Growing Arms and Legs

Salamanders, starfish and lizards, oh my! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Lost your tail? Muscles, blood, and nerves with a side of skin please!  These lucky amphibians can naturally regrow lost limbs. They contain stem cells throughout their life that can turn into…well…anything! Could

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Future Fabric

Imagine buying dinner with a wave of your arm! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You tap your credit card at Chipotle, and BEEP! Burrito time! You just used near-field communication, or NFC. But this technology only works close up and relies on battery power.

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Talking Hands

A female with her hand outstretched towards the camera.

Talk to the hand… nooo really, talk to the hand. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Learning a new language is HARD! Thankfully, new apps can translate words in real time. But what about American Sign Language? Enter Jun Chen and colleagues from the University

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The One Ring

You too can be LORD of the RINGS! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. This spring’s fashion statement? Wearable tech! Smart watches, clothing, earbuds… now smart RINGS?! Shwetak Patel’s team at University of Washington developed new technology that would thrill even Gollum! Inspired by smart

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Stopwatch or Tattoo

Tick-tock – TIME to get a tattoo? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Out for a run? You need a good stopwatch! But ouch…that chafing wristband! What about a glowing stopwatch display, right on your hand? Scientists have already developed these, but they need a

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Heart on My Sleeve

Talk about ham radio! Literally ham. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Medical devices like pacemakers give doctors vital information about our health! Unfortunately, most pacemakers only last around five years. How can medical devices last longer? John Ho at the National University of Singapore

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Ink of My Heart

What if a tattoo could save your life? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Heart disease patients need continuous heart monitoring for optimum treatment. But traditional monitors are bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Electronic, or E-tattoos, are a comfortable, wearable alternative. These thin devices are

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Body Mod

Smart watches are SOOOOOO 2017….! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today’s smartwatches can track everything from your heart rate to your breathing. But Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota thinks we can do better. He and his colleagues want to print electronics directly

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