Mangroves: Nature’s Desalination Plant

Mangrove forests have great ecological significance, both to humans and the functioning of the natural environment. By protecting mangroves, we can help protect the future of our planet.

Sounds like a Bright Idea! 

By Aminah Hydar, Benjamin Wong and Chen Siyu of Broadrick Secondary School  Imagine waking up one day with limited electricity, reserved only for powering essential appliances at home, in schools and in offices. No more watching television, charging our phones and gadgets, using our computers, or even turning on the air-conditioner on a warm day. Seems unlikely? Well, if we are not careful about how we consume electricity,…

Tinker Fest ’17 (Illusions): Journey

By Fatin Iesa, Science Centre Singapore’s resident tinkerer who loves to apply scientific knowledge in a crazy and messy manner.   The Tinkering Studio celebrated the school holidays with another edition of Tinker Fest from 29 May to 4 June 2017. Based on the theme on Illusions, visitors wrapped their minds to create and explore…

The Improbable Aircon: Why Singapore Should Care About Antarctica

By Sandra Marichal A month ago, I found myself harnessed to a rope held by an expedition crew member who was, at the time, wearing five layers of clothes shielding from the -15°C winds. I, on the other hand, was wearing my two-piece bikini, ready to jump into the -2°C waters off the Antarctic Peninsula….

Insights from the Google Science Fair Singapore Team

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. This year, three girls, Marion, Joy and Sonia entered the competition from Singapore. All three girls are members of the SAYES club and have worked in NJRC, Science Buskers and SSEF at Science…

Physicists celebrate Singapore’s golden-jubilee year

  I’ve landed in Singapore shortly before the 50th anniversary of the nation’s independence –  Sunday 9 August is the official date. The event that brought me was a conference entitled “60 Years of Yang–Mills Gauge Field Theories”, the opening day of which on Monday 25 May featured speeches by C N Yang, who shared…

Stormy Singapore?

The other day, I took a short break in the Earth – Our Untamed Planet exhibition. I noticed a few things, but what really caught my attention was this image: This is part of an exhibit that describes how typhoons, tropical cyclones and hurricanes come about, and that they really are all the same thing, just…

Have you seen this moth?

Six years ago, Singapore saw an unusually large number of Lyssa zampa – big, gray, swallow-tailed moths – appearing all over the place. Starting then, and every year since, N Sivasothi from the National University of Singapore has been asking his friends and online followers to report any sightings. He is keeping tabs on how the number…

Singapore on the Hillside

We all know gravity is pulling us down towards the Earth. We usually assume that this means towards the centre of the planet, but that’s actually not the case. It would be the case if the Earth was a perfect sphere with uniform density, but our planet is a lot more interesting than that. Earth…