The Girl Scouts of the USA announced today that they're introducing 23 new badges in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as the outdoors.Read More
After being denied their visas twice, a six-girl robotics team from Afghanistan was awarded the Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement at an international robotics competition.Read More
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman and first Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal, has passed away at the age of 40 from breast cancer.Read More
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has been on a tour of all 50 U.S. states to reach out to folks outside of Silicon Valley and learn a little more about what their lives are like —and how they feel about things like community and tech, presumably to make Facebook better at serving them. However, at a recent stop at a university in North Carolina, a discussion about diversity became uncomfortable to watch.Read More
This year's New York Toy Fair featured plenty of great toys.Read More
21st Century Fox Tries to Close the STEM Gap, Holds Contest to Find Next Generation of Hidden Figures
Calling all women in STEM!
21st Century Fox wants to do its part in bringing more women to STEM. In honor of the film Hidden Figures, the company is partnering with PepsiCo to launch a contest to find their own hidden figures.Read More
The Stranger Things Funko set includes all the main characters, with a few different versions of Eleven, the Demogorgon, and Will. They're available for pre-order now and will hit shelves early next year.Read More
Magma buoys? Really?
Another short hiatus, another trio of reviews! Let's get to it.Read More
The future is held together by bubblegum and crossed fingers.
Today on seaQuest, the crew visits an old-west style mining operation and foils some 90s hackers. Plus, someone is finally surprised by the talking dolphin!Read More
In space, no-one can hear you impregnate a planet.
Researchers at the University of Bern recently published a study which revealed that prebiotic chemicals, glycerine and phosphorus, were discovered in the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. While it might not sound like a sexy result, this study is actually evidence of panspermia: the theory that life was transferred to Earth through objects like asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.Read More
"Stop taking pictures of her, you bitch" - Ellen Ripley. Probably.
Somewhere, there is an alternate universe where what defines a badass action star is not violence, or their weapons, but their ability to take a quality self-portrait on their phones mid-battle. Check out The WOW Report, where they have a bunch of classic action stars wielding selfie sticks instead of guns. Because no alien attack should get in the way of a good photo.Read More
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test given to eighth grade students in public and private schools nationwide every two years to test their proficiency in various subjects and allow for policymakers and school districts to track skills over time and adjust their policies and teaching methods accordingly. In 2014, NAEP included a test that measure literacy in technology and engineering for the first time, and the results were finally made public today.Read More
Maia Dua of River City High School in West Sacramento, CA has won the top prize in Marvel Studio's Girls Reforming the Future Challenge, a contest encouraging girls aged 15-18 to submit science, tech, engineering, and/or math projects that have "the potential to benefit humankind."Read More
In association with the run-up to Captain America: Civil War, Marvel has launched a STEM challenge geared at teenaged girls between the ages of 15 and 18.Read More
Did you know that Mariska Hargitay is a huge Hamilton fan? She'll have the honor of reading the prose portions of the audiobook version of Hamilton: The Revolution, and the musical's composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform the verse.Read More
An organization in the UK held a competition that was listed as a "girls in tech" competition, aimed towards trying to get more younger girls interested in STEM. But who ended up winning the #PrettyCuriousChallenge? Joshua, a 13-year-old boy.Read More
Give me your tired, your poor, your scientifically inclined.
Your daily reminder that being a scientist doesn't automatically make you clear-headed, logical, or right: A German scientist has revoked the license for a piece of research software he wrote in 9 EU countries (and the USA) he says allow the most immigrants to sully his beloved Europe. In reaction, other scientists no longer feel the need to be sullied by using this xenophobe's software.Read More
Girls go to the Moon to get more ... ??? Smart?
Google's Lunar XPRIZE is an international competition to land a privately-owned robot on the Moon with $30 million in prize money. MOONBOTS is the kid version of the STEM-based challenge, and the winning teams comprised more girls than boys!Read More
Support for Racially Profiled Student Ahmed Mohamed Encourages Irving Police to Come to Their Senses
We've been following the story of Texas high school student, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, and we - along with many prominent folks - stand with Ahmed.Read More
This is not the way to treat smart kids.
Today in penalizing nerdery and racial profiling, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to Irving MacArthur High, where he goes to school. Instead of congratulating him on something impressive that most 14-year-olds aren't capable of, his teachers called the police for fear that he was trying to build a bomb.Read More