Inspiration Behind Science

The world around us is a marvel of both biological and technological evolution. This means that ideas and inventions do not come from a vacuum; they come forth as we build upon what we know and see around us. So how did we get from rubbing sticks together to create fire, all the way to…

Defending the Common Mahang

My very first memory was of me falling from a great height. I had no idea what was happening as I plummeted down, my surroundings whizzing by in a green blur. Then it hit me. The soft, damp ground that enveloped my entire being. My heart was cold from being abandoned by Mother, but my…

10 Unique Plants That Influenced Today’s Modern Medicine

Forests cover 31% of the Earth’s surface and hold many secrets that are waiting for us to uncover. Over the centuries, humans have ventured into the forest to find plants for medicinal purposes. Fortunately, with today’s technological advancements, the medicinal powers of some unique plants have been harnessed to better fight against diseases. How are…

Science: Changing the World of Sports

With the latest release of the Nike Alpha Fly Next%, My curiosity in the role of technological advances in sports over the past couple of years was peaked. These advances are what help humans to push the limits of sports achievements to greater heights. Over the years, scientists have made use of everything given by…

Terrarium: A garden in a jar

Tarrium? Terranium? It’s terrarium. Sometimes misspelt and confused with an aquarium, this garden in a jar has much to offer. Terrariums create therapeutic space for your office desk – for those moments where meetings or deadlines have had you face down on your desk. With their stylish looks, they can be fantastic greenery additions to…

A Singaporean’s Guide to 8 Common Street Trees

Singaporeans are slowly resuming life as per normal. As shops start to reopen, those brave enough to venture outside swiftly flock with their SafeEntry apps in hand. But for the more cautious, they might not have seen any other form of life except through their TV, computer, or phone screens for 3 months and counting…

Game Review: Crossing into Science

Spending most of my free time at home during this challenging pandemic period meant that I needed to find things to do in order not to get bored to death. One of the few things that I did was playing new video games, like many others. I chanced upon the Nintendo game, Animal Crossing: New…

Once Upon a Pitcher Plant

The first time it happened, Hems was greatly displeased. In fact, ‘greatly displeased’ might be an understatement of the reaction one would usually have to being pooped on.  However, Hems was, in fact, a plant, and thus there was not much he could do about the uninvited guest’s droppings. The perpetrator, a funny looking furball,…

The Ocean

I have always wondered what it is like to go under the ocean and swim with the fishes. With a sense of curiosity and fascination with the life that thrives beneath the surface of the ocean, I took my first dive at Bunaken Island, Indonesia. Beneath the surface of the ocean lies a world very…

Social Distancing: If Trees Can Do It, So Can You!

This is not another article about how social distancing will flatten the curve. It’s not a plea for you to stay home. We trust our readers have the good sense to do so. Instead, this is an article about crown shyness. A fascinating story of how some trees got this whole social distancing thing right,…

Bee Our Friend! 12 Fun Facts About Bees

Bees live in a colony.A colony of bees consists of 20 000 to 60 000 worker bees. Honey could be considered as bees’ vomit.Bees draw nectar from flowers using their long proboscis and stores it in its ‘honey stomach’ which is different from its stomach that digests food. When the bees return to the nest,…

Invaders All Around Us!

I was enjoying lunch at a hawker centre when I heard a familiar, shrill sound near my feet. A few seconds later, a Javan myna, hopped onto my table and eyed my food curiously. Not wanting to share my yummy meal, I quickly gobbled it up, thinking ‘Wow, these birds are becoming increasingly common’. Javan…

Plant Health: A High-rise Container Gardener’s Journey

My journey as a high-rise container gardener started about eight years ago. It was a thoroughly unremarkable beginning: after buying two adorable potted ivy and arrowhead plants from the nursery to ‘beautify’ our apartment, we (the wife and I) discovered to our horror that watering our new ‘acquisitions’ would cause water and soil material to…

5 Things You Need to Know about Air Plants

You may have noticed these delicate-looking air plants being displayed across walls or hanging from ceilings without any soil or water. How do they survive in the air without any soil and water? The truth is they are hardier than they look! Besides sprucing up your home decor, they also help to purify the air…

Hijackers in Nature

With the fear of COVID-19 haunting the public, many of us have become warier of people coughing and sneezing around us. This sparked some random thoughts in my mind. I understand that our bodies produce mucus to deal with the viral infection. Coughing and sneezing out the mucus are ways for our bodies to get…

It’s all Greek to me

Every species of living things has its own unique scientific name, following a system laid out by Carl Linnaeus in his book “Systema Naturae” in 1758. The rules to naming a new living thing are very vague, it just has to be in Latin and follow a 2 name system with a genus and species…

The Dig in Dinosaurs!

We often think of dinosaurs as big, menacing and mysterious creatures. Even though they are no longer with us, most children love everything about them! What draws children, and even adults to these magnificent creatures? My own fascination with dinosaurs began at a very young age. Whilst I could not find them in the zoo,…

Tarantulas in Singapore?

5 Mins Read The first tarantula I ever saw was on one of my early trips, when I just started out exploring our forests here in Singapore. I was with a couple of friends and one of them suddenly pointed to a tree trunk. It was a scrawny, malnourished tarantula with a mite-infested mouth and an abdomen…