Dance Pants

Bellbottoms, knee-highs, and perms, oh my! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Fashion – it NEVER stops changing! What used to be HIP is now squaresville. And technology moves even faster than style. Who can keep up? Ramses Martinez and his team at Purdue University

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Water From Wood

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, I’m parched! Sailors everywhere wish ocean water was drinkable. What if there was a cheap way to REMOVE the salt? Professor Liangbing Hu from the University of Maryland might

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A Powerful Leg-Up

I WOULD be out there getting my steps – but I forgot to charge up my Fit-Bit! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Walking gets our blood flowing and burns calories. But can walking power MORE than just our well-being? Enter Wei-Hsin Liao from the

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Robot Co-worker

Can’t we all just get along…with robots? This is Sandra Tsing-Loh, with the Loh Down on Science. Robots seem to be a good choice for jobs that are easily automated. But what about…driving? That requires human skills like dexterity and instinct. Are robots really cut out to be cabbies? Matthias

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Technology Troubles

WARNING! This cat video is too cute for class! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Nowadays, many students bring their laptops to lectures. But for learning, or for BROWSING? Do students and faculty consider surfing in class a distraction? Enter Elena Neiterman and Christine Zaza

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RoboBee

Look! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s RoboBee! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Drones help us explore areas we can’t get to on foot. But the bulkier the drone, the more difficult and dangerous to fly. So smaller IS better! But microdrones can’t

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Laser Sailing

Space…the final frontier! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Breakthrough Starshot is a globally funded engineering research project. Their mission? To send thin, sheetlike “starChips” into space and take closeup pictures of alien stars. A whole fleet of these objects is designed to sail through

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Cars Lite

Does your car need to go on a diet? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wish your gas-guzzler got more miles to the gallon? It would if it wasn’t so heavy! Steel accounts for more than FIFTY PERCENT of average car weight! Replacing steel with

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Purifying Petals

I see the future of water purification through rose-colored glasses – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Does your water purifier look dull and boring? Meet Weigu Li and his research team from the University of Texas, Austin. They engineered a stylish new water

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Self-Driving Safety

With great autonomous vehicles, comes great autonomous responsibility! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. As we age, our reaction time slows and driving gets trickier. The solution? Self-driving cars! However, most autonomous cars require alert drivers ready to take control in an emergency. What if

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