Mushroom Thunder

Heard of magic mushrooms? Here’s some mushroom magic! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Japanese mushroom farmers know the sound of thunder means good luck! Why? Thunderstorms lead to bushels of mushrooms! Not just any ol’ rainstorm — specifically thunderstorms. Is this science, or superstition?

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Plastic Protection

Yikes – dropped your smartphone in the toilet… again?!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Wouldn’t it be great if our precious devices were water-proof? Or even better – LIQUID and STAIN proof? Meet Paul Leu and his research team from the University of

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Fierce Fungus

What do you get when you cross a mushroom with a spider? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Mosquitoes are not just annoying — some are deadly! Anopheline mosquitoes in Africa transmit life-threatening diseases like malaria with one bite. What’s worse, they’re becoming resistant to

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Anti-Smoking Trip

Can magic mushrooms… help you quit smoking? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Go ask Alice! Or ask Matthew Johnson, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His study enrolled 15 volunteers who had been smokers for an average of 30 years. All had

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Bee Plus

The hive’s in danger. Is the solution. . . magic mushrooms? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bee populations worldwide are in danger. Deadly viruses spread by mites deform their wings, rendering them unable to fly. Can we save the bees? Meet Walter Sheppard of

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Just Add Mushrooms

Look out! Pothole! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Potholes and cracks. Every commuter’s nightmare. If only the problem could fix itself! Enter Congrui Jin and her team at Binghamton and Rutgers universities. They filled in the cracks by hiring some self-motivated construction workers. Who?

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