  Enter Xanna Burg and colleagues from the University of

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Pasta-bilities

Ikea furniture and pasta have something in common… and it AIN’T MEATBALLS! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Penne, rigatoni, farfalle … oh my! I can’t wait for pasta night – I’ve got a cupboard full of choices! But all that packaging – so wasteful!

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Slimey Memories

Slime mold.

Is slime for brains so bad? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Organisms with brains can remember important things. Where to get food, how to build shelter, where I left my car keys . . . But what about organisms WITHOUT brains?  Enter Mirna Kramar

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Holographic Sweets

The words "Edible" and "Nano" written using edible holographic material

As Willie Wonka says: come taste the…holographic rainbow? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Shining, shimmering, splendid – holograms! Their rainbow colors show up on credit cards, stickers, even currencies. Holograms are so fun – if only we could use them on food! But inks

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Big Brains

Plastic brain model

Big brain…tiny list of Facebook friends? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We, humans, are VERY smart mammals – if we do say so ourselves! Some say it’s because we have such big brains. But at what cost to society? Manuela González-Suárez at the University

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Hangry Caterpillars

Catepillars eating and fighting.

When does the very HUNGRY caterpillar become very HANGRY? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Eating is a serious – and DANGEROUS – business! I WILL “cut you” for that last piece of Valentine’s candy! Do our creepy-crawly friends feel the same? Enter Joseph Collie

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Grandma’s Hands

Sourdough bread

Do grandmas really have a “magic touch” for baking? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Aspen Reese from Harvard wanted to know: can grandma’s actual hands really make a difference? She and her team sent flour to eighteen bakers across North America and Europe. The

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The Perfect Pop

A pot with overfloading popcorn on a gas stove

Movie magic meets… popcorn science? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. No movie night is complete without delicious, buttery popcorn! But have you ever wondered what makes those kernels pop and jump? A study led by Ecole Polytechnic tried to explain this phenomenon. Two French

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Rice Cooker

Rice is delicious! But no longer nutritious? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Climate change can really bring the heat! But, ocean levels aren’t the only thing on the rise. Carbon dioxide levels are also increasing. How does this change in the atmosphere affect our

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