Singing Mouseketeers

Mousey in conversations? You’re not alone! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some conversations just flow naturally. Others…not so much! Imagine small talk with the in-laws! Ugh! You have to tiptoe around sensitive topics, AND coordinate a hundred different mouth muscles! How does your brain

Animal Eavesdroppings

Are forest animals the next Bandcamp stars? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Humans have been working hard to preserve the world’s oceans, deserts and forests. But how is that working out? You COULD use satellites to track forest growth. But satellites can’t see the

Genome Clutter

Gaaah – this place is so cluttered! Do I NEED all this stuff? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…maybe! Just like that overstuffed closet, your body is crammed with different proteins. Your genes contain blueprints for all of them. But some proteins have multiple,

Asleep or Awake?

Somebody pinch me! Am I REALLY awake? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brain injury can make it difficult to tell if someone’s conscious or not! Patients in a coma may respond to things, but only as a reflex. How can doctors tell the difference?

Pick Your Battles

Democracy is all about civility… right? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Conflict happens. Kids pull hair, spouses fight, politicians declare war. But democracies have voting power! Does that make us nicer than dictatorships? Meet political scientists Michael Gilbilisco, from Caltech, and Casey Crisman-Cox from

Ancient Inkers

Hey kids – tattoos have ALWAYS been cool – even before you were born! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ancient humans tattooed themselves both as a means of self expression, and to fit in with the gang. It was a permanent way of demonstrating

Better Baby Babble

Is your babbling baby the next Shakespeare? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Baby babble… it’s sooooo cute! But it’s also an important part of brain development. Infancy is when babies hear and try to mimic the sounds around them. This exercise lays down the

Quantum Buzz

Hate crowds? Need your “personal space?” Negatively charged electrons do too! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. To understand electrons, scientists have developed a special technique called density functional theory – D-F-T for short. D-F-T is used to predict how electron crowds move in an

Looking for Trouble

Problems — do we get what we look for? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Maybe you’ve heard THIS story: a neighborhood watch lowers crime in an area. But once the burglaries stop, the watch doesn’t relax. Instead, people start calling in jaywalkers! It’s called

Windy Warming

Windmills taking the wind out of your sails? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. More and more cities around the world are committing to renewable energy. Coal plants produce carbon dioxide which can lead to global warming. But other options aren’t perfect either! Meet Lee