Nano Girl

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

Science News Roundup 7th May 2014

Michelle Dickinson May 06, 2014

In this mornings science roundup on TV3’s Breakfast Firstline show I covered three different topics that had caught my eye over the past 7 days. The first was about how new research gives further insight into how fibre not only affects bacteria in the gut but also neurons in the hypothalamous to reduce our apetite,… … Read More

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