Hunting for Zzzzzs

Parents, what’s with teens and SLEEPING? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your teens are night owls. They hit the hay just as their grandparents are waking up. Why is this? Enter David Samson at the University of Toronto. He and his colleagues went to

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Self-Driving Safety

With great autonomous vehicles, comes great autonomous responsibility! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. As we age, our reaction time slows and driving gets trickier. The solution? Self-driving cars! However, most autonomous cars require alert drivers ready to take control in an emergency. What if

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Aging Bat-ifully

Hey, influencers – have you heard about BEAUTY TIPS from BATS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For most mammals, the smaller they are, the shorter their lifespan. But not bats! If humans played by bat rules, we’d live past a hundred and fifty! What

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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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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,

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Underage Volcano

Don’t erupt — but is that a fake I.D.?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Taupo is an active volcano in New Zealand. But scientists can’t pin down its age! The usual method is to carbon date nearby trees that perished during the eruption. All

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Cocoa Cure

Improve your memory by… drinking hot chocolate? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our memory declines with age. Neurologists at New York’s Columbia University may now know why—and what to do about it. They studied a specific brain area, the dentate gyrus, or DG. As

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Radical Treatment

Can being less of a “free radical” keep us young at heart? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, reminding us all that age is just a number! Arteries tend to shrink and harden with age, leading to heart disease. This is partly due to mitochondria,

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Tangled Tongues

Polyglot your tongue? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many people think they are too old to learn a new language. Supposedly, young kids pick up languages faster because their brains are still developing. But is any of that really true? Joshua Hartshorne, Joshua Tenenbaum

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