WANTED! Artists/illustrators needed for glowing art/science project. Siouxsie Wiles Feb 09

Are you an artist/illustrator who wants to try something different? Or do you know anyone who is? I’m looking for 8-10 people to join me for a very special project as part of this year’s thinkScience day being held during the Auckland Arts Festival and White Night. They will need to be free and in [...]

Why scientists need to step up & engage! Siouxsie Wiles Feb 08

A few days ago, the UK parliament voted in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three different people. The vote passed by 382 to 128 – a majority of 254 – and is to amend the UK’s 2008 Human Fertilisation [...]

Tim Minchin – The Good Book (unofficial) Siouxsie Wiles Jan 26

If you’ve not yeen seen this yet, it’s marvelous!

Skeptical Thoughts – Bigfoot, MMS, deja vu & ‘vagacials’ Siouxsie Wiles Jan 26

For anyone interested, you can hear my latest Skeptical Thoughts slot with Graeme Hill on his RadioLive Weekend Variety Wireless show here. We cover an eclectic mix of stories, from Bigfoot, using MMS to ‘treat’ autism and deja vu. My favourite story was the appearance of ‘dating guru’ Lisa Palmer on UK breakfast TV show [...]

Biolumination: Turning glowing fish poo into art… sort of! Siouxsie Wiles Jan 22

Last year I collaborated with artist Rebecca Klee for the Art in the Dark festival, held in Auckland, New Zealand, each year. Our piece, called Biolumination, featured several litres of glowing bacteria, some custom-made glass tubes and three aquarium pumps. A big thanks to Benj from Gather and Hunt who shot some footage of our [...]

Will new antibiotic Teixobactin save us all? Umm, not quite. Siouxsie Wiles Jan 08

Researchers in Germany and the USA have just published a paper in the journal Nature describing a new antibiotic they have called Teixobactin (1). This study is good news; the World Health Organization warned last year that cancer chemotherapy and routine surgery will soon become life-threateningly risky because of the worldwide rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs [...]

A gift for someone special – Part III Siouxsie Wiles Jan 04

I recently blogged about my experience donating eggs. In this post I want to explain why I chose to write about it. What I have just been through is what some companies are encouraging their female staff to do so they can be ‘career women’ without leaving it too late to have a family. Apparently [...]

A gift for someone special – part II Siouxsie Wiles Jan 02

I recently blogged about my experience donating eggs. In this post I want to explain why I decided to become an egg donor. There are three main reasons: 1. Someone very special to me needed a donor. 2. My family is complete and I’ve no more need of my eggs. I’m not sure if it’s [...]

A gift for someone special Siouxsie Wiles Dec 31

Regular readers may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet for the last month. I’ve been feeling ‘under the weather’, to use a common euphemism. In reality I’ve been through a really interesting experience that isn’t often spoken about in public. That must make it the perfect material for a blog, right? Right! Warning: I [...]

The science of Rudolf’s glowing nose! Siouxsie Wiles Dec 24

This festive season AUT University Prof’s Steve Pointing and Allan Blackman released a marvelous little video explaining the science behind some of the unanswered mysteries of Christmas. How does Santa get to all those houses unseen in one night? And how does he get down the chimney? I’ve been sent the video so many times as [...]

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