Pick Your Battles

Democracy is all about civility… right? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Conflict happens. Kids pull hair, spouses fight, politicians declare war. But democracies have voting power! Does that make us nicer than dictatorships? Meet political scientists Michael Gilbilisco, from Caltech, and Casey Crisman-Cox from

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.

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

Measuring Fun

Socrates once said the unexamined life is not worth living. But the examined life has its downside, too! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. By examined, I mean measured! We can measure almost anything with gadgets. Sleeping. Eating. Exercising. Not exercising. In a series of

Happiness Unplugged

Is the key to your teen’s happiness… a smartphone? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. They’re texting, on Facebook, or playing games. They SEEM to be enjoying themselves. After all, they KEEP playing Candy Crush and scrolling through their news feed. But could all of