Mosquitoes and Dengue in Singapore

Last week, Radio 938Live asked me for an interview on mosquitoes and dengue. The interview that went on air was of course much shorter than the chat I’d had with the radio man, so here’s a more extensive Q&A: Does the weather have to do with the increase in mosquito numbers in Singapore? The weather…

A little bit of chicky-ness

Do you know that there is a live animal exhibits in the Science Centre Singapore? I always enjoy peeking at the little animals when I pass by the area, and check on what they were doing. From mice to gerbils to hedgehogs, they never fail to amuse me, even when they were asleep.    …

Crikey… What a little beauty!

Isn’t she lovely Isn’t she wonderful Isn’t she precious Less than 150 minutes old… Okay, so that last line of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t she lovely’ song I made up.. but hey, our Atlas Moth is out! What a little beauty! And it all happened… six days into our little ‘big brother’ experiment of training a…

The return of the greens!

Nature is truly amazing. About eleven days ago when I first checked out the atlas caterpillars (or the remaining of those which had not morphed into cocoons), the Camphor tree which was the host tree was nearly bare. You can check the picture in Danny’s blog earlier. After our weekly department meeting today, we checked…

Today’s Discovery – Shake it, pupa, shake it!

I like to make discoveries – making an observation and figuring out something I didn’t know before. Quite often, this happens in our Ecogarden. Like today, when I checked on the Atlas Moth pupae that have caused quite a stir among some of our staff here at the Science Centre. All those remaining caterpillars still roaming…

Spotting a Cocoon Retreat

I returned to work after a two-day hiatus, and was greeted with an exciting buzz over cocoon couture in our Ecogarden! Well I’ll be! This workplace continues to throw up surprises! Insect enthusiast and science educator, Li Hui filled me in on the details… Over the last few days, a mini truckload of Atlas Moth caterpillars…

How small can you get?

We are generally quite good at imagining what it might be like to be another person. We seem to think that we can imagine what it is like to be a dog, or a cat, or a hamster. We are probably pushing the limits when we try to imagine what a bee might experience in…

Ants and their pheromones (Part 2)

Recently I blogged about my observation of ants’ behaviours when sprayed by a homemade ant repellent solution of vinegar and water. You can read the last blog here. The solution has been useful for me at home, so I have more or less been diligently using it. Apparently, it works best (at repelling the ants)…

Ants and their pheromones (Part 1)

Ants infestation is sometimes a problem in my house. I am sure many of you are nodding in agreement. If you can live with it, great. Normally I don’t really mind them crawling around under the dish drainer or towards the rubbish bin which we will dispose of by the end of the day. What I…

A revisit of the caterpillar

You might have read our blog posts sometimes in July about this caterpillar that appeared in our office. 1. I spy with my little eye… 2. Nature is everywhere indeed! Or you might have just seen the picture or video post on our “Science It” Facebook page. In the composition picture above, we showed the…