What makes a scream alarming? Siouxsie Wiles Jul 23

Researchers find screams occupy a special auditory space and cut straight to the parts of the human brain that process fear and danger.

Hope for prominent cheekbones! The fate of faces. Siouxsie Wiles Jul 22

How ‘untrustworthy’ your face looks could determine your prison sentence.

My 2c worth on latest sexism in science debacle Siouxsie Wiles Jun 11

This week in science, another eminent old white guy dug himself into a hole. Here’s my 2c on his non-apology and what the Royal Society and other such bodies should do about their biased and out of touch Fellows.

Monday Micro: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Korea Siouxsie Wiles Jun 08

In 2012 a new virus emerged in the Middle East. Causing severe respiratory and flu-like, the disease was called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)* or “Saudi-SARS”. The virus responsible was found to be a novel coronavirus related to the SARS virus, and named MERS-CoV. Until recently, almost all cases have been confined to the Middle [...]

Monday Micro: Fighting superbugs with pheromones Siouxsie Wiles Jun 01

Pheromones aren’t just about sex. They can kill superbugs too!

The building blocks of bias Siouxsie Wiles May 21

How can Lego stop gender-stereotyping? With one simple move!

Monday Micro – Glowing Superbugs at TEDxChristchurch Siouxsie Wiles May 18

Last November I talked about my research at TEDxChristchurch. It was my first experience of a TEDx event and I was blown away by how amazing and inspirational the day was. It was very humbling to have been given the opportunity to enthuse about bioluminescence and bacteria. Here’s the video of my talk, also featuring [...]

Those “illegal” school science kits and our illogical Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act Siouxsie Wiles Apr 08

The Dominion Post recently ran an article about “Glowing GE bacteria” which were “produced illegally in New Zealand using mail-order kits from America”. Perhaps unsurprisingly given that the phrase ‘genetically engineered’ was mentioned, Green MP Stefan Browning and GE Free New Zealand spokesperson Jon Carapiet chimed in to share their dismay that people/kids were fiddling [...]

Biolumination II: Meet Gareth Baston! Siouxsie Wiles Apr 07

Meet Gareth Baston, chief petri dish wrangler for Biolumination II.

Glowing fun at the MOTAT Science Street Fair Siouxsie Wiles Apr 02

Last weekend the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab took part in this year’s Science Street Fair at MOTAT in Auckland. We had the GlowBooth up and running again (at least until the camera’s battery died!) and 262 people joined us to make some bioluminescent art. There were lots of smiley faces drawn this time! GlowBooth photos are [...]

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