Molar Bears

Image of black bear (Ursus thibetanus)

Mama bears know: raising kids is like pulling teeth!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. So, what really stands between a bear and your picnic basket?  Wildlife management! Japanese ecologists need to manage Asian black bears, and that involves tallying up newborn cubs. How does

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Virtual Recovery

Man with virtual reality headset.

Recovery’s about to get REAL — virtually! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…. Fire up the video games – and let the healing begin! Ruei-Ching Lin at Tri‐Service General Hospital in Taiwan and her team had an idea! Could virtual reality, or V-R, help

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Venom Cure

Korean yellow-jacket wasp.

Penicillin? I hardly know ‘im!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger! But the same is true for drug-resistant bacteria, like those that cause pneumonia! How will we defend ourselves? Enter the Korean yellow-jacket wasp. It carries a potent

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Cheese Community

Image of cheese.

It’s more than a cheese platter – it’s a COMMUNITY!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever step into a fancy cheese shop? The smells, the flavors – and for some of us, the funkier, the better!! But, leave the brie out too long and

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Future Thinking

Image of kid doing the dishes.

Kids, remember to pick up your toys! No, ALL the toys! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do your homework! Take out the trash! Rinse off those dishes! Chores often slip our kids’ minds. Why? Because their ability to remember previously planned actions — prospective

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The Hair Necessities

Female with gorgeous hair and flowers in her hair.

Look for the bare necessities! Or maybe… HAIR necessities! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hair follicle stem cells located in our scalps keep our locks luscious. Scientists can grow these hair-makers from OTHER types of stem cells. However, the lab-grown variety doesn’t always work

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Rebuilding Plastic

Large pile of Legos

Is chemistry, ooh. . . as easy as playing with Legos?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Plastic bags, soda bottles, candy wrappers … Polyethylene (PE) is EVERYWHERE! It’s made from petrochemicals and recycling it usually requires high temperatures — which gobble up energy! Is

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Deep Eels

Swarm of eels found in the abyssal deep sea.

Voyage to the bottom of the sea….literally!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The deep ocean is cold, dark — and the least explored place on Earth. Scientists have had a hard time figuring out what lives down there!  So Astrid Leitner from the University

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Ancient Omelets

Diorama of Neanderthals family.

Remember the Stone Age?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…of course you don’t!  If you did, you might picture Neanderthals in caves. But did you know that Stone Age people also lived on beaches? Ruins of ancient coastal towns are all over Africa. Exactly

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