Drooling for Drama

Are our kids doing a spit take? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Would you share a soda straw with a stranger? How about your sister? Family bonding sometimes means swapping a little spit! Ashley Thomas and colleagues from Harvard University wondered – can BABIES

Continue reading

Take Your Time

Why do today what you can put off until…whenever? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You know that home improvement project you keep procrastinating on? Would setting a deadline help you get it off your plate? Enter Stephen Knowles at the University of Otago Business

Continue reading

Laughter Detector

I’m a poet and I show it – my feet are Longfellows! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. No offense, Dad – but Dad jokes are THE WORST! Sometimes you can’t help but laugh. Or…you might share the laughter — just to be polite! Enter

Continue reading

Guilty Pleasures

Hark! Is that the ice cream truck I hear? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Trips are fun — but guilt trips are not! Guilt shapes much of our actions, for better or worse. But can we control those guilty feelings? Kristen Duke and On

Continue reading

Lone Phone

All by myself….! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Being a teenager has always been challenging! My flashbacks to middle school are scary enough! But apparently now it’s becoming even harder. Many teens today report feeling lonelier than previous generations did!  But WHY? Jean Twengea

Continue reading

Schrödinger’s Robber

Sure I’ll give you half my candy bar. But I’m NOT sharing with the whole carpool! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, where do YOU fall on the selfishness meter? Carlos Alós-Ferrer, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland wanted to find out. He

Continue reading

Ad-itude

That purse speaks to you. Those shoes are calling your name! How does Instagram know the EXACT way to your wallet?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Marketing departments throw ads at us with pinpoint accuracy. But can we sniff out WHICH ads are targeted

Continue reading

Outsider’s Tragedy

What’s not out about being IN? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Someone got a flat tire on the highway – poor guy! You would definitely stop to help a friend, but hesitate when it’s a stranger… why? Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal from UC Berkeley and

Continue reading

Spread with a Kiss

Lovey, give us a kiss then!   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.   Kissing can be a beautiful expression of love. But kissing also has an uglier side: spreading disease! So, what can kissing tell us about epidemiology?   Enter Troels Arbøll and Sophie

Continue reading

Dangerously Delicious

  Are junk foods HIJACKING your brain!?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Junk food can be irresistible. But are we BORN with this preference, or is it something we LEARN?  Sharmili Thanarajah from the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and team investigated.  Researchers

Continue reading