Hey Siri

Alexa, play “Baby Shark.” Alexa, PLAY “BABY SHARK”! ALEXA?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Kids can get pretty chatty with Alexa and Siri – even though they’re just “virtual assistants!” How does that affect the way they talk to REAL people?  Enter Alexis Hiniker

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Boozy Social Hour

Hey hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Skol! Prost! L’chaim! Raising a glass together can turn strangers into friends! But can it make us TOO friendly?  Enter Laura Gurrieri from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and colleagues. They wondered

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Perfection Perception

"How to take the perfect selfie" instructions

It’s hard to be a millennial—when you’re a millennial? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Overachievers. OCD. Helicopter parents. Buzz words, sure, but are these tied to real phenomena? Enter researchers from the UK, Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill. They compiled over one-hundred-and-fifty studies from

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Salamander Limbs

Oh my aching joints! If only knees grew on trees! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When a salamander gets grabbed by the tail – off it comes. He just grows a new one! Amphibians that can grow back limbs have special proteins known as

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Hunting for Zzzzzs

Parents, what’s with teens and SLEEPING? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your teens are night owls. They hit the hay just as their grandparents are waking up. Why is this? Enter David Samson at the University of Toronto. He and his colleagues went to

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Technology Troubles

WARNING! This cat video is too cute for class! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Nowadays, many students bring their laptops to lectures. But for learning, or for BROWSING? Do students and faculty consider surfing in class a distraction? Enter Elena Neiterman and Christine Zaza

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Bony Mysteries

Ever thought you had a funny looking toe? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We weren’t always the only human species on Earth. Although we know of a few, archaeologists believe there are still more to discover. Ten years ago, researchers discovered an ancient toe

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Hobbit Miss-tery

News flash! Hobbits are real! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, taking you to Indonesia’s Flores Island. In 2003, archeologists unearthed a fossilized female skeleton there. The ancient human was only three feet tall. But she was an adult, so the scientists dubbed her “the

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Cavemen Go Green

Did Wilma have to remind Fred to sort the recycling? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Life wasn’t easy four hundred thousand years ago. There was no Cave Depot! What to do when your sharp rock breaks? Recycle it! Archaeologists recently found that early humans

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Chinny-chin-chin

What do Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Jay Leno have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: They’re all twins! Just kidding. They all have prominent chins, of course. But even they can’t tell you why. The chin’s true function remains a mystery,

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