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An Animated Lesson on the Genius of Marie Skłodowska Curie

In a new TED-Ed animated lesson, Shohini Ghose takes us through Marie Skłodowska Curie’s great achievements and the impact of her revolutionary discoveries.

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Radioactive, a Biopic Based on a Marie Curie Graphic Novel Finds Its Director

Director Marjane Satrapi is officially confirmed to direct Working Title's Radioactive, a biopic based on Marie Curie.

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Famous Scientists Face Off in Science Kombat — But the Fighter Roster Looks Incomplete

Picture this: notable scientists of decades past could use powers inspired by their own discoveries to face off against one another in a 2D fighting game. That's the concept behind Science Kombat.

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Things We Saw Today: Hogwarts Nine-Nine Gives You the Potter/Cop Comedy Mash-Up You Didn’t Know You Needed

You love Harry Potter. You love FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Now, you can love them both at the same time on this awesome Tumblr, Hogwarts Nine-Nine.

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LEGO Adds Even More Female STEM Minifigs, & You Can Vote for Lovelace, Curie, & Others!

We feel that showing kids you can aspire to any career, regardless of gender, is important. That's why we're always excited when we see LEGO sets depicting female minifigs in a variety of careers, especially STEM. Take a look at some items currently available in the LEGO store while perusing some of the new Ideas projects worthy of your votes!

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New Marie Curie Film Will Highlight the Bias Against Women in Science

We've had some great biopics recently about scientists like Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking so I'm very excited to see a Marie Curie film in the works! It's a French, German, and Polish co-production directed by French director Marie Noelle.

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These Beautiful Women in Science Art Prints Feature Rad As Heck Ladies

I want twelve of each, please.

Designer and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky created this series of illustrations highlighting women in STEM who have done awesome things to advance humankind. We've got the first woman in space, the woman who discovered DNA, the woman who figured out radioactivity, and more. These posters are beautiful, and a beautiful reminder that too often history overlooks rad ladies. Never worry about that again with these reminders hanging in your home - buy prints on Rachel's Etsy here!

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Albert Einstein Vented to Marie Curie About Her Haters In Great 1911 Letter

Haters to the left.

In case you needed a reminder that trolls have been around and haunting awesome women since long before the Internet, look no further than a letter Albert Einstein wrote to Marie Curie in 1911. He's also got some good advice, though one that obviously comes from a world pre-twitter: "If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don't read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated."

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Things We Saw Today: The D&D Map From This Week’s Episode of Community

I'm pretty sure I've gone through the Forest of Frustrations in every single campaign I've ever played. (via io9)

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Marie Curie: A Super Genius, Super Selfless, Super Hard Working, Super Radioactive Historical Superhero [Video]

she blinded me with science

SciShow does their best to explain why Marie Curie is basically the best, for breaking gender barriers, discovering incredibly important science, knowingly studying radiation's lifesaving uses as the research destroyed her own health, and raising two kids mostly singlehandedly. If you'd like to hear about some more lady scientists who were also basically the best, refer, as always, to this xkcd comic. (Thanks, Tipster Abigail!)

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Things We Saw Today: Pwincess Bwide Wine

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Best idea ever, or best idea ever? There's now a line of Princess Bride-inspired wine. Choose from the Inconceivable Cab or the As You Wish White. (via Gothamist

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52 Funny, Geeky Valentines Cards

Power Grid

Valentines Day: perhaps the silliest of the recognized holidays, whether you think it's silly and fun or silly and stupid. In my opinion, probably the best thing about Valentines day is fan-made nerdy Valentines, whether or not you're actually giving them. So here's more than fifty geeky valentines, some of which you can print, some of which you can buy, all of which you can enjoy and then have enough time to use later this month.

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That Time Some Chauvinists Rejected Marie Curie’s Application to the French Academy of Sciences

she blinded me with science

It's probably hard to believe that a two-time Nobel Prize winner for her work in both physics and chemistry, a person who discovered and created the word "radioactivity," was rejected for membership by the French Academy of Sciences on this date in 1911. We are talking about the one and only Marie Skłodowska-Curie, pioneer for not just women in science, but in the field of radioactivity. And when she applied for membership, she was rejected by a margin of two votes -- because she was Polish, maybe-Jewish (not that it matters, but she wasn't), and a woman. Yup. Marie Curie -- rejected by the French Academy of Sciences for having a vagina. If they weren't already dead, they'd probably be kicking themselves in the most French way imaginable.

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Scientific American Editorial Defends Women in Science… in 1911

All this has happened before...

When science comes to the matter of bestowing its rewards it should be blind to the mere accident of sex; and one does not have to be an enthusiast on the subject of the extension of the rights and privileges of her sex, to feel that here is a woman who, by her brilliant achievement, has won the right to take her place with her compeers in the Academy, or any similar institution devoted to the furthering of science. The scientific world will undoubtedly agree with Gaston Darboux, Secretary of the Academy of Sciences, in urging the right of Madame Curie to succeed to the position of which her late husband was next to the last occupant. So says an editorial that ran in the January 21st, 1911 issue of Scientific American. This was a time when neither the US, or France allowed women the same democratic rights as men. Marie Curie, who had already won her first Nobel Prize, was the first female head of the physics laboratory at Sarbonne, a French citizen, and held both a doctorate and a professorship in the field, was denied entry to the French Academy of Sciences because of her gender, her nationality of birth and (false) rumors that she was Jewish. Naturally, in response, Curie "would not allow her name to be resubmitted for nomination and wouldn’t let the Academy publish any of her work for a decade." The editorial goes on:

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Things We Saw Today: Batwoman Begins

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Sadly (or impressively?) this isn't a cosplay, it's a photomanip created by the person (or persons) behind Fan Art Exhibit. (Fashionably Geek)

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Happy Birthday Marie Curie, You’ve Got a Google Doodle!

she blinded me with science

If Marie Curie hadn't died of radiation poisoning, she probably would have died of something else, but if instead her long exposure to the radioactive material had given her superpowers like it always does in comics, then maybe she would have lived to turn one hundred and forty four today. And she would have gotten to see Google devote it's Doodle to her. But lets be fair: everybody is probably already familiar with two things (and possibly only two things) about Marie Curie. One: she studied radium. Two: she died from complications of studying radium. But there's lots more that's awesome about Marie Curie.

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Female Scientists and Mathematicians: You Are Not Alone

Sock It To 'Em Ada

From xkcd, supplemental materials behind the jump.

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Today We Saw: The Batman: Who He Is And How He Came To Be… As Told By Peeps

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14 Geeky Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Cards

So, after the overwhelming media hogwash, you've still forgotten that tomorrow is Valentine's Day? Or maybe you really meant to go out and get that nice thing, but it just slipped your mind (as always, the Penny Arcade sentiment is timeless). Have no fear, Geekosystem is here.

Below the cut you will find a sampling of the best geeky Valentine cards on the Internet, just waiting for you to print them.

You're welcome.

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