Laser Sailing

Space…the final frontier! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Breakthrough Starshot is a globally funded engineering research project. Their mission? To send thin, sheetlike “starChips” into space and take closeup pictures of alien stars. A whole fleet of these objects is designed to sail through

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Cars Lite

Does your car need to go on a diet? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wish your gas-guzzler got more miles to the gallon? It would if it wasn’t so heavy! Steel accounts for more than FIFTY PERCENT of average car weight! Replacing steel with

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Purifying Petals

I see the future of water purification through rose-colored glasses – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Does your water purifier look dull and boring? Meet Weigu Li and his research team from the University of Texas, Austin. They engineered a stylish new water

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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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Ink of My Heart

What if a tattoo could save your life? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Heart disease patients need continuous heart monitoring for optimum treatment. But traditional monitors are bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Electronic, or E-tattoos, are a comfortable, wearable alternative. These thin devices are

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Microscopic Journey

Adventure thru innerspace! And beyond! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The Disneyland Tomorrowland ride let visitors travel “thru inner-space”. Riders were shrunk down to smaller than an atom, beyond the limit of microscope technology. Like in that sci-fi movie “Fantastic Voyage!” Cool, right? Current

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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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I Heart Robot

The robots are coming… after my heart? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. To fix a leaky heart valve, surgeons drive a snake-like robot through your heart to get to the leak, kind of like a roto-rooter. But arteries aren’t exactly smooth drives in the

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Not-So-Final Frontier

Space — the final frontier! And your next vacation destination? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying B-Y-O-O! Bring your own oxygen – there isn’t any! But what if space is more habitable than we thought? Caltech researchers Yunxi Yao and Konstantinos Giapis reached for

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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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