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…

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…

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”…

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…