Grandma’s Guidance

killer whale fins above ocean water

When times get tough…who won’t let you down? Grandma! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What do humans and killer whales have in common? Menopause! Only a few species experience it. But why? Is there a reason that whale mamas stop reproducing? Meet Daniel Franks

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Glowing Squids

photograph of a humboldt squid swimming in the deep ocean

A light in the darkness…what is it trying to tell us? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Welcome to the MIDNIGHT ZONE. Where strange creatures wander through a pitch black eternal night. But what’s that mysterious glow…?   Benjamin Burford’s team at Stanford University looked where

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City Life

  Ah, the hustle and bustle of the city…under the sea! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Coral reefs aren’t just colorful. They are also LOUD! A healthy reef reverberates with munching fish and scuttling shrimp. But when reefs are damaged? Silence! Like hipsters flocking

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Happy Feet the Scientist

Could climate scientists get some help from…Happy Feet? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Monitoring our oceans helps us understand how they’re changing. Right now, sensors monitor the sea’s currents, temperature, and salt levels. But they can’t cover the ENTIRE ocean. Picture the data as

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Under Pressure

Dum-dum dum da-da dum-dum…You think YOU’RE “under pressure?” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The shrimp-like critter, Hirondellea gigas has us all beat! It lives under EXTREME pressure, ten thousand meters deep underwater. How extreme? Eight-hundred times that at sea level! Other crustaceans cannot survive

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Mighty Methane Munchers

It’s jolly! Its green! But its …not a giant? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The ocean is teeming with diverse life, especially at hot vents on the ocean floor! For example, Archaea — single celled organisms, not to be confused with bacteria. Tiny, one-celled

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Fantasy Islands

What do island paradises and diapers have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, with the poop on coral-reef islands! These islands build up from sediment deposited over time. But where does that sediment come from? Sometimes, from parrotfish! To be specific, parrotfish poop!

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Garbage Gobblers

What do cockroaches and plastics have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…they both can last for THOUSANDS of years! Its estimated that there are more than five TRILLION plastic bits floating in our oceans. That’s more than the number of stars found

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Nordic Adventure

Vikings! Grab your helmets! And your, MAGIC CRYSTALS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Centuries ago, Vikings ruled the North Atlantic without compasses. Instead of following north, legends say they chased the sun using CRYSTALS, known as sunstones! These chunks of pure calcite split light

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Shark Sense

When it comes to hunting prey, what’s a shark’s secret? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: They’ve got it under their skin. Sharks can detect electrical fields of moving prey. How? They have a network of pores around their snout called ampullae of Lorenzini.

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