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

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Health and Wealth

What’s more significant – your zip code or your GENE codes? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our genetic material is inherited from our parents. Their D-N-A influences everything we are, from our personalities to our looks. But can our environment ALTER this biological instruction

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Micro-Medicine

Hugs, not drugs. Wait, I mean, bugs on drugs! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. If you get sick, your doctor might write you a prescription. But not everyone responds to medicines in the same way. Prescriptions can be guess-and-check – expensive, and possibly even

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Plastic Protection

Yikes – dropped your smartphone in the toilet… again?!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Wouldn’t it be great if our precious devices were water-proof? Or even better – LIQUID and STAIN proof? Meet Paul Leu and his research team from the University of

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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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Mind Control

I’ve got burgers on the brain – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do I want fries with that double-double? Of course!! Sure, it messes with my waistline. But is it also messing with my BRAIN? Meet Garret Stuber from the University of North

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Butterflies Lost

Emerge from your cocoon, butterfly! But not in the house. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science Monarch butterflies annually migrate from North to Central America. In the past decade, the wild monarch butterfly population dropped by eighty percent! The culprits? Climate change, habitat loss, insecticides,

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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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Extreme Armor

Would you wear a sugar-coated bathing suit in a hot tub? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most living things wouldn’t survive a dip into a volcanic hot spring. The water is nearly boiling and super acidic! But somehow, single-celled creatures called Sulfolobus islandicus thrive

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