Alone Again, Naturally

Is your best friend…a volleyball named Wilson? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Existential isolation is the feeling that there’s an uncomfortable gap between you and other people. Turns out, men experience existential isolation more than women. But why? Alyssa Croft at the University of

Sweets and Sweeties

Could the key to a happy marriage be more sugar? Literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet Brad Bushman from Ohio State University. He evaluated the relationships of a hundred married couples. Then he gave each husband and each wife their own, bizarre take-home

Climate of Conquest

Were Genghis Khan’s conquests a product of . . . nice weather? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The Mongols were bad dudes, but they kind of came out of nowhere. One day they were a bunch of warring tribes, the next they conquered Korea,

In the High Castle

WINNER WINNER… penthouse level dinner? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. From casinos to Wall Street! Every day, gamblers and investors make high-stakes decisions that can have huge consequences or payouts. But could something unexpected be driving their decision-making? Enter Sina Esteky from Miami University.

Let It Go

HULK ANGRY! HULK… does yoga? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The superheroes in the Avengers don’t always get along. When they’re not fighting villains, they tend to bicker with each other. But it’s not just superheroes! Mere mortals often experience rude interactions at work,

Mapping Baby Names

What are Italian scientists interested in? Would you believe American baby names? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Ciao, bella. It’s true! Meet researchers from Sapienza University in Rome. They used our Social Security archives to analyze American baby names from 1910 to 2012.

Seeing is…Feeling?

Can you trust your …eyes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A lot of our feelings come from what we see. Imagine how you feel looking at a colorful sunset, or a deep car scrape. But could our FEELINGS change how we SEE things? Erika

Pre-K Gossip Girls

Psssst! Have you heard the latest gossip on…gossip? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When was the last time you “heard it through the grapevine”? The latest Kardashian drama, whispers about your frenemy’s plastic surgery gone wrong… We all have our guilty gossiping pleasures. Don’t

Team Caffeine

Guzzle that morning latte, in the name of … teamwork? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know the coffee maker is the new watering hole. A lot of business gets done over a cup of joe. But does coffee actually help us work

Model Anxiety

Swimsuit season is here! Are you stressing out? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying — you’re not alone! It’s a common problem, particularly for women. Seems like skinny models are everywhere. Commercials, billboards, magazines, online… EVERYWHERE. Scientists at the University of Oxford are looking