Happy Birthday Sally Ride! First American Woman in #Space

The google doodle today celebrates the 64th birthday of American astronaut and physicist, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.  From wikipedia:

Ride joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have travelled to space, having done so at the age of 32.[1][2] After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years atStanford University‘s Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both.

Or watch this mini “behind the doodle” sketch:

As a small girl obsessed with space, Sally Ride was a huge inspiration and role model for me, so I’m very excited that google is remembering her today!

Calling all young explorers, researchers, SCIENTISTS, and builders of the world! #Science #GSF2015

What will you try? Announcing the Google Science Fair 2015!

For more details about prizes, the judges, and how to enter, visit www.googlesciencefair.com.

Amazing one year time-lapse from @googlescifair!! #Science

Super cool one year time-lapse tweeted by Google Science Fair (@googlescifair). The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.

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Happy Birthday Annie Jump Cannon

In case you haven’t checked out the google homepage, they are making a tribute to Annie Jump Cannon, whose birthday is today.

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Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. She was the first to attempt to organize/classify stars based on temperature

Autism Speaks + Google = 10,000 genomes database #AUT10K #innovation


Autism Speaks and Google are teaming up to use the ‘Google Cloud Platform’ to create a library of 10,000 genomes of people with autism and their families members. The Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K) will create a database of 10,000 genomes, which will use the Google Cloud for ‘storage, processing, and exploration.’ Very exciting indeed!

The collaboration promises to advance breakthroughs in the understanding, diagnosis, subtyping and personalized treatment of autism, says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring. “The AUT10K program holds the potential to radically transform our understanding of autism and redefine the future of medical care for those affected by the disorder,” he explains. “Working with Google is a game-changer in this story.”


However, the vastly larger amount of data collected by AUT10K creates unique challenges for storage, analysis and remote access. Previously, the transport of genomic information involved physically shipping hard drives. Downloading even one individual’s whole genome in a conventional manner could take hours, the equivalent of downloading a hundred feature films.


The cutting-edge capabilities of the Google Cloud can overcome these limits, Dr. Ring says. “Connecting biological discoveries with the best in large-scale cloud storage and computation will advance not only autism research but the entire field of genomic medicine,” he says.

How Google Maps tracks traffic


OK so this is more related to technology than science (but science is the root of all technology, so it’s ok).  Ever wonder how Google Maps can track traffic?  You know, when you’re on the app, and you see one road is “red” it means that there is heavy traffic…How does it do it?

It’s pretty clever… and really cool.  Check it out!! 

Sure, there are some “big brother” issues going on here, but one goal is for this type of information to help travelers actually reroute their trips AS THEY ARE DRIVING to avoid traffic.