Break Job

Hey, is there something wrong with your breaks? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, with the latest on how to maximize your downtime! During the workday, we all need breaks – snack breaks, lunch breaks, second lunch breaks. But researchers from Baylor University’s business school

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Rethinking Bird Brains

Can you think faster than a pigeon? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most of us claim to be amazing multi-taskers. But what about birds? Researchers from Ruhr [ROOR] University Bochum [BOH-kum] in Germany decided to put this challenge to the test. They had about

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Prehistoric Virus

Scientists are bringing back a 30,000-year-old virus. What could possibly go wrong? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Sure, call it a comeback! French researchers call it Mollivirus sibericum, and it’s long been frozen in Siberian soil. Thanks to climate change, that once chilly

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Synch Into Sleep

Is lack of sleep throwing your body off beat? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Think of your body as an orchestra. The maestro is a master clock that lives in your brain. It keeps time by syncing with light and dark. The instruments are

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How Do You Goo?

Want a glue that sticks? Just scare a slug! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you cut your skin open, stitches and staples have you covered. But what keeps you together when the incision is INSIDE your body? Jianyu Li [JEEAHN-you LEE] and colleagues

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Grunt, Set, Match

Listen! Can you hear the next Wimbledon champion? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Watching tennis is fun! Powerful strokes, fancy footwork, stylish outfits! But can we predict the winners just by LISTENING to them play? Psychologists from the University of Sussex believe so. The

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Scents and Sensibility

Ew—this milk smells bad. What do you think? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You and I are different. We have unique fingerprints, retinal prints, and—surprise—olfactory prints. We just don’t smell things the same way. There are roughly four-hundred different smell receptors, but we don’t

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Picture This

Does Mona Lisa’s smile jog your memory? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Snapchat! Instagram! Good ol’ Kodachrome! We count on them to help us relive the good times. But could just the ACT of taking a photo help us remember the moment? Alixandra Barasch

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Drilling for Cancer

We’re taking aim at cancer – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cancer may be hard to defeat, but it’s not invincible. Most cancer fighting drugs can kill cancer, but healthy cells often become collateral damage. Could there be a solution with more precise

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Smokes on the Water

Newsflash: Butts are hurting marine life! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying no, we don’t mean too-small G-strings at the beach. Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter on beaches. Volunteers cleaned up more than 2 million of them from the world’s

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