The sciences are overwhelmingly hostile to women, and in astronomy, it’s doubly bad for women of color. New research published yesterday in The Journal of Geophysical Research affirms what these women have been saying for years: As a result of persistent harassment by their male colleagues, many women of color feel…
First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, Hidden Figures—the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA—is number one at the box office. It’s raked in roughly $6o million so far, and counting.
Captain America may get all the glory when it comes to saving the fictional world of the Marvel Universe, but our real world desperately needs saving too. And it’s going to require more than an indestructible shield. To save our planet, we’re going to need science.
In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space. Today, PBS Digital Studio released a short animated film featuring an interview between Ride and Gloria Steinem from that very same year. It’s a great retrospective on Ride’s early career—but it’s also a reminder that obnoxious gender biases…
In an investigation published today, Science reveals that a Caltech professor received a one-year suspension for sexually harassing his students. A physics professor was academically punished by his institution to protect students?! That’s not how this usually works at all! Thank you, Caltech.
On December 6th, 1989, Canadian women were targeted, shot, and killed for being engineering students. The Montreal Massacre is a national day of remembrance and action, which makes it the perfect time for IBM to push their pinkification of science campaign.
Can a spider spin a web even when torn free of the grip of gravity? Thanks to a research experiment devised by Judith Miles, we know!
December 18, 1975: This is no casual swim: astronauts Carolyn Griner, Ann Whitaker, and Mary-Helen Johnston train in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator to help design new experiments to conduct in the challenging environment of space.
Once again, a prominent researcher is revealed to be complicit in creating a culture of oppressive harassment that alienates women from science. Can we hurry up with the cultural revolution to ditch this bullshit already?
Everyone has heard of the daring Amelia Earhart, but her British piloting peer Sheila Scott did her part to bust boundaries for ladies in aeronautics. Along with her numerous speed records and first flights, Scott helped NASA prove it could use satellites to track the location of airplanes.
The internets are having fun destroying biochemist Tim Hunt’s comments about the “trouble with girls” in laboratories. Using the hashtag #distractinglysexy, people are posting ironic pictures of famed female scientists, while working scientists are taking selfies so hot it’s like they’re saturated with thermal energy.
A new study on gender bias against women of color in science has found that "100 percent of the 60 scientists interviewed reported experiencing bias and discrimination." Incredibly, it gets worse; 48 percent of African-Americans and 46.9 percent of Latinas also reported being "mistaken for administrative or custodial…
I love this. May Britt Moser accepted her Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared with Edvard Moser and John O'Keefe) in a dress inspired by her work. Designer Matthew Hubble incorporated neurons in a way that was still pretty and not too costume-y. (More info and an interview w/ the designer over at SciAm).
On December 6th, 1989, women were targeted, shot, and killed for being engineering students. Today is a day to honour women scientists and engineers living and working in Canada.
It is an incredible day for science when a tiny robot manages to land on a comet. It is an irritating day for science when that gets overshadowed by a poor wardrobe choice. It is a good day for science when that mistake is quickly addressed, and even better when it results in a fantastic new shirt design.
After much anticipation, and more than a little prodding, Lego has added three female researchers to its cadre of scientific minifigs. The "Reseach Institute" playset features an astronomer, a paleontologist and a chemist, and a range of badass accoutrements (like Lego dinosaur fossils!) specific to each specialty.
A 12-year-old Florida girl's science fair project on invasive lionfish has surprised even seasoned ecologists, and led to the first published paper on lionfish freshwater tolerance.
China is home to some of the richest fossil deposits in the world, and has been the source of many of the exciting recent discoveries in paleontology. But the country is having trouble attracting new paleontology students. This "group photo of one" represents the entire paleontology graduating class at China's #1…
After far too long, Lego is finally acknowledging that lady scientists exist. We don't yet know which figures will be produced, but it looks like the solitary woman in science minifig will be getting some coworkers!