Brain Unplugged

Schematic shows a man with the wireless recharging battery implanted in head

Is your brain’s battery wearing down? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some folks with Parkinson’s disease get treatment by ZAPPING THEIR BRAINS! Seriously — a surgeon plants a battery-powered wire in their brain that continuously emits electrical pulses. Problem is, batteries wear out –

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Current Events

Coral reefs in ocean

Can corals live life in the fast lane? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Aren’t coral reefs gorgeous?! Sure! But did you know that nearly half of coral species are found deep below the sea, in cold water? Yet, with climate change come faster and

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Big Screen, Small Sight

Person using a computer screen and tablet

Sometimes seeing the big picture. . . can lead to a BIG headache! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Watching the latest X-Men movie on a huge screen? Yes, please! But stare at TVs too long and our eyes and head begin to ache. Do

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Rice the Flag

Rice field

When the flag goes up – it’s suppertime! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Flag leaves are the last leaves to appear on a rice plant – signaling that it’s ready to produce food! They also contribute around HALF the nutrients we get in rice.

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Kangaroo Talk

Brown kangaroo looking at the camera on a grass field during day time

Voyage into the wild… to chat?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are Dr. Doolittle and Disney princesses the ONLY ones who can talk with animals? Of course not! All pet owners can understand their fluffy friends – and vice versa. But what about the

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Friendly Brains

Women forming heart gestures during daytime in a grass field

Birds of a feather flock together. But how about us humans? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do you and your besties share a love of knitting? Schlocky horror movies? Barbershop quartets? Sure, but just how alike are you? Ryan Hyon from UCLA and colleagues

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Window-O-Power

A conceptual picture of a house with the windows made of the material proposed in the study.

See windows in a whole new light! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Renewable energy – it’s the wave of the future! Solar is popular, but huge rooftop panels don’t grab everything. What about the light streaming through our windows? Could we capture and harness

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Lava Music

Volcano erupting at night

Wow! I LAVA this song! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Volcanoes rumble and grumble all the time, creating extremely low-frequency sounds. But – listen! Are they actually playing the “music of the night?” Jeffrey Johnson from Boise State University and an international team explored

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