Where were you half a billion years ago?

Insects are everywhere and, as far as we humans are concerned, they always have been and always will be. We, as a species, have been around for about 200,000 years. The first members of the primates – the taxonomic order we belong to – emerged around 80 million years ago. And the first vertebrates to leave the sea…

Off to see the golden boy

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs exhibition is on display in Seattle from 24 May 2012 to 6 January 2013. Yesterday afternoon, my family and I checked into the Pacific Science Center in downtown Seattle to suss out the King Tut travelling exhibition from National Geographic. Steeped in the fascinating and mysterious Egyptian ancientology, the…

The brave new world at the molecular level: Synthetic Biology

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore Last week I received an email from a teacher asking me to check out a competition called iGEM. I went to the website and found this descriptor: The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Student teams are given…