Nano Girl

Chameleons colour changing secret discovered to be nanotechnology!

Michelle Dickinson Mar 11, 2015

Chameleons are one of natures most incredible creatures with their ability to quickly change colour for social reasons or personal protection. They have populated myths and legends and were even described by Aristotle due to their unusual features including their independently moveable eyes, long projectile tongue and zygodactylous (two toes forward, two behind) feet. Previously […] … Read More

How a temporary tattoo can measure blood glucose levels

Michelle Dickinson Jan 25, 2015

Anyone who has had to manually measure their blood glucose levels using the finger pin prick method knows that it’s not a pleasurable experience.  For many patients with diabetes, this process needs to happen several times a day, every day to monitor glucose spikes after eating in order to administer the correct dosage of insulin. […] … Read More

Quantum dots in your TV!

Michelle Dickinson Jan 25, 2015

This years CES (consumer electronics show) has just drawn to a close. A place where us tech obsessed nerds scour the exhibitor list looking for the next big thing in gadgets and gismos. Drones and wearable devices were prominent this year, but the big announcement that caught my nano attention was the launch of Quantum Dot televisions. […] … Read More

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