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

Revenge on the Brain

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.  Can science help? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your brain has specialized regions to handle various tasks. For example, your hippocampus is involved in memory processing.  But how does the brain handle situations of

Robot Overlords

What does a robot and your boss have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. With humanoid robots becoming more and more realistic, scientists are investigating them as social tools. Now researchers at University of Clermont Auvergne are using social robots for more… sinister

Countdown to Patience

*beep beep* COME ON! MOVE IT!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, I know, I know – patience is a virtue – but no one is a saint! At Penn State University, David Reitter studies our tolerance to time. A group of volunteers was

Telephone Champs

Who’s better at playing telephone – Schroeder or Charlie Brown? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Playing telephone – it’s tricky! You swear you heard that you won a new Toyota. Sorry – that’s a new toy YODA! Yun Nan from Beijing Normal University tested

The Magic of Tidying Up

Take a picture – it’ll last longer! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When spring cleaning season arrives every year, we PROMISE ourselves we’ll clean out that attic! But it’s SO hard to let things go! I’ll just keep those Disneyland mouse ears around… and

Ticklish Rats

Who enjoys a tickle—toddlers, babies, rats?!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We often link laughter to joy, humor, and happiness – emotions typically felt by humans. But do animals also gleefully giggle during play? Scientists at Humboldt University in Berlin gave the question a