Just Add Mushrooms

Look out! Pothole! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Potholes and cracks. Every commuter’s nightmare. If only the problem could fix itself! Enter Congrui Jin and her team at Binghamton and Rutgers universities. They filled in the cracks by hiring some self-motivated construction workers. Who?

Sweet Solution

A spoonful of sugar… makes your car lighter? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Carbon-fiber. It’s a defining feature of elite planes, racing cars and even sports equipment. This ultra-light material means cars need less fuel and you can swing that racket faster. But carbon-fiber’s

Let Them Eat Air

Can we make food out of thin air? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Soil is full of microbes. These tiny organisms eat and break down other organisms. They also recycle nutrients. But in desolate places on earth, or even in space, what is there

How Do You Spell Zika?

One, two, three! It’s easy as… A, G, C? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Who doesn’t love a spelling bee? Cute middle-schoolers lisping out words like Xanthosis and Logorrhea! But spelling is vital inside living organisms too! Why? See, cells need proteins to work

Leaky Carbon Faucet

Better call that plumber, we’ve got some leaky carbon over here! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Carbon dioxide, or C-O-2, is rising in the atmosphere. And we rely on large, dense forests called carbon sinks to suck it up. But exactly how much C-O-2

Sixty-Second Workout

Keep on running! One more minute! PHEW! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Being healthy can mean a lot of things. Kale juice, spin class, weightlifting! We know how to stay lean and build muscle. But what about bones? Bone weakens as we age, especially

Picturebook Overload

; Credit: Ariel Skelley/Getty Images The Loh Down On Science One pic, two pics, three pics, four. I don’t want to learn anymore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Big letters, bright pictures, and lots of sparkles! What better way to get a toddler hyped