Bee Mathletes

What’s smarter than a talking horse? A spelling bee? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Besides making honey, honeybees can communicate with dance, and even count! What CAN’T they do? Scarlett Howard from the Université de Toulouse BEE-searched this question. She tried to train bees

Smarter Taller Kids

Hey older mom, feeling a bit guilty about being an older mom? Not so fast! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. There are well-known health risks for babies associated with being born to a mother who is older. Particularly when she’s over the magic age

Egg-ceeding Diversity

Medium, large, extra-large – when it comes to eggs, does size matter? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Insect eggs come in all sizes and shapes. Fruit flies lay tiny, pointy eggs. Others, like the many-banded daggerwing butterfly, lay giant round ones — Well, relatively

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,

Taste Test

Coffee – it’s an acquired taste! Or is it? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some of us LOVE the bitter taste of coffee – others prefer sweet colas! Why is that? Marilyn Cornelis of Northwestern University wondered if the answer is in our D-N-A.

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

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

More Fat, Less Stress

Euh! A lock of grey hair! I blame my teenagers. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Worse than going grey, stress-induced inflammation can cause problems like allergies or depression. But there’s hope in the strangest form! Mycobacterium vaccae, a species of bacteria found in soil,

Mind Reader

You too can have ESP! It’s as easy as…putting on your hat? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever wonder what your friends are REALLY thinking? For example, do they actually love your new haircut? Well, knowing the answer might be possible – thanks to