Rat Race

Could your next driving instructor be … Stuart Little? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wild rats are smarter than scientists thought. One wild rat escaped and eluded seasoned field researchers for over four months! So are lab rats naturally dumber than their liberated friends?

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Outsider’s Tragedy

What’s not out about being IN? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Someone got a flat tire on the highway – poor guy! You would definitely stop to help a friend, but hesitate when it’s a stranger… why? Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal from UC Berkeley and

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Neighborly Squirrels

Photo of red squirrel in tree.

Won’t you be my neighbor… said the SQUIRREL?!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Harsh winters, hungry predators… Life is tough for red squirrels in the Yukon! They’re an extremely territorial bunch — each squirrel fends for itself and defends its turf. But could these

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Ocean Influencers

Three dolphins swimming just under the surface of the water.

Just cuz all your friends are doing it…? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Teenage years: a time to try new things! For better or worse. Some stuff we learn from our parents, other stuff from friends. Dolphins are no different! Case in point? Shelling!

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Laughing Matters

“We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you!” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science – saying, perhaps! Maybe it’s the chuckling snort of your Grandpa Al. Or the appletini-infused cackling at a ladies’ night out. In any case, the way we laugh, and who

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Stressed-Out Chicks

Are the most popular kids also the most stressed out? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: You’d be surprised what the little birds tell us! At Oxford and Saint Andrews universities, researchers investigated what factors make youngsters more social adults. The researchers turned to

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Social Interference

Are you shy? Maybe your T-cells are to blame! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. T-cells are the body’s immune warriors. They fight off invaders and keep you healthy! But what if your army of cells is short a few good men? You might get

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Robot Pals

Siri, teach me something about. . . emotional intelligence? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. People with autism is don’t always recognize differences in body language or tones of voice. This makes communication a challenge. Therapists can help with improving these skills – but it

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