Croc Meets Bach

Photo of a crocodile laying in wet sand

Do crocodiles like the Crocodile Rock …or do they prefer classical? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  When you get a concussion, doctors use an MRI to take pictures of your brain. Remember that big hollow tube that patients lie down inside of on Grey’s

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Afternoon Guru

A man sitting at the top of a mountain looking at beautiful cloudy sky.

Twenty minutes to Nirvana! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Namaste! Mindfulness meditation is about training your mind to accept your feelings without judging or changing them. And like good gym habits, the perks of meditation grow with time. So, do only superstar monks benefit from

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Excrete Concrete

What builds the best house on the MOON? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying — concrete! Concrete is just rock and cement, and on the moon, there’s plenty of rock! But… cement needs water. Plasticizer can cut down on water. Then again, one pound of

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Color by Ear

Seeing is believing, or wait, maybe hearing is! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Turquoise or aqua? Lavender or lilac? If someone tells you the NAME of a color, does that affect how you see it? Lewis Forder and Gary Lupyan of University of Wisconsin Madison wanted

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Sipping Seawater

How about a refreshing glass of… seawater? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. What water shortage? Earth is covered in water! But only one percent is drinkable – the rest is salty seawater! And desalinating it takes LOTS of energy! Zhenyuan Xu and scientists at Shanghai

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Relephant Factors

Two elephants at sunset

What makes an elephant pack its trunk. . . and leave? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Elephant societies are matriarchal.  Mothers and grandmothers lead the way.  Sadly, older females are often targeted for their tusks. This leaves their family orphaned!  So what happens when poaching removes

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Memory Work Out

Smiling woman walking on a treadmill

Remember high school graduation? Me neither! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For most of us, it’s probably just a blur of proud family, music, and speeches! Time has slowly whittled away at our precious mental snapshots. How can we recall our special moments longer? Enter Paul

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Dairy Farm

Do you want CHEESE on those chili fries? Sounds tempting, but argh, the lactose. . . This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cheese, ice cream, whipped cream! SO delicious – but not everyone can digest dairy products. Northern Europeans, however, don’t seem to have a

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Smart Toilet

Why flush valuable healthcare data down the drain? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Morning! You go to the bathroom and EEESH! Something doesn’t look right. Spend an hour on WebMD…or…ask a REAL expert? Enter Seung-min Park and his Stanford University team. They’ve designed technology

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Maureen Wins Fellowship

The Loh Down on Science is proud to announce that writer and Managing Editor, Maureen Purcell, has been awarded a fellowship! As a Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) Fellow, Maureen will receive training in evidence-based teaching strategies and the unique tools and techniques for making high quality remote

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