Infectious Thoughts

Petri dish art at the Auckland Arts Festival

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 26, 2015

As part of the thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Art Festival, we spent 2 hours letting kids and their families make their own bioluminescent bacterial art using just a cotton bud, a petri dish and a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria. Many thanks to James Dalton, Claire Honney, Hannah Read, Simon Swift and Benedict Uy for their … Read More

thinkScience at the Auckland Arts Festival – Biolumination II

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 23, 2015

What happens when a microbiologist with a love of glowing bacteria teams up with a group of artists? Biolumination II! … Read More

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thinkScience day at the Auckland Arts Festival

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2015

Saturday the 14th of March sees the debut of thinkScience*, a mini-festival of science being held as part of the Auckland Arts Festival family weekend and White Night. We may be starting small, but we have something for everyone! Interested in things that go whiz/bang or got any kids or grandkids that are? Then ‘Nanogirl’ Michelle Dickinson’s … Read More

WANTED! Artists/illustrators needed for glowing art/science project.

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 09, 2015

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 Auckland … Read More

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Why scientists need to step up & engage!

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 08, 2015

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 and Embryology Act … Read More

Skeptical Thoughts – Bigfoot, MMS, deja vu & ‘vagacials’

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 26, 2015

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 … Read More

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