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…