Poopopotamus

Hippo poop stinks — in more ways than one! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In Tanzania, Africa, hippos are big. And they leave a big mark. How big? These large mammals generate over fifty-two-thousand metric tons of dung each year! People originally thought that

Smartphone Psychiatry

Think you need a professional to tell if you’re depressed? Maybe your cell phone can help! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A new study shows that data from smart phones – such as minutes used and caller location – can be used to identify

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.

Zoom and Enhance!

Step aside kids, who’s playing cops and robbers now? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…computers, that’s who! Artificial Intelligences aren’t just fighting for our attention with Facebook ads, now they’re battling each other! It’s Cops versus Counterfeiters. Christian Ledig and colleagues at Twitter are

Password Protection

“Totally random!” It isn’t just Valley speak! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Still using your cat’s birthday for your bank password? Me too! But random number generators are key to protecting websites and keeping sensitive information safe. Unfortunately, computer codes that produce random numbers

Human or Hologram?

Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi — you’re my only hope! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In Sci-fi films, communicating via 3-D holograms is all the rage. Here on earth, our two dimensional video conference calls? Not nearly as exciting. No longer, says Roel Vertegaal of

Marijuana Mama

Mothers to be—No more T-H-C! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying: Turn on, tune in, and LEAVE THE POT OUT. Marijuana has been legalized in twenty-five states in the U-S, for medical or recreational use. Of those who smoke marijuana, 6 percent are pregnant

Relephant Factors

What makes an elephant pack its trunk. . . and leave? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Elephant societies are matriarchal. Mothers and grandmothers lead the way. Sadly, older females are often targeted for their tusks. This leaves their family orphaned! So what happens when

Anxiety Connection

Avoiding the dentist? Is it fear that’s keeping you away or. . . something else? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Scientists have long thought anxiety begins at the amygdala, the fear center of the brain. But a different brain part, the hippocampus, might be

Original Yeast

Bread, beer, infections—what’s the common thread? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying, in many cases, it’s yeast. But where did the FIRST yeast start? Meet scientists Gianni Liti from the Université Côte d’Azur and Joseph Schacherer from the Université de Strasbourg. They studied the