Spider Bright

The latest designer colors could be coming to you soon courtesy of… tarantula hair? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Researchers at the University of Akron are interested in spider hair. Specifically, the hairs of the Metallic Blue Ornamental tarantula. This giant spider gets its

It’s Lit

Could the light at the end of the tunnel… cure blindness? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your eyes and brain communicate in perfect harmony to let you see. But for kids with amblyopia, or “lazy eye syndrome,” this tango gets messed up. The brain

Bumble-Drones

Flight of the bumblebee? More like flight of the bumble…drone! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Engineers are always looking to make things lighter, faster, and stronger. Origami-inspired structures are lightweight and cost-effective. That’s perfect for improving robot technology such as drones. However, they have

NUT-ricious Chocolate

Healthy milk chocolate. Sound nuts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unlike its more sophisticated cousin dark chocolate, milk chocolate isn’t known for its health benefits. But what if we could change that? Scientists at the USDA and North Carolina State University may have found

Race for the Cure

Computers always beat me at chess! What ELSE are they better at? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Pathologists discover two hundred thousand cases of lung cancer each year. Diagnosis requires time-consuming lab tests and a trained eye for pictures of lung tissue. Is there

Ant Jam

Getting on the highway at five o’clock? Pack a snack! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Traffic jams. Nobody likes them! Cars on the freeway, herds of cattle, even swarms of robots have to deal with traffic jams. What’s the secret to avoiding this misery?

Thinking Plants

Can plants think? Would you believe… yes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Consider barberry, a European shrub. It produces bean-sized fruits, each with one or two seeds. Its biggest threat is a tiny fruit fly. The fly injects its eggs into one of the

Motorized Meds

Medications, start your engines! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the last few years, scientists have developed biological micromotors for delivering drugs. They’re supposed to work like propellers, steering those healing medicinal molecules more quickly into your bloodstream. But there’s a problem. These motors

Mystery Volcano

Can a volcano cause global… cooling? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, going back in time to… The early 1800s. When it’s cold! Throughout Europe and North America, there’s frost, and famine. That cold spell was blamed on the eruption of Indonesia’s Tambora volcano, in

Vision Quest

So many kids today are nearsighted. Is the villain… Candy Crush? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Facebook, Youtube, Fruit Ninja – everyone seems to be glued to their screens these days, especially the kids! Is all this screen time hurting children’s eyesight? Po-Wen Ku