It’s Earth Day… Meet Rachel Carson, The Woman Who Inspired Modern Environmentalism In 1962

April 22, 2017 by

Today marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a campaign created in 1970 to "force environmental protection onto the national political agenda." It has since grown to be a movement that is credited as "the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe." More than a billion people participate ... [Read More]

Mother of the Telephone, Grandmother of Flight: Mabel Hubbard Bell (1857-1923)

March 29, 2017 by

We have been living without the menace of Scarlet Fever for a solid century now, and in that time it has devolved from a creature of visceral terror that, at its height, killed thirty percent of the children it struck, to a bit of colorful but somehow unreal nostalgia buzzing about the edges of ... [Read More]

Mathematician Emmy Noether (1882-1935) Solves the Universe

March 22, 2017 by

“Momentum is always conserved, except when it isn’t.”  In high school physics, we learn all manner of conservation laws, one at a time, when they accidentally happen to pop up, without so much as a word of explanation for WHY nature seems to care so much about these quantities. We’ve asked, of course, only to have our knuckles rapped ... [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]

Exclusive: A Few Words From 7-Year-Old Chloe, Who Wrote The Letter To Google That’s Taking Over The Internet

February 23, 2017 by

A few weeks ago 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater, from Hereford, UK, was inspired by her dad Andy to write a letter to Google and share her desire to work for the tech giant when she "is bigger". ... [Read More]

The Mathematical Adventures of Maryam Mirzakhani

February 22, 2017 by

A square, who works as a lawyer in the two-dimensional world of Flatland, sits down with his hexagonal grandson: Taking nine squares, each an inch every way, I had put them together so as to make one large square, with a side of three inches, and I had hence proved to my grandson that – though it was impossible to see the inside of the square ... [Read More]

10 Things You Should Know About Edith Clarke, A Badass, Pioneering Electrical Engineer

February 10, 2017 by

Edith Clarke was born 134 years ago today, on February 10 in 1883 in a small Maryland farming community. One of nine children, both her parents died by the time she was just 12 years old. Six years later, Edith made the life-changing decision to use the little inheritance money she received to study mathematics and astronomy ... [Read More]

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