International Day of the Girl is celebrated in October and celebrates and highlights opportunities for girls across the globe. Over 47% of the workforce is women, and we all need to be celebrated! Women in STEM fields should be particularly celebrated, as they are underrepresented and often face discrimination working in STEM fields. Teza technologies has provided CauseScience with the infographic below to draw attention to women in STEM fields during the month of October, take a look!
Tomorrow NASA will run a static test on the new rocket SLS booster. More information on the test and link to live feed here. The test will be at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 11, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.
Check out this awesome interactive map of the bacteria in New York City’s subway system (from the Wall Street Journal)!! The map is one of the results of a huge project looking at bacteria and other germs and microbiology in the City’s transit system! Above I took a screenshot of the map for the subway station next to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital at 168th St, including 108 bacteria that can cause all sorts of problems – including antibiotic resistant bacteria! This is a super fun tool…. unless you’re a germaphobe, in which case it is horrifying
Every day, New York City’s 5.5 million commuters seed the city subways with bacteria from the food they eat, the pets or plants they keep, and their shoes, sneezes and unwashed hands.
For the first time, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College sampled DNA in New York City’s 466 open subway stations. They found genetic material from 15,152 different species, most of them harmless or unidentified. Almost half the DNA belonged to bacteria. No two subway stations were exactly the same, and the research continues.
So far, the scientists have identified 67 bacteria species associated with disease and infections. Here are details on a few of the bacteria found.
Check out this awesome temperature infographic from BBC!!
A billion degrees of separation.
How cold can it get on Earth? How hot can hot truly get? And, perhaps more importantly, what’s the ideal temperature a hazelnut souffle should be cooked at?
Check out this awesome GIF (credit: CauseScience) of Wired.com’s Science Graphic of the Week. The GIF is of a video published in Geophysical Research Letters and shows 3 days of ‘weather’ in the E-layer of the ionosphere, 70 miles up. Check out the Wired.com post for more info here. The video is posted to youtube here, and shows ionospheric gravity waves simulated using NCAR’s Wyoming Super-Computer.
When the Earth’s surface roils with stormy weather, it causes the upper atmosphere to ripple like a breezy pond. Scientists only recently connected the two systems, and a new supercomputer-powered simulation broadens their understanding of how thunderstorms, jet streams, and cyclones affect weather at the edge of space.
From the CDC website here.
Europa: Ocean World
Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions.
If you aren’t aware of the crazy evolution of plants that are used in agriculture, now you have no excuse not to. Fellow wordpress blogger James Kennedy, a chemistry teacher in Australia, has crafted amazing infographics comparing modern-day watermelons and sweet corn to their ancient fore-fathers. The differences over time are astonishing. I first saw the James Kennedy blog featured in this vox.com article.
James Kennedy is certainly not a one trick pony. He has also created amazing infographics listing the chemical ingredients of all-natural fruit (the graphic for strawberries is below). These graphics are super informative, eye-opening, and perhaps have some agenda, left open for interpretation! Definitely check out the James Kennedy blog, the infographics, and all of his terrific posts.