All posts by Signe Cane

Editor & Art curator of Wonder. Signe is a freelance science writer with work published in The Scientist, Australian Geographic, Australasian Science, and Australian Life Scientist amongst others. Signe has an MSc in cognitive science, and loves to explore wonders of the natural world both in writing and visually. And she has to say here that all views expressed are her own and not those of her employer.
Tree of Life // © Open University

Science is not just an opinion

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" —Douglas Adams

People often write heartfelt pieces about the personal history of a certain belief of theirs. Virginia Heffernan recently attempted just that on her blog, when she felt an urge to explain … Continue Reading ››
Botanical beauties from the past

Botanical beauties from the past

In the days before high-resolution colour photography, natural scientists had to be able to draw. Or hire someone else who was accomplished in the artistic craft and willing to work in tandem with the scientist. Beautiful and meticulously  detailed, today botanical illustrations from the 19th century have an aesthetic and historical value.  And it turns out … Continue Reading ››
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The longest experiment

Science can be a rather slow process. Sometimes the technology needed to confirm a hypothesis is not there yet, and has to be invented by subsequent generations. Sometimes repeated trials are necessary to make sure the conclusion is correct. It can take several generations of scientists building upon each other’s work to come to a … Continue Reading ››
Profs Howard and Smith | Image from John Innes Centre

Even plants can do maths

If you have three cookies and dinner is five hours away, how slowly should you eat the cookies so that you don’t get dangerously hungry? This is the kind of calculation that plants do during the night when they are waiting for sunlight to come back on. Here’s a recap from primary school biology: plants generate … Continue Reading ››
David Orr cover slide

Lots of spectacular feathers

David Orr is a young graphic designer who loves dinosaurs, paleontology, natural history and similar cool stuff. While undertaking his graphic design degree, he also works for the Indiana University Art Museum, designing ads and exhibit graphics as well as publications.
Many of my projects involve science communication, a field in … Continue Reading ››