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‘Potentially toxic’ nanoparticles in baby formula – why the sensationalist headlines do nothing but scare parents

Michelle Dickinson Jul 02, 2017

Wow, now this is a new headline that would scare the bejeebers out of you if you were currently using baby formula: The Sydney Morninig Herald goes on to say: A world-leading team in nanotechnology at Arizona State University tested seven off-the-shelf baby formula products and found two – Nestle’s NAN HA 1 Gold and Nature’s Way Kids … Read More

How your daughter’s future doors may already be closed by the time she is six

Michelle Dickinson Mar 17, 2017

Imagine you are reading a story to a child; the story goes something like this:   “There is one person at work who is really, really smart. They can figure out how to do things quickly, they come up with answers much faster and better than anyone else.  Now imagine telling this story: “There is one person at work who is … Read More

Why detox diets don’t work – the science behind how your body removes toxins

Michelle Dickinson Mar 17, 2017

The health store shelves are filled with optimistic claims of weight loss products. It’s tempting after what may have been weeks of “I’ll start the diet tomorrow” to think about cleansing out your system to kick start your new body. Quick fix detox teas, juices and supplements are heavily marketed, enticing you to drink a magical natural potion which will rid … Read More

How microbeads in your bodywash could be helping chemicals enter the foodchain

Michelle Dickinson Sep 06, 2016

In 1976 chemical engineer John Ugelstad invented a technique on earth that other scientists believed could only be carried out in the weightless conditions of space. His discovery enabled the mass production of monodisperse spheres, tiny microscopic spherical plastic beads. The beads were typically 0.5 to 500 micrometres in diameter, about the width of 1 to 5 strands of human … Read More

The science behind Rio’s green Olympic pool

Michelle Dickinson Aug 15, 2016

The green swimming pool has been one of the big mysteries of this year’s Rio Olympics. Why would one pool turn murky and green when the adjacent pool was still clear and blue? The first official line from Olympic officials was that after extensive tests, they had finally pinpointed the reason to be a chemical imbalance caused by too many … Read More

Data shows women led companies are better!

Michelle Dickinson Aug 05, 2015

How’s that for a conversation starting headline? Those who know my passion for diversity would expect a headline like that from me, but it actually stems from a report released this week by First round capital, a venture capital firm which provides seed funding to startups. After analysing 10 years of data covering 300 companies […] … Read More

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