Grub Gamblin’ Seals

At sea, sometimes SEAL-ing the deal is risky business!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine BULKING up to start a family. Male elephant seals need to get big to fight off other males during mating season. In fact, males can gain ONE THOUSAND pounds

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Birdie Breakups

Do seabirds sign prenups? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. All aboard for Love Island! For the albatross seabird, that’s The Falklands. Albatrosses are monogamous, generally mating with one partner for life. Or at least, for a while —  like us, they can divorce and

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Killer Fungus

Hey – isn’t it YOUR turn to take out the trash?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… more trash, more flies! And they can host a fungus called Entomophthora Muscae. Which has a sweet trick for turning its hosts into stealth killers! HOW? Andreas

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Spider Dance

Sometimes you gotta risk it for the biscuit! This is Sandra Tsing-Loh, with the Loh Down on Science. Decisions, decisions! Paper or plastic? Bagel or breakfast burrito? Every day, we make these life-or-death decisions. Is this a human-only trait? George Uetz from the University of Cincinnati says, No – spiders

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Sexy Scary Wings

Can colors be scary and sexy at the same time? This is Sandra Tsing Loh, with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Yes! At least for butterflies. Consider the heliconius erato butterfly of Central America. It sports a red band on its black forewing and a yellow stripe on its

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Hummingbird Hustle

Want to drive the chicks wild? Shake a tail feather! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Nature is filled with mating dances. Peacocks shake their tails, spiders shimmy, and flamingos Flamenco. They all boogie to their own beat, but is the timing of their two-step

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Howling Mad

Hey, guys: You can be large or you can be loud. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and a trade-off that makes monkeys howl. Howler monkeys, that is. They’re native to Central and South American forests. And they’re known for their loud calls, which carry

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Mosquito Mating

Can mosquito species tell each other apart? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Well, not really. That’s why yellow fever mosquitoes will try to mate with Asian tiger mosquitoes, and vice versa. Enter University of Florida entomologists. They wondered about yellow fever mosquito populations

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Spider Reality Show

Spiders who love video games too much? Story at 11! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Jumping spiders are well-known for their good vision. But researchers have a hard time getting them to display natural behaviors in the lab. That’s why scientists at Australia’s Macquarie

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