As annoying as the characterization of women as sex objects in Fifty Shades of Grey may be, perhaps my friends have an excuse for enjoying it. A biological excuse. According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, our brains may recognize men and women differently. Specifically, they register females as body parts more easily than males.
It's not just the male brain, either. Read More
The passing of Sally Ride (61) yesterday prompted many to remember and celebrate her influence. The first American woman in space in 1983, Ride took her role as a role model to young women seriously, creating the Sally Ride Science foundation in 2001. The program reaches out to boys and girls to interest them in the areas of math and science, fields that fascinated a young Sally enough to make her pursue a career in physics. She died a celebrated physicist and cosmonaut.
Sally made her history-changing trip to space in 1983 on the United States Challenger. Read More
BY Intern Ariana
on Jul 11, 2012
50 Shades of Grey. It’s everywhere, including (probably) on your mom's bedside table. And while everyone is talking about the series and hungrily flipping through its pages, they’re usually trying to figure one thing out: what does hunky perv Christian Grey look like?
Well, apparently UK scientists have a lot of time on their hands and love BDSM, because they’re plagued by the same question. And one scientist has come up with the answer.
Yep, that’s the face of Mr. Grey, according to Dr. Faye Skelton of University of Central Lancashire. Dr. Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jun 28, 2012
Just a few days ago, the BUST blog reported on the huge fail of a campaign that the European Commission launched in a somewhat laughable attempt to “overturn clichés” related to women and science. Now a recent series on the Txchnologist blog reminds us that, though there definitely aren’t enough women in science at the moment, women have done amazing things to help move our world forward for centuries. And Txchnologist somehow manages to convey the message all in a totally inoffensive (and lipstick-free) manner! Take note European Commission. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 29, 2012
I’ve always been fascinated by outer space. It’s so easy to feel small and almost lost in the vastness of the universe when you stop and think about just how big it really is. (Although I’m reminded of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote that advises otherwise: “I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” But I digress. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on Mar 14, 2012
For of you who don’t know, today is Pi Day – the holiday celebrating the mathematical constant π (fun fact: it’s also the birthday of Albert Einstein!).
Pi Day is celebrated a number of ways across the United States: discussions on the relevance of π, festivities honoring Einstein, and my personal favorite, excessive consumption of pie. Read More
BY Intern Chrislande
on Jan 31, 2012
Bjork makes me believe in music. Since my first listen of Venus as a Boy, I have been entranced by what she can do with her voice, ingeniously combining it with unconventional instruments, sounds and collaborators. The genius mega-artist has released her eighth album, Biophilia, to breach the gap between nature, science, technology, and music. Not only does Biophilia feature Tesla coil instruments, it is accompanied by an education program for middle schoolers that explores the ties between music and science. Read More
Apparently no one really knows why women seem to have a harder time getting into the mathematical and scientific fields-- but University of Missouri researcher David Geary and his University of Leeds colleague Gijsbert Stoet want to find out. The University of Missouri reports that they're trying to get to understand the gender gap-- and correct it for the future. Read More
BY shannon carlin
on Nov 04, 2011
How are you feeling? A recent study revealed that 53 percent of women say their overall health is in poor shape, so it might be safe to assume you're not feeling so hot.
A study called A Fragile Nation in Poor Health conducted by the health communications firm TeleVox, recently polled 1,015 American across the country about how they feel about their health. More than half of the women polled say they feel unhealthy and one in five nationwide say they are struggling to be healthy. Read More
BY Intern Candice
on Oct 28, 2011
The weather is getting colder and the ultimate cuddle buddy is primed for its comeback: a book! Sometimes, a girl wants one to stretch the horizons of her brain (and not just her heartstrings--I'm talking about you Harper Collins Romance!), so it's great that books like New Art/Science Affinities exist.
The book, co-published by Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, is 190 pages of contemporary art focusing on artists that blend the lines of art, science, and technology. Read More