Glowing Sharks

Lions and tigers and glowing sharks, oh my? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: We’re gonna need a bigger boat! Lots of ocean-dwelling animals glow. Biofluorescence allows a marine animal–say, a shark–to take in light and convert it to a different color. What color?

Dirty Drinking

What do trees, coastlines, and pineapples have in common? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Answer? They’re all FRACTALS, shapes that repeat as you zoom in. Their aesthetically-pleasing geometry inspires artists, writers, and even scientists! Sagar Khare’s team from Rutgers University felt drawn to fractals…

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

Better Bug Guts

Hah! Gotcha, pesky mosquito! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down On Science. Mosquitoes! They suck. Not only do they bite, but they can spread dangerous diseases like malaria. Some insecticides that USED to kill mosquitos aren’t effective anymore! What can we do to stop them? Flaminia Catteruccia

Extreme Endurance

Baby, we were born to run! But just how far? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Could YOU run a marathon every day – for twenty weeks? A dozen athletes did just that! They competed in the Race Across the USA. Is there no limit

Tell-tale Tattoo

Want a tattoo your parents would approve of? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For diabetics, tracking blood sugar is important – but annoying. Finger-pricking is painful. Patches that monitor blood sugar are expensive and can come unstuck. Is there a better way? Enter Ali

On the Rocks

Beware the rock-eating monsters of Terror Island! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Sounds like an old Vincent Price B-movie plot, but be warned… these creatures are REAL! So found an international team of researchers led by Reuben Shipway from Northeastern University. They identified a

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

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

Robo-Situps

Happy hour for robots? Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Robots with artificial muscles that are flexible, durable, and responsive would be a dream! Unfortunately, robotic joints are too stiff and slow for human-like movement – yet! Shengqian Ma from