Nano Girl

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

Science, sexism and the media.

Michelle Dickinson Jul 17, 2014

So lets start at the beginning, I’m an engineer and a scientist and I’m passionate about communicating science and trying to get others to be passionate about it too. I think that understanding science is really important, no matter who you are or what your education level is.  Each one of us needs to make… … Read More


Can you increase your hitchhiking success using science?

Michelle Dickinson Jun 05, 2014

Hitchhiking, it’s cheap, a great way to meet new people and a staple for many young students adventuring around the world during their summer holidays.  Although the obvious dangers of getting into a car with a complete stranger should be mentioned, I’ll admit I’ve taken the chance many times and been lucky in only having… … Read More

Are you statistically less likely to die than Justin Bieber

Michelle Dickinson May 29, 2014

Stardom seems to be a really risky business according to the BMJ open journal research paper “Dying to be famous: retrospective cohort study of rock and pop star mortality and its association with adverse childhood experiences“. In my KiwiFM science chat this week I looked at the statistics behind celebrity deaths and the strong conclusion… … Read More

Can howling like a wolf make you feel happier?

Michelle Dickinson May 13, 2014

As a scientist I often come across journal papers that show weird and wonderful science I wish I had been involved in, either because they are totally bizarre or they are super cool. Realising that many of these articles sit in the cobweb filled archives of an online library somewhere, dreaming of seeing the light of day again, I’ve decided … Read More