When Pigs Talk

Doctor Doolittle isn’t the only one who can speak Pig Latin! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Pigs are deeper than you think. They have complex emotions and ways of communicating. But can we humans ever TRULY understand them? Enter Elodie Briefer from the University

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Drooling for Drama

Are our kids doing a spit take? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Would you share a soda straw with a stranger? How about your sister? Family bonding sometimes means swapping a little spit! Ashley Thomas and colleagues from Harvard University wondered – can BABIES

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Plump Pandas

Ever seen a SKINNY panda? Didn’t think so! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Pandas can’t get enough bamboo! Their favorite part? The shoots, only available four months of the year. Otherwise they munch on bamboo leaves. Surprisingly pandas are CHUBBIEST when they eat the

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Fingerprint Frenzy

WHO stole the cookies from the cookie jar? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… time to dust for prints! Arches, loops, whorls — your fingerprints are just one swirly piece of the puzzle that is YOU! But what determines how your fingerprints look? Jinxi

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Modern Alchemy

What if WE have the Midas Touch? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Turning water into metal? Sounds like something from an alchemy book! PURE water is not metallic — because the molecule structure is too stable. But, with enough pressure, we could SQUEEZE water

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Brontosaurus Bronchitis

ACHOO! I’m feeling so Juras-SICK!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… What’s worse than a horse with hay fever? A dino-SAUR throat! Enter Cary Woodruff from The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and some paleo-centric colleagues. Their test subject? A one hundred and fifty MILLION

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Eye-deal Solution

You can’t hide your aging eyes…  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Is it me, or are these crossword puzzles getting SMALLER?? Age-related vision problems can be caused by a gradual loss in photoreceptors. Those are special cells inside the eye that catch light to

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Mysterious Bones

Can you even imagine a time before … horses? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the early two-thousands, archeologists in modern-day Syria found bones of a horse-like creature. The bones were over forty-five hundred years old! But horses weren’t introduced to the area for

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Pole Positioning

Help, Siri! I need directions to my house – AGAIN!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. How did we ever navigate without our GPS friends? But birds ALWAYS find their way home! What’s their secret? Enter Joe Wynn and colleagues at Oxford and University of

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Bio Friendly Bacteria

What do cheese, beer and sauerkraut have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science – saying…. FERMENTATION – a process that uses bacteria to make a picnic! But what ELSE can it do? From nail salons to ball pits, acetone and isopropanol are all

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