Heidi wins the GOLD Fellowship

Hive writer Heidi Waite has recently awarded a Presidential Graduate Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Fellowship for the upcoming summer! This fellowship offers doctoral-level graduate students an opportunity to spend a quarter, semester, or summer term in residence or virtually in Sacramento for the purpose of conducting public policy research on issues germane

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Down to Earth

Plants growing in SMAG soil

Water woes? Time to get down to earth! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wide open sunlit lands, as far as the eye can see. Should be a great place to grow crops! Problem? the earth is dry and sandy in almost HALF of global

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Smart Cough

Hand holding an smartphone

Ring ring! It’s your health care calling! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Thanks to telehealth, you can now get a diagnosis in your PJs — IF your phone is nearby! But what about a COVID test? Could you screen for infections from the comfort

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Gator Re-TAIL!

Two alligators: left side alligator showing its tail and right side alligator showing its head

Do alligators need re-tail therapy too? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Alligators are nature’s prehistoric rough housers. It’s all fun games til someone loses a tail!   Gucci might make CROCODILE shoes, but they don’t sell ‘gator tails. How do young alligators design their

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Sweaty Fingers

Fingerprint in a glass

Dropped your phone again? Don’t sweat it! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our fingerprints help us grip slippery smooth surfaces like phones or drinking glasses! But how? Seoung-Mo Yum at Seoul National University and colleagues started scanning fingerprints. Four participants pressed their finger pads

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Know by Heart

Woman looking at other woman with wondering face

Do I know you? My heart says yes! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Memories…light the corners of our minds! But what about our hearts? Enter Katia Mattarozzi and colleagues from University of Bologna in Italy. They wondered – is there a connection between heart

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A Snooze Boost

Person sleeping

Exams…ugh! I’m drinking Red Bull and pulling all-nighters but I can’t remember ANYTHING! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. After a good night’s sleep, our memory is tip-top compared to when we’re more bleary-eyed. But how does a snooze help us remember? Jing Zhang and

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Suction Saves the Day

Suction tool taking a tissue sheet and placing it on a hand

Got a delicate job to do? Call an octopus! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You wouldn’t use barbecue tongs to pick up your contact lenses! Now think of surgeons. In performing transplants, they have to transport delicate skin tissue. Sensitive, accurate tools are needed

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