Survival of the Loudest

Who’s tough enough to survive on ….The Voice?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Animals must compete for food, mates, and other resources to win the survival race. The successful ones tend to be larger or more physically formidable than their opponents. But size can

“Explained by Nerds”

What exactly is slime? Is activated charcoal the solution to all your health problems? Check out the answers on the YouTube channel, Explained by Nerds! This short video series is produced by one of our hivers, Krista Fruehauf, and award-winning science communicator Megan Newcomb. Their goal is to explain the

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Spiders

The itsy-bitsy spider… grew bigger in its cozy nest! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dogs, cows and humans all nurse their young. But ever wonder how SPIDERS nourish their babies? YIKES! Zhanqi Chen from the Chinese Academy of Sciences investigated a species of jumping

Hivers slam dunk at Grad Slam

Four of our very own ascend the ranks at UC Irvine Grad Slam! Contestants are challenged to explain the blood, sweat, and tears of their graduate research in just THREE minutes. The winner goes on to compete in the system-wide competition among all the Universities of California. This year, Karen

Mind Over Molecules

Which is more powerful? Nature or nurture? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – what about “mind control?” Some aspects of our physiology and personality are encoded by our genes. And we know that environmental factors are also important. Bradley Turnwald and colleagues at

Guilty Pleasures

Hark! Is that the ice cream truck I hear? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Trips are fun — but guilt trips are not! Guilt shapes much of our actions, for better or worse. But can we control those guilty feelings? Kristen Duke and On

Revenge on the Brain

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.  Can science help? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your brain has specialized regions to handle various tasks. For example, your hippocampus is involved in memory processing.  But how does the brain handle situations of

Telephone Champs

Who’s better at playing telephone – Schroeder or Charlie Brown? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Playing telephone – it’s tricky! You swear you heard that you won a new Toyota. Sorry – that’s a new toy YODA! Yun Nan from Beijing Normal University tested

Wired Walls

Smart phones, smart speakers, smart watches! What’s next? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying….smart WALLS? Walls are the canvases of a room, showcasing beautiful paintings and crayon drawings. With some new technology, you could digitally interact with your walls! The creative minds at Carnegie

Little Champs

How do kids have so much BLEEPING energy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Young children can scream and run around all day. It’s like they have enough energy to be Olympic athletes… But could they really? Anthony Birat and colleagues at Clermont-Auvergne University decided