Rivers of Colors

River crossing green land fields

We’d be lost without maps! Streets — highways – wait, what’s that squiggly blue line? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying — It’s got to be a river, right? But are rivers REALLY blue? John Gardner at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and

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Down to Earth

Plants growing in SMAG soil

Water woes? Time to get down to earth! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wide open sunlit lands, as far as the eye can see. Should be a great place to grow crops! Problem? the earth is dry and sandy in almost HALF of global

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Visible Water

Moon and stars

Dream vacation of the future? How about…the Moon! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, well….someday! Imagine…you’re just finishing your first tour of the lunar surface. All that crater-hopping can make you thirsty!  But wait… who packed the water?! NASA’s Casey Honniball says: don’t worry!

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Make it Snow

Street picture while snowing

Let it snow or MAKE it snow?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Winter is right around the corner! Time to get your skis waxed and skates sharpened! But what if it doesn’t snow? The problem goes deeper than winter sports. Water scarcity is becoming

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Tree Lickers

A koala bear sitting in a tree grabbing a branch

THIRSTY…but stuck in a tree?!   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Sleeping for twenty hours, snacking for the other four? No, it’s not my COVID-nineteen work schedule – it’s a typical koala bear day! But HOW do koalas stay hydrated with such a “BUSY” routine?

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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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