Mangroves: Nature’s Desalination Plant

Mangrove forests have great ecological significance, both to humans and the functioning of the natural environment. By protecting mangroves, we can help protect the future of our planet.

Learning the art and science of greening at Greenology

By Tan Xing Yu, STEM Inc, Education Officer, Science Centre Singapore On 18 May 2018, 17 teachers from Damai Secondary School, Broadrick Secondary School, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, Loyang View Secondary School, Ministry of Education Headquarters and Science Centre Singapore visited Greenology at Farnborough Road to learn more about the company’s involvement in the…

Rainbow Culinary

If your child is refusing greens, this workshop might be the perfect one for you! Tired of mashing carrots or cutting celery into cube sizes to ensure that they stay hidden in your child’s food? Instead of forcing your child to eat something they dislike (aka vegetables), why not make them love it!  Join Science…

Wrack your brain!

Due to a wrong move, your lab assistant and you are plunged into an unfamiliar time zone and travel back in time. There is no time for you to waste. Think hard and act fast before your time runs out – you have to hit the time machine’s emergency button to return to the present….

The colours in life

Written by: Benedict Tham and Dexter Lim “I am finding my wings so I can fly, and soon I’d be on my way.” Are you? If you think life is dull and boring, think again.  Jointly presented to you by Science Centre Singapore and Butterfly Park Sentosa Singapore, ‘Butterflies Up-close’ boasts over sixteen different species…

Face your Fears!

Challenge yourself and conquer all of your fears this year at Science Centre’s Phobia Party! Not only do you get enjoy Science Centre at Night, you’re assured to sample some groovy food and drinks. Challenge your friends to face their fears at our Fear Challenge Stations, try your hands at our game stations or enjoy…

An InTREEguing Walk

Keen to stretch your legs and explore nature for a change? Want to take a look at some critters up close? Then check out Science Centre’s Intreeguing Walk occurring this Saturday, 5 May 2018! Perfect for anyone wishing to enjoy a guided stroll through nature while learning about the surrounding life. Registration closes on 28 Apr…

Why do we cry when sad?

Call me a weeper or crybaby — when I’m triggered by a wave of emotions, streams of salty tears roll down my face uncontrollably and turn me into a complete hot mess. It could be the grief over my appalling results. Or the sorrow of losing something precious to me. Or it could be the…

Flamazing balancing skills

When you think of the crimson pink Flamingos, the first thing that comes into your mind must be their one-legged perch! Amazingly, Flamingos stand on one leg to have half of their body rested while the other half active, and they swap legs when the side of their body is well-rested. In fact, more muscles…

Are you kidding me right meow?

Nine lives – Are you kidding me right meow? Are you a cat purr-son? If you are, the myth about cats having nine lives should be familiar to you. Science has proven that these furry felines do not have nine lives – in fact they only live one noble life. How did this myth come…

Local Asian Herbs

By Ajuntha Anwari Blue Rice Memory As a child I recall eating a delicious dish at a restaurant in Geylang Serai together with my family. It was a delicious rice dish that gripped my young imagination because the rice was coloured blue! I later learnt that the blue colour came from the blue pea vine…

Flavours and the Mind

Ever experienced the nostalgia of smelling a place you have been to as a child? Or tasting a 3D printed lollipop and experiencing a sour taste? Check out our Digital Food exhibition and challenge your senses! Taste Test Sugar and Sweetener molecules are very different in molecular size and chemical structure, and yet they fit…

Discovering the Butterflies of Singapore

On 12 Aug 17, Science Centre Singapore and Nature Society Singapore organised a nature talk “Discovering the Butterflies of Singapore” at Science Centre Singapore, delivered by Dr Anuj Jain, Former Chairman, Butterfly & Insect Group, Nature Society Singapore. Dr Jain shared his knowledge about butterflies and the rich diversity in Singapore, both in the parks…

Nature Calls Again!

By Merlynna I didn’t know much about Palms until I had attended Nature Calls Again! – which was not as you’d imagine – a trip to the ladies, but the guidebook launch of Science Centre Singapore’s latest publication –“A Guide to Exotic Palms of Singapore”. 😉 Nature Calls Again! proved to be a highly engaging event…

Alzheimer’s Disease

Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. World Alzheimer’s Day is coming up on 21 September and its aim is to promote awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. For those unclear about exactly what Alzheimer’s disease is, it’s basically a disease…

The Mechanics of Dreams

Ever wondered how dreams work? Read on to find out what EnDian Neo has to say about the subject! Is there any research which says that dreams do or don’t have a purpose? What do you personally believe? Research is inconclusive. There are a few theories about why we dream: As a way to remember/record…

Learning how plants ‘drink’ water— A classroom activity

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore Another classroom activity I introduced to teachers on ‘How to make your class alive where students really learn’ in Jakarta on 9 May 2015 was about the vascular system in plants.  This activity was organised as a competition – how many straws can one…

Learning about the human digestive system the fun way

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore During a workshop for teachers on ‘How to make your class alive where students really learn’ in Jakarta on 9 May 2015, I introduced a classroom activity for students to learn about the human digestive system.  Often students learn from textbook the anatomy of…

Why we eat when we study – The Brain and Self-Control

Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. Snack companies spend millions of dollars trying to find that perfect blend of spices, chemicals and textures to hook us in- and they’ve succeeded to some extent. We know that…

Which is the more Emotional Gender?

Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. If you’re like most people, you probably looked at the title of the post and immediately thought the answer was obvious…women, duh! Well, you may be in for a surprise….

Sightings of flowering Pulai trees

I was excited last Friday morning when I observed a three-tiered tree full of cream-coloured blooms and butterflies fluttering over its crown. It was at a park connector about 10 minutes’ walk away from Science Centre Singapore. Being my first time seeing so many butterflies (estimated 15 or more) in a natural setting, I stood…

New Year Resolutions

Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. Your brain and self-control People make them constantly. But a series of studies done by clinical psychologist John Norcross has shown that most people don’t manage to keep their New…

Is it really better to give than to receive?

Tabitha Gan is undergoing internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. The psychosocial and physical benefits of gift-giving The phrase “It is better to give than to receive” has been quoted umpteen times and is used often as a way of…

Christmas shopping & misconceptions in gift-giving

Tabitha Gan is undergoing internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. Imagine this scenario. Your friend, relative or spouse knows you haven’t gotten their birthday gift and passes you a list of items that they would like to have, which are…

Temasek Snail – A revisit

About two years ago, we launched a guidebook “A Guide to Snails and other Non-marine Molluscs of Singapore” to help enthusiasts find and identify snails and non-marine molluscs that can be found in Singapore, and to increase awareness and interest in the biology, ecology and shell forms of these molluscs. The front cover picture of…

Where were you half a billion years ago?

Insects are everywhere and, as far as we humans are concerned, they always have been and always will be. We, as a species, have been around for about 200,000 years. The first members of the primates – the taxonomic order we belong to – emerged around 80 million years ago. And the first vertebrates to leave the sea…

Nature’s Call!

Fifty-four of us answered Nature’s Call, taking to MacRitchie in the not-so early morning hours of Saturday, 27 Sep 2014! It was welcome respite from our concrete jungle and a much anticipated adventure, which was fully subscribed within 24 hours of its communication to public! The MacRitchie Trail formed the second and final part of…

August Observation @ Ecogarden, Science Centre Singapore

I was inspired by a post on Facebook to make my way down to our Science Centre Ecogarden after a heavy rain one Friday (22 August) to see what insects I might spot. It was in the evening just before 6pm and I headed straight to a row of potted plants right in front of…

On a Fast Fade – Lyssa Zampa sightings

It appears that sightings of the tropical swallow tail moth have nearly petered out. Flying in to all corners of the North, South, East and West, our large, velvety brown friends earlier made quite the splash in significant numbers outside of their usual cyclical appearance (May to August). But it now looks like the glitzy…

The botak Lyssa zampa

Almost three years ago, I blogged about Lyssa zampa, the tropical swallowtail moth. I had forgotten about this post, until we suddenly started getting a flurry of comments in the last few days, reporting sightings from all over Singapore. Obviously, 2014 is a bumper season for this impressive lepidopteran, and it seems unnecessary to add…

Crab-tivating!

By Ng Mei Bao who is a Senior Science Educator at Science Centre Singapore. Feeling crabby? Watch this video and it may make your day better! Post by Science It. Wasn’t it mesmerising to watch that little critter eating in such a relaxed manner? Pinching off pieces of food with its claws and daintily bringing it…

Fossil fish discovered in SCS staircase

Walking up and down the stairs instead of taking the lift is good exercise, and I am a frequent user of the staircase at the Science Centre. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that one of the tiles on those very stairs had a fossil fish embedded that I had never noticed before! Judging…

Fight for Every Heartbeat

“Fight for Every Heartbeat”. This slogan from the British Heart Foundation appropriately illustrates the constant battle between Man and his arduous search to sustain life through natural and artificial means, by relying on heart transplants, or oddly-shaped gadgets (like pacemakers) that are sewn permanently onto his fragile body. The need for heart transplants is constant….

Is it a Black Rustic?

My house seems to be a magnet for insects. Beetles, praying mantises, moths, dragonflies. This is on top of the usual ones that you might find. The latest was a black moth sighted on a pipe on the night of 22 January. It might look a bit like a cockroach from far because of the…

Furry Worry

By Ng Mei Bao who is a Senior Science Educator at Science Centre Singapore. A very interesting find outside a friend’s house led to this search and discovery of a seemingly common animal in Singapore, yet many of us have barely had the chance to catch a glimpse of this beautiful creature in action. Featured here…

An evolutionary excursion (Part II)

As promised, here’s Part II of the Evolutionary Excursion! It was an absolute pleasure meeting Barry Clarke at a sharing by Wallace expert – Dr George Beccaloni at Science Centre Singapore on 4 December 2013. The Managing Director at Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific communicated with zeal, his dream of erecting a statue of Alfred…

Another plant-related mystery

This photo was taken along the fence of one of the many construction sites in Jurong East. On the way to lunch, I’d noticed something sitting on top of the edge of that corrugated fence, and on closer inspection that turned out to be a conifer cone. And it wasn’t alone – there were at least…

How long can an Aedes egg survive for under dry conditions?

This question caught my attention in a Facebook contest post by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. There was also an enticing hint to get the answers from “The Silent War” YouTube video clip to find out the answer. So, the curious me clicked on the link and off I went, to view a…

Interesting sights @ Ecogarden, Science Centre Singapore

Some of us at Science Centre Singapore were recently talking about the sights and observations from our Ecogarden right at the back of the Centre (Yes, we have one beautiful garden!) I thought it appropriate to share what one of our Science Educators, Patrick, shared of his evening walk at the Ecogarden yesterday. “Crackling symphony”…

The Swamp Thing

Do you remember the movie-the Swamp Thing? If you do, I’d daresay you’re probably at least as old as I am (not that I’m telling!). If you don’t know of it, it’s an interesting science fiction film based on the DC Comics Universe’ story of a humanoid mass of vegetable matter, who fights to protect…

Burp! | Who’s up for Food Combining?

G’day folks, It’s been so long (too long!) since I coined an article. So here’s one on food consumption that’ll hopefully get you thinking about what you chuck into your pie hole :p~ I recently returned home from a week-long trip to the Great South Land – which Brisbane City sits on, in the great…

Honolulu creeper or bougainvillea?

I had gone down to the Science Centre Ecogarden to check out the pigeon orchid plant again one day in May but realised that all the flowers were gone. Well, I told myself that I would have a chance again to smell the fragrance of the flowers, as Mrs Chee, one of our ex-colleagues have…

A flower named after Singapore

  A few days ago, I saw an interesting Facebook post by NParks, featuring a white flower with a red ‘eye’ in the centre that was named after Singapore, inviting fans to guess its name. How timely, I thought then, with our National Day just around the corner. Enthusiastic Facebook fans of the NParks page…

Plant of the Day

The current plant of the day in the Ecogarden has to be the Wild Cockscomb (Celosia argentea). Not only because of the beauty of its radiant pink blooms and its sweet scent that permeates the ‘Healing Plants” section of our garden; and not only because”virtually every part of this plant is useful to man,” as…

Ever seen a cow eye dissection?

I recently watched an interesting video by the Exploratorium. Rose, one of their explainers (people who explain science to their visitors) was dissecting a cow eye. She explained that as the cow eyeball is similar to that of the human eyeball, the dissection will help to explain how our eye works. I thought it was…

In the wake of the storm!

Here’s a sneak peek into the ‘carnage’ in the wake of today’s gusty storm… We lost one of our beloved trees in the Ecogarden – the Sea Hibiscus.          

Beauty of local butterflies – Have you taken a closer look before?

Late last month, one of our “Science It” Facebook page posts  (the colouring activity based on the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly) attracted some comments in a Facebook butterfly interest group. We are heartened by the responses and noted the feedback by our local community to also showcase some local species of butterflies. We…

My humble attempt to grow corn seeds

“I wonder whether they will germinate.” These words made me ponder too, at the bowl of leftover corn seeds soaked overnight for a Show-and-Tell session by some students. Two days later, I noticed these! By then, the corn seeds had already been soaked in the water for roughly five days. I was amazed! The last…

Of Epiphytes and Orchids

“They are pigeon orchids!”, Mrs Chee from Education Programmes Division shared with me when I emailed her a picture of some pretty white flowers that I found at our lovely Ecogarden. Things always happen on hindsight. It was only after Mrs Chee told me so, that I realised that yes, they suddenly look orchid-like. Weird…