Foreign Imports

Do you have imported genes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, talking about DNA, not denim. Researchers from the University of Cambridge say humans certainly have genetic imports. The reason? “Horizontal gene transfer.” That’s when genes jump from one species to another. Like from viruses

Four-Letter Words

How many four-letter words do you know? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Let’s take “drat.” Rearrange the letters, and you can also make dart, and that’s about it. My point? There’s a limit to how many words you can make with those four letters.

Head Shake

And now, some mind-blowing news about . . . concussions? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Concussions happen when someone’s brain literally gets shaken inside their skull. Ow! When athletes get knocked on the noggin, coaches may check for concussion on the sidelines. How? By

Global Language

The Loh Down On Science Hey English speakers, want to learn a second language? Maybe not Chinese. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet bilingual Hebrew-English speaker Shahar Ronen. When he was a graduate student at MIT, he got curious about how well different modern languages

Druggie Dinos

; Credit: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST The Loh Down On Science Did hippie dinosaurs get high on fungus?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. If you ever see grain or grass with black nibs, be cautious!  That could be ergot: a toxic,

Energy Blast

The Loh Down On Science Did asteroid collisions jumpstart life on Earth? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying:  Maybe! Our planet was a rough place before life emerged billions of years ago.  Volcanic eruptions, noxious chemicals in the air …  Oh yeah – and

Sewer Science

Toxic water running from a sewer to the river; Credit: Wavetop/Getty Images/iStockphoto The Loh Down On Science What does a city’s sewage reveal?  You’ll be surprised! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and the poop on municipal waste. More and more, science is finding connections

Brain Games

The Loh Down On Science Your braiiiins!  That’s what cognitive scientists want—your braiiins! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying:  Don’t be scared. This is not some real-life version of The Walking Dead.  We’re talking about the website testmybrain.org has online puzzles and activities for

Dating Tips

Can science get you a date? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet Khalid Khan of the London School of Medicine. He was curious about studies on courtship. Seems we’re healthier when we’re in love! Khan wondered: Then wouldn’t it make sense, medically, to help