Destructo-Chicken!

Stand back, FOWL beast! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The island of Kauai is being invaded – by chickens! Over the past few decades, the feral chicken population on the island has EXPLODED! They scratch at the roots of young fruit trees, killing them.

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Something to Crow About

You’re a bird brain! Hey, that’s a compliment! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Starting with a cupcake, could you figure out how to make another one? If you didn’t know anything about baking, probably not! Humans learn by watching others and imitating behaviors.. Is

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Good Boy Brain

Who’s a good boy?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. From pugs to German shepherds, dogs are a diverse bunch! And humans have bred them to perform all kinds of jobs. They’ve mastered tracking, guarding, pest control… and being our best friends! But did centuries

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Pretty Lemur

Was the leafy green diet invented by. . . lemurs? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Tasty fruit grows on Madagascar, where lemurs roam. Yet, their diets are far less fruity than other primate diets – they prefer their leafy greens. This LEAVES scientists baffled.

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Sad Crow(d)

Does a sad emoji make you feel sad too? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Good times, bad times – friends share it all! And sometimes, we unconsciously match the mood of those around us. This effect is called EMOTIONAL CONTAGION. Even our dogs seem

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Puppy Dog Eyes

Ever seen an ugly puppy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – no such thing! They’re ALL cute! And they somehow look the most adorable when they’ve done something bad. It’s all in those pleading puppy dog eyes. Sometimes instead of a scolding, Fido

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Panda Picnic

Going vegan? What can a bear claw teach us? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bears love meat! And occasionally honey — I’m talking to you, Winnie the Pooh! But not ALL bears. For instance, despite their ursine heritage, pandas eat bamboo everyday. However, a

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Three High Mice

If you give a mouse LSD…THEN what? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hallucinations are tricky to study. So it’s hard to develop effective treatments for disorders like schizophrenia. Giving people LSD to make them hallucinate? Probably a bad idea. Fortunately, it’s much easier, well,

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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

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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:

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