Fueled by Tequila

Who’s up for Margarita Monday?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Agave is a sharp succulent most famous for its starring role in tequila. Just the thing after a long day of Zoom meetings! But what else can this miracle plant do??  Agave can be

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Sipping Seawater

How about a refreshing glass of… seawater? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. What water shortage? Earth is covered in water! But only one percent is drinkable – the rest is salty seawater! And desalinating it takes LOTS of energy! Zhenyuan Xu and scientists at Shanghai

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Think YOU’VE got a helpful neighbor? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Good neighbors reach out in times of need. But can plants do the same? Meet Martin Bader and Sebastian Leuzinger from Auckland University of Technology. They were hiking in New Zealand when they

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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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Yummy Water

Does water have a flavor? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our tongue has taste buds to detect if something is sweet, sour, bitter, or salty. But how do we taste water? A team from Caltech may have uncovered the HIDDEN taste of water. How?

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Marine Mucus Shelter

Hate cleaning house? Here’s a fun new solution! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Larvaceans are ocean creatures that resemble tadpoles. Every day they build a three-foot long mucus shelter that also traps food. To eat, the larvacean pumps and filters seawater through this gooey

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Dirty Drinking

What do trees, coastlines, and pineapples have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Answer? They’re all FRACTALS, shapes that repeat as you zoom in. Their aesthetically-pleasing geometry inspires artists, writers, and even scientists! Sagar Khare’s team from Rutgers University felt drawn to fractals…

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Plastic Protection

Yikes – dropped your smartphone in the toilet… again?!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Wouldn’t it be great if our precious devices were water-proof? Or even better – LIQUID and STAIN proof? Meet Paul Leu and his research team from the University of

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Shaken, Not Stirred

Is the key to finding dark matter. . . in your fridge? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Water freezes because impurities act as “seeds” for ice crystals to grow. But, if you put PURE water in the freezer, it can stay liquid – even

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Red Planet Blues

Everyone into the pool!…on MARS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A long time ago, in a galaxy not at all far away, Mars was super wet. How wet? About twenty-percent covered in liquid! But now our Red Planet is dry and dusty. Where did

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