Thursday, March 9, 2017

Women of Science

This is a wonderful video about some important women of science and the sexism that they faced then as well as today.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dart Art: Science and Nature

I know Kevin Dart's work through his movie art (e.g., Interstellar). This is his Science and Nature series, which features prints that focus "on the wonder that is space and our surroundings."

You can see more of his art at his tumblr page.

SCIENCE & NATURE - Teaser Trailer from Chromosphere on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Women of NASA Legos!

Legos! I don't know about you, but I love all things Lego. When Lego goes sciency, I love it even more. Now, five female NASA pioneers will soon me immortalized in Lego form in the new Women of NASA set created by Maia Weinstock, a science editor and writer at MIT news. It beat out 11 other projects in a Lego Ideas competition. And with the recent success of the movie "Hidden Figures," this set is sure to be a hit.

Margaret Hamilton
The set includes figures of:

  • Margaret Hamilton - A computer scientist that worked at MIT under contact with NASA in the 1960s. She developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in the Apollo 11 moon landing. She poplarized the modern concept of software.

Katherine Johnson
  • Katherine Johnson - A  mathematician and space scientists that is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs. She is one of the women portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures.

Nancy Grace Roman
  • Nancy Grace Roman - A chief astronomer for NASA and one of the first female executives at NASA. She is known as the "Mother of Hubble" because she was instrumental in the realization of the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA's astonomy research program.

    Sally Ride
  • Sally Ride - Best known as the first American woman in space (1983), she was also a physicist. She later focused on education, founding an educational company focusing on encouraging children, especially girls, to pursue the sciences.

  • Mae Jemison - Best known as the first African-American woman in space (1992), she's also a mediacal physician and an entrepreneur. She established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.

It also includes a desktop frame that displays the figures and their names as well as vignettes detailing their accomplishments.

Keep up to date with this at the Lego Ideas Project Page for Women of NASA

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