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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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The Loh Down On ScienceThis just in—science meets Smell-o-vision!This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying:Humans expel all types of gases. Many are classified as volatile organic compounds, or V O Cs. These gases are expelled by breathing, or even through your skin. But can the V O Cs you emit, speak for you?Enter Jonathan Williams and colleagues from Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. They wondered if watching different movie scenes could affect the V O Cs people emit.To find out, researchers measured over eight hundred V O Cs released by almost ten thousand moviegoers. The sampled air was collected during 16 different films. Including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Carrie, Buddy, and The Hobbit.The results? Different V O Cs were detected during different movie scenes. Most notable were suspenseful and funny scenes, which yielded very different compounds.So no need to ask your friends, “Hey, how was that movie?” Now you can just measure their gases!This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.