That’s So RETRO-grade!

Unsure of when Mercury’s in retrograde? Blame Einstein! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Forwards, backwards – understanding Mercury’s kooky orbit has never been easy! Scientists were unable to do it for years. Then along came Einstein with his theory of relativity. In brief, the

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Seeing is…Feeling?

Can you trust your …eyes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A lot of our feelings come from what we see. Imagine how you feel looking at a colorful sunset, or a deep car scrape. But could our FEELINGS change how we SEE things? Erika

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Fantasy Islands

What do island paradises and diapers have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, with the poop on coral-reef islands! These islands build up from sediment deposited over time. But where does that sediment come from? Sometimes, from parrotfish! To be specific, parrotfish poop!

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Nano Bandaid

Cut yourself shaving? Forget the wad of toilet paper—apply Frankenstein solution! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: It’s actually called hemostat solution, initially developed by a team of scientists at MIT. It works by bathing injured tissue in a blend of peptides, small fragments

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Dr. Dementia

Can eating improve …memory? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Every day, you use your memory without even realizing it. You wake up, check your phone. But wait, where is it? People with dementia experience symptoms like this daily. Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease affect

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Garbage Gobblers

What do cockroaches and plastics have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…they both can last for THOUSANDS of years! Its estimated that there are more than five TRILLION plastic bits floating in our oceans. That’s more than the number of stars found

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Methane Roundup

Scientists are fighting climate change, one burp at a time! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The target? Methane. This gas is much more effective than others at trapping heat in the atmosphere. One source of methane is cows. Cow’s stomachs contain microorganisms that ferment

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Fresh Eyes

New hope for the Three Blind Mice? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The Farmer’s Wife may yet be foiled thanks to researchers from Fudan University. For sighted people, light gets picked up by cells in our eyes. These cells have sheets of pigment that

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Pre-K Gossip Girls

Psssst! Have you heard the latest gossip on…gossip? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When was the last time you “heard it through the grapevine”? The latest Kardashian drama, whispers about your frenemy’s plastic surgery gone wrong… We all have our guilty gossiping pleasures. Don’t

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Team Caffeine

Guzzle that morning latte, in the name of … teamwork? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know the coffee maker is the new watering hole. A lot of business gets done over a cup of joe. But does coffee actually help us work

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