Face Value

Do we take scientists at face value? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For better or worse, first impressions are everything. Studies show that people make snap judgments about personality and competence based on looks. Could scientists face the same bias from the public? Does

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Early Education

Talk about a Head Start program! Can eggs learn BEFORE they hatch? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. American bullfrogs are like a virus. They can quickly spread and destroy a balanced ecosystem with their insatiable appetite. So why is it so hard to stop

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Flee Bird

Busy airports… are for the birds! Unfortunately. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Birds can really be a nuisance. Especially around airports. These unwanted aviators cost domestic airlines billions of dollars in damages and delays. They’ve tried blasting recordings of hawks. They’ve tried air cannons.

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Modern Family

Not one, not two, but a hundred-and-one dalmatians! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s hard to spot one cute black-and-white puppy without picturing the other ninety-eight. But what if proud doggy parents Pongo and Perdita couldn’t have babies? Sadly, infertility is a struggle for

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Think YOU’VE got a helpful neighbor? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Good neighbors reach out in times of need. But can plants do the same? Meet Martin Bader and Sebastian Leuzinger from Auckland University of Technology. They were hiking in New Zealand when they

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Let It Snow

Why bring coals to Newcastle…or snow to Antarctica? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. As the earth warms due to climate change, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting into the ocean. This rise in global sea level poses catastrophic threats to coastal cities world-wide.

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Space Cans

Can you build a spaceship out of a soda can? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Space is a tough place to be. Flying debris, intense radiation, and alien blasters will tear you apart! So, spaceships gotta be tougher. That usually means building materials that

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The Spy Who Cured Me

Newest weapon in the war on cancer? A Trojan horse! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Cancer thrives and spreads throughout the body by disguising itself as healthy tissue. It sends a “do not eat me” signal to trick our body’s immune cells. Can we

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Stormy Stripes

Five hundred leagues under the WIND? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Jupiter – it’s one stylish planet! Its red, gold, and orange stripes – formed by violent winds and weather – give it an unmistakable look. For years, scientists have wondered how deep the

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Always Sunny in California

It’s always sunny in Southern California! But is it too good to be BLUE? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do CLEAR skies have a CLEAR connection to California’s intensifying wildfire seasons? Columbia University’s Park Williams tried to solve this MIST-ery. Williams analyzed cloud height

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