Smarter Taller Kids

Hey older mom, feeling a bit guilty about being an older mom? Not so fast! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There are well-known health risks for babies associated with being born to a mother who is older. Particularly when she’s over the magic age

Fabric Man

You’ve heard of Ironman, but what about Fabric Man?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. People can wear robotic devices known as exosuits to assist with everyday movements. For example, soldiers can wear them to carry heavy loads. People with spinal cord injuries can even

Life in Space

Men are from Mars. Women, from Venus. Really? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying not exactly. But check out this intriguing new cosmic discovery from the University of Nice. Researchers there were simulating conditions commonly found in comets. Why? To see if life might

Hobbit Miss-tery

News flash! Hobbits are real! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, taking you to Indonesia’s Flores Island. In 2003, archeologists unearthed a fossilized female skeleton there. The ancient human was only three feet tall. But she was an adult, so the scientists dubbed her “the

50 Shades of Blue

Wearing one red sock and one blue sock today? That’s what you get for dressing in the dark! Sort of. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Think of vision as a series of brain cells turning each other on. Not so much romantically, as literally.

Bug Bait

When this couple wondered how to fend off bugs, a light bulb went on. Literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet husband-and-wife ecologists Michael and Teresa Justice. They made their home ground zero for an experiment on attracting insects. Every night they used a

Left Field

Does anxiety send you into left field? Literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on emotional orientation! Psychologists in the UK report that a person’s emotions can steer where they walk. They say anxiety or inhibition can lead people leftwards. But overall positive vibes

Big Hoax

How many people does it take to fake a moon landing? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: One to take a giant leap for mankind, and 399,000 to hold the fake scenery! It’s not a very good joke. But that number, 400,000, is totally

Voles That Console

Feeling stressed? Hug a prairie vole! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you’re upset, friends come to comfort you. Why? Because of oxytocin, a.k.a. the love hormone. It’s linked to the warm fuzzy feelings you get from a hug. But studying oxytocin and fuzzy

Chinny-chin-chin

What do Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Jay Leno have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: They’re all twins! Just kidding. They all have prominent chins, of course. But even they can’t tell you why. The chin’s true function remains a mystery,