BY Fatimah Hameed
on Oct 22, 2013
The lacktivism debate has been raging for years with advocates promoting health benefits of breast milk. Even the fact that the naturally produced breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert of human babies is being bought and sold in an ulterior Internet economy is nothing new, but a study released October 21st has health officials worried about the sanitation risks.
Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study examined 101 samples of breast milk bought online from two popular websites and discovered high bacterial levels in about 75% of them. Read More
LEGO has produced many scientist figurines in the past, but alas, they are most often stereotypical stock figures: they have unkept hair, broken glasses, and look completely crazed. They are also mostly male, and while there have been lady LEGO scientists, they seem to be scientists in name only, never wearing a snazzy professional outfit or having a special area of expertise.
On this historic day, the toy company has finally given the kids (and adults!) what they want: a super smart female scientist. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 07, 2013
Last summer, when Republican candidate Todd Akin was quoted saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he was, thankfully enough, met with incredulous public outrage. (Update: he regrets his foolish words!) However – as abhorrent as Akin’s comments are – they do reveal society’s general misunderstanding of how the human body, the brain, sexual assault, and arousal are scientifically interconnected. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 08, 2012
Vanderbilt psychologists have recently found that women are better than men at recognizing living things, and men are better than women at recognizing vehicles.
The psychologists didn’t set out to study sex differences: the discovery was the surprising result of an analysis of a series of visual recognition tasks collected in the process of developing a new standard test for expertise in object recognition. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 02, 2012
We’re loving these minimalist posters created by Hydrogene, posted on Flavorwire, dedicated to famous female scientists!
First up is Jane Goodall, the British primatologist, anthropologist, and ethologist who’s known for her 45-year-long in-depth studies of chimps and her work with animal welfare and environmental conservation.
There’s also Grace Hopper, a famous computer scientist who worked on some of the world’s first computers. She was also an Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Read More