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An endemic species of orchid, Nervilia singaporensis, was discovered in July last year at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve by researchers from the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The genus Nervilia was, until recently, thought to be locally extinct in Singapore. Thus, Nervilia singaporensis is at present the only species of Nervilia found in Singapore and this plant can only be found in Bukit Timah …

The findings, published in Nature Communications, show how they used a simple chemical process akin to conventional soap-making to turn pollen grains from sunflowers into soft microgel particles that respond to various stimuli. They suggest that, coupled with advances in 3D and 4D printing, the resulting pollen-based particles might one day be turned into a range …

The economic and ecological impacts of nature on humans have long been established with prevalent environmental issues such as climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources being the first to cross one’s mind. On the other hand, much less attention has been paid to the cultural and social values nature brings to humans. Even though natural …

At the Committee of Supply debate, Mr Desmond Lee, 2nd Minister for National Development announced that the National Parks Board (NParks) will work with the community to transform Singapore into a City in Nature. This new vision builds on what Singapore has achieved as a biophilic City in a Garden. It seeks to further integrate nature …

Since her mother died last year, 74-year-old Lim Yeo Hong has been living alone in a flat on the outskirts of Singapore, scavenging for cardboard scraps which she sells for a living. The only time she meets anyone is once a month when she collects food from a charity. “There’s nothing else I can do …

E.O. Wilson, who did a lot to disseminate biophilia in the USA in the middle of the twentieth century, described biophilia as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. Innate means hereditary and hence part of ultimate human nature.” For the first time in history, more people are living in cities …

Is the Earth now spinning through the “Age of Humans?” More than a few scientists think so. They’ve suggested, in fact, that we modify the name of the current geological epoch (the Holocene, which began roughly 12,000 years ago) to the “Anthropocene.” It’s a term first put into wide circulation by Nobel-Prize winning atmospheric chemist …

 Using rotating, 3D-printed sculptures that he displays under a strobe light, the US designer John Edmark, a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, creates dynamic ‘blooms’ that look like sophisticated computer-animation exercises come to life. As Edmark explains: [The] animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same …

Ecosystems are networks so intricate that their survival or collapse is extremely difficult to predict. However, by mapping the lifespans and studying the resilience of different ecosystems around the world, network scientists at Northeastern University are working to create a common mathematical framework that could anticipate – and help us prevent – the collapse of …

The current climate and ecological crisis demands a radical redesign of how we live and organise our societies. Yet these urgent changes, though complex, are far from impossible. Some of them are simple, beautiful, and beneficial to all. By greening our cities with street trees, urban paks, and community and rooftop gardens, we can keep …