Food for Thought

AGH BUMBLEBEES!! Forgot the yogurt again! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science… saying… Ever wish you could add another memory card to your brain before grocery shopping?  Enter Li Li from Jiangnan University and team. They wondered if a GUT CHECK could improve memory… in

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Ommm, my bad!

I before E except after C … or is it the other way around? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Feel like you’re making the same mistakes OVER and OVER? Maybe you just need to take a step back … and meditate! Enter Yanli Lin

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Sound Asleep?

Shh, don’t wake the baby! She’s busy learning… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. “Mama, dada, MORE!!”… Babies pick up words so quickly! When kids memorize words, specific regions of the brain go into hyper-drive. But where does this speed-learning take place in BABIES’ brains??

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Need a change in routine? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, I spoke too soon! You’ve got that daily commute down – twenty, thirty minutes tops! BUT when your GPS says it’ll take thirty-ONE minutes — you ABANDON your usual route! What makes us

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Take a Break

Lookin’ for treats in all the wrong places? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – maybe your brain needs a break! When we study, brain cells called neurons form new knowledge connections — a roadway between facts! When we recall the material? BRAINBLAST! Our

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Woodland Growth

Ahh, birds chirping, leaves rustling … brains GROWING? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A nice walk in the woods does wonders for a busy mind. But how does growing up near woods-y areas help DEVELOPING minds? Researcher Mikaël Maes at Imperial College London and

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Slimey Memories

Slime mold.

Is slime for brains so bad? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Organisms with brains can remember important things. Where to get food, how to build shelter, where I left my car keys . . . But what about organisms WITHOUT brains?  Enter Mirna Kramar

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Workout or Pass Out

Photo of Asian female studying and biting pencil in frustration.

Finals season – time to pull an all-nighter!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…can I just get forty winks first?  We know that both sleep and exercise are good for memory. But in which order? Is there a “magic formula”  to cram for that

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Periodic Table of Fruit

Periodic table substituting elements by fruits

Atoms, ions, carbon – Welcome to Chemistry one-oh-one! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The table of periodic elements – quite the alphabet soup! Phosphorus is a P, but Potassium is a….K?? I don’t get it! But what if it was…an edible arrangement? Gregory Watson

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Coffee or Nap?

Two cups of coffee on a potable table placed on a bed

Foggy brain? How do YOU recharge your batteries — nap or coffee? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Chug down a grande frappuccino after lunch and whoa, you are rip-roaring and ready to go! But does coffee ACTUALLY help? Sara Mednick and colleagues at the

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