Very Hungry Caterpillars

Munch munch munch… Someday I will be a beautiful butterfly! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Caterpillars spend their days busily feasting, turning carbon-rich leaves into nitrogen-rich poo. This means less falling leaves and more caterpillar poop washing into nearby lakes. This can change the

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A Tale of Two…TAILS?

Regeneration – it’s a TAIL as old as time!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science  Lucky lizards! If they lose a tail, they just grow another one! But these replacement tails aren’t as good as new — they’re actually SPINELESS! Could we help lizards regrow

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Communication Breakdown

Is fat LITERAL food for thought? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our brain is filled with billions of neurons that are constantly talking to each other. What helps speed up these conversations? Fatty layers of cholesterol called myelin.  But diseases like Multiple Sclerosis cause

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Rainbows and Unicorns

Is it a horse … or a fashion statement??    This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science.   Black, white, brown or pinto…our noble steeds proudly sport many different colors. But, their wild ancestors all tended to be some shade of brown! How did the color explosion come

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Alphabet Soup-er

Learning your A-B-Cs? Piece of cake!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying — You just have to remember the song! But what if the language you’re learning doesn’t have A-B-Cs? What’s the best way to learn a foreign alphabet – reading, typing or writing?

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Rockin’ Rockfish

Life will be AWESOME in – oh, two hundred years…?!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Flying cars, teleportation machines, negative-calorie desserts … too bad I won’t be around to see it! But if I were a rockfish? No problem! Some live for twenty

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For Your Eyes Only

Whispers, intrigue, secret love letters – oh my!   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  I’m not describing the latest period rom-com! I’m talking HISTORY, and the famed queen of France, Marie Antoinette. She wrote letters to a rumored lover during the French revolution. But the

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Squirrel Tricks

Remember Rocky J. Squirrel? His parkour skills were NUTS!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Running, climbing, swinging, vaulting – parkour athletes trick through challenging courses as quickly as possible. This skillset takes hundreds of hours of practice. But squirrels? They do these stunts instinctively!

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Netflix and Chat

Why is Cookie Monster blue? Discuss! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Does your kid watch too much TV? Researchers believe that excessive screen time can negatively impact a child’s development. But can we reduce its harmful effects? Enter Prachi Shah at University of Michigan

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Vocabulary Exercise

Could joining the swim team turn your kid into a spelling champ?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Jumping jacks and burpees can help us lose holiday pounds… AND master that Sunday crossword! That’s right! Studies show exercise helps improve brain activity. But what’s the

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