science

A Sneak Peek at New Parody Book "Science... For Her!"

When I got a copy of Megan Amram’s new book Science… for Her!, I decided to run a little experiment.  Read more »

If Google Wants to Get Girls into Coding, It Needs to Think Beyond Pink and Purple

  In June, Google revealed that its next innovation needs to be a way to promote gender equity: women hold only 17 percent of the company’s technology positions. According to Google, the... Read more »

How "The Big Bang Theory" Represents Women in Science

The Big Bang Theory is currently the most popular TV show on Thursday nights—and it’s the only sitcom that tosses Schrödinger’s Cat into casual conversation. During its seven seasons, the show has grown from revolving around the tired tribulations of geek boys trying to get... Read more »

Five Female Scientists Who Are Missing from the New "Cosmos"

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is great as the host of the new Cosmos series—but the documentary is lacking female scientists. Over the past two months, I’ve been watching the new ... Read more »

Dissecting "Sweetening the Pill," a Completely Frustrating New Book on Birth Control

Historically, the birth control pill is revolutionary. Today, it’s nearly mundane. In the 50 years since its approval, the Pill has radically changed contraception, placing it directly in the hands of women, changing the way they plan their lives, the way conduct their relationships, and—of... Read more »

My Summer With Agent Scully

Dana Scully portrait by the talented Hey Monster The summer between sixth and seventh grade was a long one. I was super gawky—already six feet tall, equally passionate about science and musical theater, with pants... Read more »

Punk Rock and String Theory: An Interview with New YA Author Kari Luna

Kari Luna’s debut young adult novel, The Theory of Everything, is a bright, shiny antidote to the dystopias and vampire love stories that dominate today... Read more »

In Praise of Jurassic Park's Dr. Ellie Sattler

So I saw Jurassic Park 3-D last night. I know. It was $17. That’s ridiculous. But if there’s one movie from my childhood worth revisiting on the big, three-dimensional screen, it’s Jurassic Park. This was actually the very first movie I remember... Read more »

Six Tips From Women Working Male-Dominated Engineering Fields

One of my greatest high school regrets is that I never took an auto shop class. I would have had a chance to learn some practical skills like changing oil and changing a tire. At the time, I doubt it fit into my schedule, but entering a class of mostly boys scared me as well. It’s not that I... Read more »

Lady Liquor: The Racial Implications of the “Disease” Model of Alcoholism

Genetic explanations for alcoholism tend to reinforce preexisting stereotypes about race. Read more »

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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