Buzzing Cities

Why does this place have so much BUZZ anyway?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Would you rather live in an empty lot, full of scraggly shrubs, or a beautiful urban garden? WAIT, plot twist… you’re a BEE. Where would you make your bee-home in

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Resurrecting Spiders

Beware the dead spider robots!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying: “Quick! Grab a shoe”. Ready, aim and…Wack! The spider falls to the ground. Watch as its legs curl. Yuck! Why do they do that!? Enter Te Faye Yap and team from Rice University. 

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Dreaming Spiders

Spiders – they bite! They jump! They…DREAM? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s bedtime and you stare up at your ceiling. A SPIDER! Do you flee? Do you leave it be? Maybe it’s asleep? Say… do spiders… dream? Daniela Robler and team from Washington

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Insect Wound Schmear

Need pain relief cream? Hold the bug spray! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Chopping veggies for dinner and … YIKES! Where’s the Neosporin?? It’s not just us — even wild animals can have accidents! And they’ve been known to self-medicate, mostly with plants. But

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Very Hungry Caterpillars

Munch munch munch… Someday I will be a beautiful butterfly! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Caterpillars spend their days busily feasting, turning carbon-rich leaves into nitrogen-rich poo. This means less falling leaves and more caterpillar poop washing into nearby lakes. This can change the

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Bumblebeer

Man pouring beer in a glass

Bees can sting, but can they make you…tipsy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brewing beer is an age-old tradition, and it’s all thanks to YEAST. There are nearly two thousand kinds of yeast on Earth. But only two types are used to brew beer:

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Painless Proboscis

Mosquitos!  What a pain! Or…are they?    This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Mosquitos are a familiar foe.  They bite and leave behind itchy reminders of their presence.  But how is it we never notice them sucking our blood until it’s too late?   At the Ohio

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Bumblebee Gardening 101

Bumblebee crawling on a pink flower

What’s black and yellow and has a green thumb?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Bumblebee gardeners!? We know bees buzz around gardens, collecting pollen from flowers. But climate change is altering WHEN flowers bloom. Until the flowers show up, there’s no pollen for

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Wasp Wallpaper

The timeless beauty of classical art! The Greeks, the Romans….the WASPS??!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wasps…the scourge of picnics everywhere. It’s never a good day when you spot a wasp nest. Or is it? For Helen Green at the University of Melbourne it’s a

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