Viral Addiction

Has addiction gone VIRAL? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Retroviruses like HIV make us sick by inserting their genes into our cells. Usually, these genes cause cells to make new copies of the retrovirus. But occasionally, the genes mutate and can’t make new viruses.

Tongue-Tied T-Rex

DINO got your tongue? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dinosaurs are making a COMEBACK… on screen that is! Movies like Jurassic Park had to IMAGINE what these fierce creatures looked like. But ever wondered if they had it WRONG? Enter an international research team

Plastic, Heal Thyself!

Family potluck, plate of fixin’s. . . Another plastic fork bites the dust! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Plastic items break every day, from phone cases to prosthetics. If only they could fix themselves! Traditional plastic is like a long chain of repeating molecular

Risky Red Tide

Could the new AA be algae-holics anonymous? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down On Science. Harmful algal blooms, or red tides, are bad news for everyone. Toxic red algae grow out of control. They poison shellfish and the people who eat them. Tiny shrimp-like creatures called copepods

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

Spoiling the Spoiler

Harry Potter fans: Spoiler alert! Snape kills Dumbledore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Feeling upset right now? You’re not alone. A spoiler is learning the end of a story before it begins. This includes who won last night’s game, or what happened to your

Trusty Wrinkles

Should I skip the wrinkle cream tonight? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying yes! We all notice the wrinkles around our eyes. But what do wrinkles reveal about us? Julio Martinez-Trujillo and his team at the University of Western Ontario study wrinkle communication. They

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

Fish Fingers

Could that fish stick solve the secret to our sense of touch? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: the answer is right at our fingertips. Meet Adam Hardy. He and colleagues from University of Chicago want to know how fingers feel. To do this

Going Gray

ANOTHER gray hair? Oh no! Break out the Lady Grecian Formula! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, on going gray! Oh, those silvery locks, at too young an age – is stress to blame? Melissa Harris from the University of Alabama, Birmingham studied how stress