Veggie Tales

It’s flu season… for PLANTS?!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Like us, plants catch viruses. Their home remedy? Plants use molecular scissors to break viruses into tiny pieces. These bits of genetic material are replicated, creating small interfering RNA’s — or siRNA’s. These act

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The Spy Who Cured Me

Newest weapon in the war on cancer? A Trojan horse! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Cancer thrives and spreads throughout the body by disguising itself as healthy tissue. It sends a “do not eat me” signal to trick our body’s immune cells. Can we

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Sweet Bee

What’s the BUZZZZ on BEEZ? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Honey bee populations have majorly declined in recent years. It’s called colony collapse disorder, and its cause has eluded beekeepers and scientists. Until now! Nancy Moran and researchers at University of Texas, Austin found

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Going Gray

ANOTHER gray hair? Oh no! Break out the Lady Grecian Formula! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, on going gray! Oh, those silvery locks, at too young an age – is stress to blame? Melissa Harris from the University of Alabama, Birmingham studied how stress

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Chef’s Secret

Baking soda – so many uses! Teeth brushing, fridge-freshening – your…spleen?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your spleen is a blood filter and infection fighter! Like a pumped-up boxer in the ring – if you’re threatened by infection, it fights back by releasing M-one

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Odd Couple Mice

Hey, lab mice – take a walk on the wild side! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For fifty years, scientists have worked hard to breed a standard lab mouse. Similar mice let researchers have better control over their experiments. They can compare different drugs

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Tattoo You

I’m gonna look so tough with my Hello Kitty tattoo! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know tattoos are permanent. But science says our body recycles most of our cells every seven years. Old beat up cells are replaced with sprightly new cells!

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Good Fat

Is the cure for that next cold. . . your love handles? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. If your pants are too tight, perhaps there’s a silver lining. Consider a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. They discovered that fat

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Going Batty

What’s Batman’s REAL super-power? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Viruses take energy and nutrients from their hosts. BUT it also takes energy to FIGHT viruses! In us humans, eventually, either the host or the virus dies. But, BATS can carry viruses for YEARS. How?

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