Voles That Console

Feeling stressed? Hug a prairie vole! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When you’re upset, friends come to comfort you. Why? Because of oxytocin, a.k.a. the love hormone. It’s linked to the warm fuzzy feelings you get from a hug. But studying oxytocin and fuzzy

Whodunnit?

Don’t panic, but…it’s a lie detector test! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying “Whodunnit?” Lie detectors monitor your heart rate. If you can keep your cool, they’re easy to deceive. But, can we invent a truth machine that CAN’T be fooled by breathing exercises?

Chinny-chin-chin

What do Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Jay Leno have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: They’re all twins! Just kidding. They all have prominent chins, of course. But even they can’t tell you why. The chin’s true function remains a mystery,

High Tide

Is there a 4:20 in the afternoon. . . for fish? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Headaches, depression, diabetes – our medicine cabinets are FULL of pills! And unfortunately, our bodies don’t fully absorb all the medications we take. The leftovers end up….um, in

Planespotting

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s – uh oh – bye-bye birdy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Aircraft strikes kill thousands of birds per year and cause more than one billion dollars in damage. Ugh. Researchers at the National Wildlife Research Center wondered:

Syrup Cure

Is the cure for ALS hiding in our pancakes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Maybe so! If you’re a worm that is. ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a motor neuron disease that causes irreversible damage to nerve cells. To study ALS,

Custom-made Heart

How do you mend a broken heart? DIY – do it yourself! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The most deadly heartbreak isn’t a bad breakup, but heart disease. It’s the number one killer in America! The only cure? A new heart! Unfortunately, heart donors

Towering Termites

Are your next building contractors. . . TERMITES? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. These pesky bugs are a nightmare for homeowners. But – surprise! Turns out some termites are quite the little architects! African termites build towering skyscrapers out of dirt and termite spit.

Sarcast-O-Meter

Bless your heart. Does our snark detector fade as we age? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Psychologists in Scotland wanted to know. Because as we get older, some brain tissue loses connectivity. It’s perfectly normal, but causes us to perceive things differently. For example,

Salt Fix

Salt free potato chip? No thanks! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Salt is in almost all foods, from soup to nuts! But too much causes high blood pressure. So how can we reduce salt intake without sacrificing taste? Healthier salts! Which have potassium or