Not Too Sweet!

Trying to cut your sugar intake? You may want to drop that Diet Coke! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Equal, Splenda, Stevia – just some of the tempting low-cal sugar alternatives! Who wouldn’t want to savor that sweet, chocolatey cake without the sugary guilt?

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Immunity Assault

Is pouring salt in someone’s wounds a good idea? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying yes! But wait. Scientists have long known that some of the salt we eat gets stored in our skin. But they’ve thought that was a byproduct of salt intake,

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Foreign Imports

Do you have imported genes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, talking about DNA, not denim. Researchers from the University of Cambridge say humans certainly have genetic imports. The reason? “Horizontal gene transfer.” That’s when genes jump from one species to another. Like from viruses

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Killer Caterpillars

The Very Hungry Caterpillar…is STILL hungry! Watch out!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Caterpillars love to snack on plants. Poor plants! Since they can’t move, they have few options for self-defense. But one clever plant might a few tricks up its sleeve! John Orrock

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Four-Letter Words

How many four-letter words do you know? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Let’s take “drat.” Rearrange the letters, and you can also make dart, and that’s about it. My point? There’s a limit to how many words you can make with those four letters.

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Head Shake

And now, some mind-blowing news about . . . concussions? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Concussions happen when someone’s brain literally gets shaken inside their skull. Ow! When athletes get knocked on the noggin, coaches may check for concussion on the sidelines. How? By

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The Perfect Wave

; Credit: Julie Macey The Loh Down On Science Surf’s up dude! Grab your. . . calculator? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Surfers travel all over the world in search of the perfect wave. But even if you’re not riding monster waves in Hawaii,

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Global Language

The Loh Down On Science Hey English speakers, want to learn a second language? Maybe not Chinese. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Meet bilingual Hebrew-English speaker Shahar Ronen. When he was a graduate student at MIT, he got curious about how well different modern languages

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Toxic Nests

; Credit: Ignorance is Bliss The Loh Down On Science Paper, plastic, and… cigarette butts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Urban birds scrounge up people’s trash to build their nests. No butts about it! Just like cigarettes aren’t good for you or me, they

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