Silky Secrets

My spidey senses are… silky? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. By weight, spider silk is stronger than steel! However, perfectly reproducing this versatile material has proven difficult. How do spiders successfully spin silk? Lucas Parent at Northwestern University and David Onofrei at San Diego

Quiet Creativity

Does your inner Van Gogh need a special jam? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Music, food for the ears and the soul! Many claim that listening to music gets their creative juices flowing. But what if background music actually STUNTS the creative process? Meet

The Tooth is Out There

Hey…do I have something in my teeth? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dental records are often used for identification. What other tales can our teeth tell about us?? Christina Warinner at the Max Planck Institute and fellow researchers picked through some plaque history. While

Water Wonder

Water treatment that’s effective…and CUTE! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most treatment facilities purify water by using chemicals that glob onto bad stuff. But this process isn’t perfect… if only someone could lend a hand… or a tentacle?! Introducing the sea anemone Actinia! It

Mighty Methane Munchers

It’s jolly! Its green! But its …not a giant? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The ocean is teeming with diverse life, especially at hot vents on the ocean floor! For example, Archaea — single celled organisms, not to be confused with bacteria. Tiny, one-celled

Vision Quest

So many kids today are nearsighted. Is the villain… Candy Crush? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Facebook, Youtube, Fruit Ninja – everyone seems to be glued to their screens these days, especially the kids! Is all this screen time hurting children’s eyesight? Po-Wen Ku

Photo Finish

Picture the past… If you can! But can you? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The first photographs were daguerreotypes. They were developed using mercury and gold instead of silver, which came later. These pieces of history are tarnished and may be lost forever! Or…

Tangled Tongues

Polyglot your tongue? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many people think they are too old to learn a new language. Supposedly, young kids pick up languages faster because their brains are still developing. But is any of that really true? Joshua Hartshorne, Joshua Tenenbaum

Toxic Baby Food

Ughhh, what did I eat?. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Caterpillars are cute, but not when they damage crops. Plants defend themselves by producing chemicals that attract wasps, a natural pest control. Wasps lay eggs in caterpillars, and hatchlings slowly eat the caterpillars from

Rice Cooker

Rice is delicious! But no longer nutritious? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Climate change can really bring the heat! But, ocean levels aren’t the only thing on the rise. Carbon dioxide levels are also increasing. How does this change in the atmosphere affect our