Nano Girl

Company Paid Egg Freezing Empowering Working Women?

Michelle Dickinson Oct 15, 2014

This week, Facebook and Apple shared publicly that they are or will pay for egg freezing for their female employees without a medical condition. The media jumped on this relatively small change to the surrogacy benefit (Facebook) and fertility benefit (Apple) portion of the healthcare plans offered and sensationalist headlines took over the media suggesting […] … Read More

Where are all the women in tech?

Michelle Dickinson Sep 22, 2014

I’m just winding down from the fantastic Microsoft TechEd conference last week and was lucky enough to be one of the keynote speakers in front of an audience of over 2500 at the Vector arena. However, there was something startlingly different about me compared to the other keynote speakers. It wasn’t because I was the […] … Read More

Adding graphene to rubber bands could save lives!

Michelle Dickinson Aug 31, 2014

Graphene is flexible and conductive, rubber bands are stretchy and cheap, so what happens if you combine the two? A discovery by Europeans scientists published this week shows a cheap and easy way to add graphene to rubber bands turning them into a sensor which could measure vitals such as your breathing or pulse rate. […] … Read More

Could an aspirin a day could dramatically cut your cancer risk?

Michelle Dickinson Aug 07, 2014

In an incredibly detailed review of 200 studies published between 2009 and 2012, the results showed that the benefits of taking an aspirin every day for cancer prevention far outweigh the risks. The research published in the Annals of Oncology showed some very impressive results when it came to cancers, especially those in the digestive […] … Read More

Where do you fit on the scientific Kardashian Index?

Michelle Dickinson Aug 06, 2014

I’m a scientist who also owns a twitter account and was very interested in this paper by Professor Neil Hall from the University of Liverpool about scientists and Twitter and a new metric that he calls the Kardashian index. Basically it provides an equation so that you can compare the number of followers you have […] … Read More

Sniffing out explosives with nanotechnology

Michelle Dickinson Aug 03, 2014

There is a new nose about town and it’s sniffing out explosives molecules better than anything we have had before.  On Radio Live this morning I chatted to Mark Sainsbury about the new nanotechnology sensor and why it could help improve the air travel screening process.  You can listen to the interview here: The novel […] … Read More

Nano is the new black…….Vantablack

Michelle Dickinson Aug 02, 2014

Trying to make the blackest material known to man may not seem like an important issue until you see how much light interferes with our telescopes and prevents us from seeing distant stars and learning more about the world outside of Earth. Talking to Mark Sainsbury on Radio Live, I chat about Vantablack, how it… … Read More


How to build a superhero in 5 easy steps

Michelle Dickinson Jul 18, 2014

I was honoured to give my second TEDx talk at TEDx Wanaka this year and decided to combine the principles of nanotechnology, engineering and lessons from life. My 5 steps are: Step 1 – Believe in your Dreams (and surround yourself with others who believe in you too) Step 2 – If you believe in… … Read More

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