P is for Power

Can we power our cell phones with fuel cells that are really wee? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Yes! Meaning, not only are the cells tiny, but their power source is, shall we say, free flowing. That’s according to scientists at the University

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Sexy Scary Wings

Can colors be scary and sexy at the same time? This is Sandra Tsing Loh, with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Yes! At least for butterflies. Consider the heliconius erato butterfly of Central America. It sports a red band on its black forewing and a yellow stripe on its

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Man’s Best Friend

Does your pooch truly understand your feelings? Or is Spot’s nuzzling just learned behavior? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on compassionate canines. Dogs often show a strong emotional connection to humans. But can they really understand what we’re feeling? Researchers at the University

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Smarter Taller Kids

Hey older mom, feeling a bit guilty about being an older mom? Not so fast! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There are well-known health risks for babies associated with being born to a mother who is older. Particularly when she’s over the magic age

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Fabric Man

You’ve heard of Ironman, but what about Fabric Man?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. People can wear robotic devices known as exosuits to assist with everyday movements. For example, soldiers can wear them to carry heavy loads. People with spinal cord injuries can even

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Life in Space

Men are from Mars. Women, from Venus. Really? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying not exactly. But check out this intriguing new cosmic discovery from the University of Nice. Researchers there were simulating conditions commonly found in comets. Why? To see if life might

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Hobbit Miss-tery

News flash! Hobbits are real! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, taking you to Indonesia’s Flores Island. In 2003, archeologists unearthed a fossilized female skeleton there. The ancient human was only three feet tall. But she was an adult, so the scientists dubbed her “the

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50 Shades of Blue

Wearing one red sock and one blue sock today? That’s what you get for dressing in the dark! Sort of. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Think of vision as a series of brain cells turning each other on. Not so much romantically, as literally.

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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

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Left Field

Does anxiety send you into left field? Literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on emotional orientation! Psychologists in the UK report that a person’s emotions can steer where they walk. They say anxiety or inhibition can lead people leftwards. But overall positive vibes

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