Smelling Bees

Forget spelling bees, how about SMELL-ing bees? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever notice how certain scents bring up old memories? Franziska Neumann of the University of Freiburg wondered whether smells can help us LEARN better, too.  She and her team partnered with two

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Rat Race

Could your next driving instructor be…Stuart Little? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wild rats are smarter than scientists thought. One wild rat escaped and eluded seasoned field researchers for over four months! So are lab rats naturally dumber than their liberated friends? Or could

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Picturebook Overload

One pic, two pics, three pics, four. I don’t want to learn anymore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Big letters, bright pictures, and lots of sparkles! What better way to get a toddler hyped for storytime! But could all that visual bling be overloading

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Early Education

Talk about a Head Start program! Can eggs learn BEFORE they hatch? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. American bullfrogs are like a virus. They can quickly spread and destroy a balanced ecosystem with their insatiable appetite. So why is it so hard to stop

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Something to Crow About

You’re a bird brain! Hey, that’s a compliment! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Starting with a cupcake, could you figure out how to make another one? If you didn’t know anything about baking, probably not! Humans learn by watching others and imitating behaviors.. Is

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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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Typing Test

Practice makes perfect! Right? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You’re learning to play the piano. You practice endlessly but you’re still stuck on “Chopsticks!” Is it your clumsy fingers, or is something ELSE slowing you down? Marlene Bönstrup from the National Institute of Health

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Better Baby Babble

Is your babbling baby the next Shakespeare? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Baby babble… it’s sooooo cute! But it’s also an important part of brain development. Infancy is when babies hear and try to mimic the sounds around them. This exercise lays down the

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Loosened Lips

Does my margarita make me MORE articulate? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down Science. Alcohol affects how our brain works and remembers. Many bilingual speakers claim their foreign language skills IMPROVE after a drink. But is it just liquid courage? Fritz Renner at Maastricht University in the

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Telephone Champs

Who’s better at playing telephone – Schroeder or Charlie Brown? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Playing telephone – it’s tricky! You swear you heard that you won a new Toyota. Sorry – that’s a new toy YODA! Yun Nan from Beijing Normal University tested

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