Quantum Boba

Is the cure for cancer . . . quantum boba? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, hopping on the yummy Boba craze! Quantum dots lack the starchy goodness of tapioca pearls, but still pack a cancer-fighting punch. They are crystals five thousand times SMALLER than

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Body Mod

Smart watches are SOOOOOO 2017….! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Today’s smartwatches can track everything from your heart rate to your breathing. But Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota thinks we can do better. He and his colleagues want to print electronics directly

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Stressy Study

Are you STRESSING OUT right now? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Life is full of stressful situations – exams! Traffic! Which remote goes with which appliance?!! And the effects of stress are usually thought to be harmful to our health. But WHY do we

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Poopopotamus

Hippo poop stinks — in more ways than one! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In Tanzania, Africa, hippos are big. And they leave a big mark. How big? These large mammals generate over fifty-two-thousand metric tons of dung each year! People originally thought that

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Smartphone Psychiatry

Think you need a professional to tell if you’re depressed? Maybe your cell phone can help! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A new study shows that data from smart phones – such as minutes used and caller location – can be used to identify

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In the High Castle

WINNER WINNER… penthouse level dinner? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. From casinos to Wall Street! Every day, gamblers and investors make high-stakes decisions that can have huge consequences or payouts. But could something unexpected be driving their decision-making? Enter Sina Esteky from Miami University.

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Zoom and Enhance!

Step aside kids, who’s playing cops and robbers now? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…computers, that’s who! Artificial Intelligences aren’t just fighting for our attention with Facebook ads, now they’re battling each other! It’s Cops versus Counterfeiters. Christian Ledig and colleagues at Twitter are

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Password Protection

“Totally random!” It isn’t just Valley speak! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Still using your cat’s birthday for your bank password? Me too! But random number generators are key to protecting websites and keeping sensitive information safe. Unfortunately, computer codes that produce random numbers

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Human or Hologram?

Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi — you’re my only hope! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In Sci-fi films, communicating via 3-D holograms is all the rage. Here on earth, our two dimensional video conference calls? Not nearly as exciting. No longer, says Roel Vertegaal of

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Marijuana Mama

Mothers to be—No more T-H-C! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying: Turn on, tune in, and LEAVE THE POT OUT. Marijuana has been legalized in twenty-five states in the U-S, for medical or recreational use. Of those who smoke marijuana, 6 percent are pregnant

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