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The Loh Down on Science is the fun way to get your daily dose of science in less than two minutes. The program explains the world of science with a dash of humor. Hosted by writer/performer and Caltech alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, it's a program for those who love science as well as for those who avoid it!
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Pets vs. Pests
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; Credit: Hannah-BarberaThe Loh Down On ScienceThe eternal question. Who’s the better rat catcher? Cats or dogs?This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cats are the quintessential rat CHASERS – just ask Tom and Jerry! They’ve been used for centuries to hunt rats and mice. All over the world! But do dogs to a better job? Themb’alilahlwa Mahlaba at the University of Swaziland set out to answer that very question. Mahlaba, with an international team of scientists, measured rodent activity at forty different homesteads. Some had cats, some had dogs, some had both, and some had neither.They THOUGHT that the cats would be the rat-catching champs. But, boy were they surprised!
Cats and dogs actually performed the same. BUT these homesteads had the same rodent activity as those with no cats OR dogs! So maybe cats aren’t the rat catchers we thought they were.And the homesteads that had BOTH cats and dogs? They had the fewest rodents!So there’s a solution to your rat problem! Cat and dog teams! IF we can get them to stop chasing each other!This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.