Sarcast-O-Meter

Bless your heart. Does our snark detector fade as we age? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Psychologists in Scotland wanted to know. Because as we get older, some brain tissue loses connectivity. It’s perfectly normal, but causes us to perceive things differently. For example,

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Happy Weight

Can Happy Meals help us lose weight? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We Americans love super-sized fast food, even though that’s not particularly healthy. Can we curb this habit? University of Arizona psychologist Martin Reimann thinks maybe so. He researched serving incentives along with

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The Healing Touch

Baby has an owie – what to do? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Seeing an infant in pain can break your heart. Mommy’s touch is the age-old remedy – but does it really work? Enter Deniz Gursul from the University of Oxford. Her team

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Let’s Do Lunch

Business dispute? Break bread, not heads! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you have a disagreement with someone, it can help to hash it out over a meal. But does WHAT you’re eating make a difference? Kaitlin Woolley from University of Chicago set up

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Extra-Sensory Perceptions

If you can’t believe your eyes and ears – ask your fingers! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. As toddlers, we learn about our world through seeing, hearing, and touching. And we learn fast! Hot stove? OUCH! But can our sense of touch step up

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PUN-derstanding

Did you hear the one about the guy who lost his left arm? He’s all RIGHT now! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on, yes, puns. Researchers Seana Coulson and Els Severens wondered, which side of the brain enjoys a good pun? They recorded

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Clock and Awe

Short on time? Wouldn’t it be AWE-some to have more? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Time seems to stand still when you’re staring at the stars. Or standing on edge of the Grand Canyon! But does contemplating something vast and awe-inspiring make you feel

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Chummy Chimps

Stressed out? SERENITY NOW! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Social interactions help keep our stress response well-balanced. But are all social encounters created equal? Enter researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. To understand how friendship impacts stress levels, they monitored wild chimpanzees

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Cuteness Overload

You are cute enough to EAT…or…SQUISH?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you see adorable, chubby babies, don’t you just want pinch to them? Maybe even BITE them? Well, you’re not alone. This feeling is called “cute aggression.” Huh? How can aggression be cute?

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Survival of the Loudest

Who’s tough enough to survive on ….The Voice?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Animals must compete for food, mates, and other resources to win the survival race. The successful ones tend to be larger or more physically formidable than their opponents. But size can

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