Train Brain Change

Hands touching 3D printed brain

How well do you remember? Answer’s more complex than you think. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. How might memory training affect your brain? Helene Gudi-Minderman and colleagues from the University of Hamburg wondered. They gave fifty young adults, who were either sighted or blind,

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Owl Clean

Two nine-weeks old owls in a field of grass

You scratch my back, I’ll…give you a MOUSE!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We pay a hairdresser to cut our hair, and we aren’t alone! LOTS of animals trade valuables for grooming. What about owls? Younger owls will clean their older siblings’ hard to

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Saving Our Wheaties

Dried wheat stalks against a wood background

  Oh no! Dead crops. Could it be a CEREAL killer? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Viruses often attack our crops, acting like Trojan horses. They take over the plant, killing it. To protect our wheat crops, we need to understand how these viruses

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Chuckle Tracks

A group of four friends hug and laugh on a sunny day

Which came first: the laughter or the joke? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. From Happy Days to Fresh Prince, classic sitcoms use something you might not notice. Laughter! Laugh tracks and audience reactions help highlight the funny bits. But would these shows be as

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Sweet Gut

Spoon full of sugar with extra sugar spilling over

  In your coffee — Sugar or Splenda? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our bodies CRAVE sugar for energy. Artificial sweeteners and sugar activate our sweet-sensing taste buds. But substitutes like Splenda and Sweet n’ Low don’t fully satisfy us. Why is that? Hwei-Ee

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Glow-cean

Bioluminescence in the coast

  Under the sea, Under the sea, Down where it’s….BRIGHTER take it from me? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some animals have a certain “glow”. It’s called BIOLUMINESCENCE! They use it to communicate in the ocean. But Séverine Martini and Steven Haddock from the

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Viral Music

A woman using a mask and listening music using headphones

  “Gangnam Style”, “Despacito”, “Happy”…we LOVE music that goes viral! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…but what about a VIRUS that goes MUSICAL? Quick treatment of viruses requires understanding them. But different viruses have different proteins and genetic information, which take time to decode.

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Peel Power

A pile of orange slices, lemon slices, and grapefruit slices

  Recharge your Apple phone… with an orange peel? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying Yes! It’s Apples AND oranges! Recycling batteries? Now that’s a bright idea! But the harsh acids used to recycle batteries still make nasty pollutants. These include chlorine gas and

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Dam-ming Evidence

Beaver biting a piece of wood

  Does the Arctic have a…GNAWING problem? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Shorts and sandals in the Arctic? It’s getting warm up there! And like many humans, some animals love the warmer climates. Melting ice means summer homes on the tundra! But is there

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Sparrow Sopranos

A white-throated sparrow standing in grass

  Early bird….catches the earworm?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Whether it’s tweedle-dee or chippity-chirp, birds all sing their own unique tunes. White-throated sparrows are best known for a distinct, rapid three-note finale in their musical serenade. BUT what happens when someone starts singing

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