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

The Perfect Wave

; Credit: Julie Macey The Loh Down On Science Surf’s up dude! Grab your. . . calculator? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Surfers travel all over the world in search of the perfect wave. But even if you’re not riding monster waves in Hawaii,

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

Toxic Nests

; Credit: Ignorance is Bliss The Loh Down On Science Paper, plastic, and… cigarette butts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Urban birds scrounge up people’s trash to build their nests. No butts about it! Just like cigarettes aren’t good for you or me, they

Probiotic Pollution Solution

; Credit: Michael Blaylock/Edenspace Systems Corporation The Loh Down On Science Probiotics… it’s not just for breakfast anymore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There’s no easy way to clean up the pollutant trichloroethylene, or T-C-E. This common industrial solvent leaches into soils from improper

Yummy Water

; Credit: Oka Laboratory/Caltech The Loh Down On Science Does water have a flavor?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Our tongue has taste buds to detect if something is sweet, sour, bitter, or salty. But how do we taste water? A team from Caltech

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,

Mind-Body Balance

The Loh Down On Science Ommmmm….can mindfulness help us live longer? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Yoga, meditation and Tai-Chi are proven ways to relieve anxiety and stress. But could these activities also help prevent disease? Ivana Buric at Coventry University studied how our