Danger Down Under

Ten foot venomous tentacles lurking in the ocean? It’s the box jellyfish! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Box jellyfish stings could easily be something from a horror movie. Especially terrifying? The monstrous C. fleckeri! Its venom causes pain, tissue damage, and even death! Swimmers,

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Build-A-Burger

Coming to a supermarket near you – lab-grown steak! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science….saying, someday. When they get it right! Yes, scientists can now make meat by growing cells in a laboratory! It’s easy on the planet, but not so much on the palate.

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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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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

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Social Interference

Are you shy? Maybe your T-cells are to blame! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. T-cells are the body’s immune warriors. They fight off invaders and keep you healthy! But what if your army of cells is short a few good men? You might get

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The Secret Life of Cells

Cells can have nuclei, mitochondria and… family secrets? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We each have a family tree of ancestors. Turns out, our cells also have a family tree! Doctors can use them to isolate diseased cells. But no one has created a

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Brainless Learning

Do you really need a brain to learn? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down On Science saying, maybe not—If you’re a slime mold! Those are single-celled organisms with a remarkably cooperative attitude. Individual cells come together into large colonies that appear to behave like single organisms. These

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Bad Vibrations

You’ve heard of good good good vibrations. What about bad bad bad vibrations? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, talking about an icky allergic disorder. It’s called vibratory urticaria. And people who have it aren’t singing a happy tune. That’s because any vibration against their

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DNA Autocorrect

Autocorrect is great for our phones. But what about our DNA? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. DNA is made of building blocks called bases. These bases spell out the blueprints for our cells! Sometimes, mistakes are made, and the wrong base gets swapped in.

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How Do You Spell Zika?

One, two, three! It’s easy as… A, G, C? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Who doesn’t love a spelling bee? Cute middle-schoolers lisping out words like Xanthosis and Logorrhea! But spelling is vital inside living organisms too! Why? See, cells need proteins to work

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