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

Stars al Dente

Astronomy? More like PASTA-nomy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… We are stardust – no, really! The elements in our bodies were created by supernovas — stars that exploded long ago. But now astronomers believe that some of those dying stars met a different

Energize and Kick Butt

Here’s a new energy solution that kicks butts… literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What’s one of the most toxic environmental pollutants? Cigarette butts! Tobacco waste is non-biodegradable. And it’s full of harmful chemicals! Luckily, scientists in South Korea have discovered a kick-BUTT method

Photo Finish

Picture the past… If you can! But can you? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The first photographs were daguerreotypes. They were developed using mercury and gold instead of silver, which came later. These pieces of history are tarnished and may be lost forever! Or…

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

Taking a Dive

There’s nothing like seabirds to. . . take a dive! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s a beautiful sight: seabirds diving head first into the water to catch unsuspecting prey. A perfect ten! But the northern gannet (GA-nit) takes gold with its flawless, high-speed

Ted’s paper and interview!

Ted recently published a paper in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B entitled “Molecular Dynamics Investigations of Dibutyl-phosphoric Acid– Parameterization and Dimerization.” It explores the interactions of molecules involved in re-claiming or recycling uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. These discoveries are important for reducing hazardous waste produced from

Parental Attention Deficit

Being a perfect parent. The secret is. . . what? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some kids who are raised in overcrowded institutions can have developmental issues. Attention deficit disorder, problems speaking. Lack of individual attention can really slow mental development. Charles Nelson at

Bee Plus

The hive’s in danger. Is the solution. . . magic mushrooms? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bee populations worldwide are in danger. Deadly viruses spread by mites deform their wings, rendering them unable to fly. Can we save the bees? Meet Walter Sheppard of

DVD Extras

Is a new aid in treating heart disease. . . Netflix? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Streaming movies on demand has killed the D-V-D. What to do with the old disks? You only need so many suncatchers, right? Enter Hua-Zhong Yu’s team at the