Women have made essential contributions to how we understand the world around us, from discovering new elements and sub-atomic particles to advancing modern psychology. However, they are often left out of history books and popular discourse while their male colleagues are celebrated. In her new book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky spotlights fifty women who have made, and are currently making, invaluable breakthroughs in science. Illustrated in bold, beautiful colors on a dark background, each woman is depicted doing the work she loves next to a brief biography and fun facts about her life. Signal to Noise had the chance to talk with Ignotofsky about her book and the inspiration behind it.
Where do nanoscience, spray paint, geology, wood blocks, astronomy, and biology come together? An art gallery. TheenTANGLEment exhibition, curated by Bob Nidever and displayed at TRUNK Gallery in Venice, California, had its grand opening September 10 and is an examination of how art and science interact and influence each other
Pop culture events like Dragon Con are full of activities aimed at satisfying our inner (and sometimes outer) nerd. What sets Dragon Con apart, though, is its elaborate Science Track, which dedicates over 40 hours of programming geared towards – you guessed it – science. But it's about much more than that. The Science Track aims to discuss science and science fiction in a fun, engaging manner, creating an environment where scientists and science enthusiasts can geek out together. We had the opportunity to chat with two scientists who are actively involved in the Dragon Con Science Track and in the field of science communication (SciComm): Dr. Raychelle Burks and Dr. Eric Spana. Both are sitting on a number of panels this weekend at Dragon Con.
The day you’ve been waiting all year for is finally here. The doors open and you get the best seat in the house, front and center. You’ve prepared a question or two, hoping you get the opportunity to ask one of the speakers. Finally the lights dim and the panel begins. What’s the topic? Star Wars, naturally. Question one – could the Ewoks sustain themselves by eating Storm Troopers? I bet you didn’t see that coming. The special guests today are scientists, prepared to talk Star Wars science. They're speaking on just one of dozens of science-related panels at Dragon Con.
Of all the garbage we collected in the extreme north, the most unexpected pieces were children's toys. I wanted to imagine the high Arctic as pristine, with endless white vistas. Yet on beautiful forlorn shores of Svalbard, Norway's Arctic archipelago, we spotted our remnants - a mustard bottle, a cigarette lighter, a slipper, an asthma puffer, and plastics galore. In Svalbard's most remote lands you see more polar bear paw prints than human footprints - but you also see our human synthetic waste.
It can be difficult to know how much truth there is to the science news we encounter in the media. Next time you read a piece of science news, follow along with our checklist! The more you can check off as you read, the more likely it is that you've found quality science journalism.
In 2011, the Congressional Budget Office reported that over 1,000 American soldiers required an amputation, due in large part to improvised explosive devices. Some lost legs; gone are the feelings of an ocean washing over their feet. Others, an ear, binding them to auditory imperfection and forever altering their mirrored reflection. But must these losses last forever? The integration of stem cell science with new tissue fabrication techniques is tantalizingly close to achieving a feat seemingly pulled from the pages of science fiction. Can we regrow those soldiers’ limbs and ears?