Tree Lickers

A koala bear sitting in a tree grabbing a branch

THIRSTY…but stuck in a tree?!   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Sleeping for twenty hours, snacking for the other four? No, it’s not my COVID-nineteen work schedule – it’s a typical koala bear day! But HOW do koalas stay hydrated with such a “BUSY” routine?

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Little Champs

How do kids have so much BLEEPING energy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Young children can scream and run around all day. It’s like they have enough energy to be Olympic athletes… But could they really? Anthony Birat and colleagues at Clermont-Auvergne University decided

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Vanishing Planets

Who can solve the Case of the Vanishing Planet…?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science… and a cold case from outer space. In two thousand four, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped a photo of the planet Fomalhaut-b.  Astronomers noticed something odd about Foh-b. It wasn’t

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Flying Fish Eggs

Birds eat fish out of ponds, they don’t replenish fish. Or do they? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. How do empty lakes end up full of fish? One theory thinks our feathered friends are key. Which ones? Ducks! But HOW do they help fish

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Rice Cooker

Rice is delicious! But no longer nutritious? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Climate change can really bring the heat! But, ocean levels aren’t the only thing on the rise. Carbon dioxide levels are also increasing. How does this change in the atmosphere affect our

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Pay Attention

Green tree under blue sky

What do you get when you cross a Chinese father and a German mother? Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science… and a curious study where East meets West.  Tarek Amer at the University of Toronto explored the different ways we gaze. Sixty West European and East Asian

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Hit Parade

Birdsongs are SO mainstream! This is Sandra Tsing Loh, with the Loh Down on Science. Songbirds pass down tunes that can long outlast any one bird’s lifetime. In fact, people have recorded melodies that are exactly the same, but tweeted decades apart! But how do bird TWEETS go VIRAL? Stephen

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Squeaky Gains

Big mouse chewing on something.

Trying to get healthy? So are mice! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Turns out, our furry friends share our aging woes of round bellies and weak muscles. What if we could lose flab and get strong in one stroke? Alexander Pfeifer and colleagues from

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Sweet Sleep

Man and women sleeping next to each other on grass.

Before you kill your quarantine partner, listen up! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Laughter, cuddles, and emotional support AREN’T ALL your partner can give you. Ever wonder WHY you sleep better when you’re sleeping together? Henning Drews and his colleagues from the University of

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Mushroom Counterfeiters

Counterfeit mushrooms? That’s nothing to sniff at. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Italian alba white truffles are a fungal delicacy. Connoisseurs love their distinct aroma and taste. So much so, that their going rate is about three thousand dollars per pound! Unfortunately, the aroma

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