Hungry Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds: Cute little nectar sippers, or battle-hardened killers? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hummingbirds are darling! But it’s a bird-eat-bird world –sometimes they have to fight to survive! At University of California, Berkeley, Alejandro Rico-Guevara studies the evolution of hummingbirds. He wondered: What can

Open Wide!

Behold – the Dagwood sandwich! Thirty layers of perfectly crafted deliciousness! Open wide! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying wouldn’t it be nice to bite into a Dagwood sandwich and nab every single one of those ingredients? Unfortunately most of us don’t have mouths

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, a tale as OLD as time was created. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, with a story about stories. What is the origin of our beloved fantastical folk tales? The nineteenth century Brothers Grimm got most of the credit and lived

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

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

A Moth’s Tale

Na na na na na na na na… Mothman? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Evolution is a war. An arms race that’s lasted millions of years. Like the war between moths…and BATS! Bats use echolocation — high-pitched sounds — to see and hunt, like

Gorilla Gourmet

Digestive health for me and you. Is the answer: gorilla POO? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science on why waste-matter…matters! For centuries, scientists have looked for answers on the evolution of human gut health. Specifically, our microbiomes – all the bacteria that make up our

Hey Goat Buddy!

Man’s new best friend. . . the humble goat? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Humans and animals have a long history together. Goats, horses and other domesticated animals have helped develop society. Dogs have become our best friends! But do any of them think

Very Special Specialists

You are special – yes you are! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Animals evolved to specialize for life in their environment. For example, polar bear fur is designed for life in the Arctic. Those warm coats would be sweltering in the desert! But we

Handy Human Hands

Let’s give evolution a high five! Literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Primates are our closest relative. But our hands evolved very differently. They don’t have nearly the dexterity we do. How did we humans get to be so…handy? Many anthropologists think it’s because