Convoluted insights

400 million years ago the Himalayas were at the bottom of an ocean. How do I know? Well, that ocean was home to tiny marine creatures. When those died, they became part of the sediment. Then, as the Indian and Asian tectonic plates collided, the sea floor was thrust up, forming what we today know…

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The fly on the wall

The Science Centre offers some great opportunities to get in touch with nature. There are the obvious ones, like our monthly Nature Discovery Trails, or a visit to the Ecogarden. Then there are the more subtle ones, like watching the chicks hatch in the Discovery Zone. But the most memorable encounters with wildlife are the…

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The Stop Motion Boom

Guest Post by Nick Berger, who is the co-author of the book, titled ‘The Klutz Book of Animation’ and who will be at Science Centre Singapore on 21, 22 and 23 November from 2-5pm to conduct a 3-hour workshop on stop motion animation. Stop motion animation is enjoying something of a renaissance on YouTube at…

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A computer genius who changed our lives

Guest Post by Dr. Wulf Hofbauer, Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR. (Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect any official IMRE/A*STAR position.) After prolonged illness, a modern-times genius has passed away who broke new grounds in information technology and profoundly impacted the way we use computers. Dennis Ritchie was…

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Reflective Learning

Guest Post by Dr Tan Kok Siang, Lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE) In life, problems and crises do not present themselves at expected times (as in school examinations). There is also no fixed curriculum and no model answers to problems. However, we can prepare ourselves for such uncertain situations. One good way…

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