Smell Dispels

Up-close photo of broccoli.

Ah! The sweet smell of broccoli! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – NOT! Broccoli stinks! Unless you’re a MIDGE! Midges are tiny flies whose larvae survive on plants like broccoli and cauliflower. How can we keep them off our veggies?! Chase Stratton from

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Neighborly Squirrels

Photo of red squirrel in tree.

Won’t you be my neighbor… said the SQUIRREL?!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Harsh winters, hungry predators… Life is tough for red squirrels in the Yukon! They’re an extremely territorial bunch — each squirrel fends for itself and defends its turf. But could these

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Slimey Memories

Slime mold.

Is slime for brains so bad? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Organisms with brains can remember important things. Where to get food, how to build shelter, where I left my car keys . . . But what about organisms WITHOUT brains?  Enter Mirna Kramar

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Toxic Toolbox

Image of rattlesnake.

As Woody says – “There’s a snake in my boot!”  This is Sandra sing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re hiking and “sssss” – a rattlesnake! Eek! If you do get bit, the local doc MIGHT have an antidote, but will it work? Even closely-related species can

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“Likes”

Bird with its head upside.

Looking for “likes”? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I admit it, I LOVE looking at photos on Instagram. Look at this colorful seashell! This fantastical flower! But wait… Why did my GORGEOUS photo ONLY get three “likes”? You’d think the prettier the picture, the

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Back on Track

Schematic shows how stem cells can differentiate into other types of cells.

Why do kids love Play-Doh? It can’t be for the taste! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Cuz you can make it into almost ANYTHING! Similarly, stem cells can turn into any different type of cells. Scientists are using them for novel treatments of

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Fighting Fire with Fire

Photo of wildfires.

Does like cure like when it comes to… WILDFIRES?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Fire season is coming! One way to help avoid the destruction? Prescribed burns! This technique has been used to control wildfires for years. But it can cause the soil to

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Origami Spaceship

Spaceship launching into outer space.

What ancient craft is out of this world?!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh, with the Loh Down on Science. Space is COLD! About minus four hundred and fifty five degrees Fahrenheit. Brr! Such chilly temperatures can turn spaceship materials brittle. Is there a way to make them more sturdy at

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(Un)treatable Disease

Up close photo of cute cat.

It’s a medical miracle — for cats!!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We would love to have our furry friends with us forever! However, a DEMON called Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or F.I.P, may rob cats of all nine of their lives.  F.I.P is a

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