Batty Idea

Holy biodiversity, Batman! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ninety percent of plants and animals in Madagascar are found nowhere else! Sadly, insect outbreaks threaten this amazing biodiversity. When they chomp down local crops, farmers are forced to compensate for the loss with field expansion!

I Heart Robot

The robots are coming… after my heart? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. To fix a leaky heart valve, surgeons drive a snake-like robot through your heart to get to the leak, kind of like a roto-rooter. But arteries aren’t exactly smooth drives in the

Not-So-Final Frontier

Space — the final frontier! And your next vacation destination? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying B-Y-O-O! Bring your own oxygen – there isn’t any! But what if space is more habitable than we thought? Caltech researchers Yunxi Yao and Konstantinos Giapis reached for

Bug Bait

When this couple wondered how to fend off bugs, a light bulb went on. Literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet husband-and-wife ecologists Michael and Teresa Justice. They made their home ground zero for an experiment on attracting insects. Every night they used a

Honey, I’m Cured!

A spoonful of sugar helps the… INFECTION go down? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying…ah-CHOO! Colds are the WORST! That cruddy, fatigued, phlegmy feeling! But for people with cystic fibrosis, it never ends. This hereditary disease coats the body’s glands in mucus, causing lung

Fierce Fungus

What do you get when you cross a mushroom with a spider? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Mosquitoes are not just annoying — some are deadly! Anopheline mosquitoes in Africa transmit life-threatening diseases like malaria with one bite. What’s worse, they’re becoming resistant to

Red Planet Blues

Everyone into the pool!…on MARS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A long time ago, in a galaxy not at all far away, Mars was super wet. How wet? About twenty-percent covered in liquid! But now our Red Planet is dry and dusty. Where did

Fashion Prescription

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When it comes to pregnancy prevention, the Pill is effective, but it’s not best for everyone. Some people have trouble remembering to take it regularly – in which case, it might not work!

Laughing Matters

“We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you!” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science – saying, perhaps! Maybe it’s the chuckling snort of your Grandpa Al. Or the appletini-infused cackling at a ladies’ night out. In any case, the way we laugh, and who