Heart of a Whale

Be still, my beating heart! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Healthy human heart rates range from about sixty to one hundred beats per minute. Too slow or too fast – we feel lightheaded and weak. How about blue whales? They are the largest animals,

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Eye-Catching Biases

Even the prettiest flowers have to compete for attention!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dahlias, daisies, sunflowers – as a florist, you want to build the most beautiful bouquets! But what if you’re a scientist? Martino Adamo and a team from the University of

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Abbreviation Aggravation

Cubes spelling O-M-G.

Do acronyms make you say “T-M-I” or “I-D-K”? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Can your doctor tell an UPPER ARM from a UTERINE ARTERY? You’d better hope so — your flu shot only goes in ONE of those places! But in medicine, the acronym

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Outdated Scientist

Scientist with wild white hair wearing a lab coat and holding a flash with steaming liquid.

Who can play. . . “Spot the scientist”? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Identifying the “scientist” in a movie is like playing “Where’s Waldo?!” The classic? Back To the Future! Wacky Christopher Lloyd, wild white hair, lab coat, souped up DeLorean. But. . .

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Sticky Spiders

Ever seen a spider get stuck in its OWN web?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – nope – it doesn’t happen! But WHY? Just ask the sticky web master, Cribellate spiders! Their web silk is covered with tiny nanofibers that make it EXTRA

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Colorful Eggspression

Which came first – the white egg or the brown egg? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There’s a reason we wear white after Memorial Day! Dressing in lighter colors helps keep us cool. Bird eggs do the same thing. Light-colored shells keep the embryo

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Soccer or Football?

Fries or chips? Soccer or football? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… same language – different words!  Depends on which side of the pond you’re from. And people from different generations tend to talk differently too.  Brendan Johns and Randall Jamieson of the Universities

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Smelling Bees

Forget spelling bees, how about SMELL-ing bees? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever notice how certain scents bring up old memories? Franziska Neumann of the University of Freiburg wondered whether smells can help us LEARN better, too.  She and her team partnered with two

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Cuttlefish Shades

Why did the  CUTTLEFISH wear glasses?! For science, of course! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Cuttlefish aren’t fish — but they ARE amazing creatures. They can instantly change color to fool predators and prey. But how do they SEE their surroundings? Still a mystery!

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Feline Love

Cat got your… socio-cognitive attachment? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unlike dogs, household cats tend to act like they own the place. They SEEM notoriously aloof and independent. But are they really? Kristyn Vitale from Oregon State University and her team tested how attached

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