13-Year-Old Aspiring Astronaut’s Inspirational Speech At The March For Science

April 24, 2017 by

Taylor Denise Richardson is a 13-year-old who has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer and an astronaut one day. She has attended 4 NASA Space Centers including Space Camp; is a member of the Mars Generation as a Student Space Ambassador; a Girl Scout; ... [Read More]

“Out Of School And Into Nature” Picture Book Celebrates The Life And Career Of Naturalist Anna Comstock

April 3, 2017 by

What makes a child want to become a scientist? I get asked that question rather a lot when I talk about Women in Science, by anxious parents and grandparents who want to make sure they aren't somehow stifling the next Jane Goodall by ... [Read More]

Dr. Jane Goodall Takes On Climate Change Skeptics And Calls On Everyone To Stand Up For Science

April 3, 2017 by

(click image to play video) Happy birthday to Dr. Jane Goodall, who turns 83 years young today! The pioneering primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and environmental activist is calling on everyone to join this month’s March for Science to stand up and speak out against those ... [Read More]

Hydrogen Rules: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979) and the Composition of Stars

March 8, 2017 by

“You are young, and wrong. You must retract.” When fresh-faced zeal confronts experience, it usually loses. Scientists who think they’ve solved everything on day one usually find that they’ve merely wandered into a seductive semblance of a solution, the first of many in the years to come, ... [Read More]

The Strangers Within: Biologist Lynn Margulis and the Rebirth of Endosymbiosis

March 5, 2017 by

In terms of cell count, ninety percent of you isn't you at all. Bacteria, though by mass they only make up about two percent of a human being, account for nine out of every ten cells inside you. Some of them are beneficial, like the bacteria in your digestive system that help break down carbohydrates. Others, less so, like the mouth bacteria ... [Read More]

The Chemistry of Beauty: Hazel Bishop, Inventor Of First Marketable Indelible Lipstick

January 25, 2017 by

Remember a while ago when I said that botanists were the most under-respected members of the scientific community? Well, that's true until you consider a branch of science so underappreciated that many disdainfully refuse to even consider its practitioners as ... [Read More]

Legacy, Suspended: Vera Rubin And The Ongoing Saga Of Dark Matter

January 4, 2017 by

Vera Rubin died last week, and for a brief moment the gaze of the Internet swung her way to notice her remarkable life and work, to say a number of things about them of which perhaps half were true, and then moved back to its usual stalking grounds. That instant of online recognition left a wake of bubbling misconceptions it ... [Read More]

The Enemy is Ignorance: Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle Speaks for the Oceans

December 28, 2016 by

One of the most consistently frustrating things about humanity is our blithe willingness to allow all manner of industrially organized brutality so long as the end result is something chemically interesting sliding momentarily across the taste receptors of our tongues. On land, the result is the often grizzly but at least regulated horror ... [Read More]

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