The Woman Who Created Mars Mosaics The Hard Way

We are spoiled rotten by easy access to georeferenced Martian photography, but mosaics weren't always that easy. In the days before computer processing and seamless stitching, mosaics were constructed by Patricia "Patsy" Conklin and people like her. » 4/09/14 4:37pm 4/09/14 4:37pm

The Insane History of Rockets at Jet Propulsion Laboratories

Everyone loves a gorgeous rocket launch, but the story of getting from the first sputtering attempts to the modern day marvels is completely unreal. The Jet Propulsion Laboratories took it up a notch, giving mad scientists their epic reputation. » 3/29/14 3:21pm 3/29/14 3:21pm

What kind of armor did Medieval women really wear?

We know that skimpy armor that shows off a woman's cleavage is rather impractical for combat and that sculpted "boob plate" armor can be a hazard to your health, but on occasions that women did don armor in medieval Europe, what kind of armor did they actually wear? And is shapely, feminine armor a modern convention, or… » 1/16/14 11:00am 1/16/14 11:00am

The Ladies' Deposit: Created by Women for Ripping Off Women

Although the 2008 exposure of the financial misdeeds of Bernie Madoff allowed Ponzi scheme to enter the day to day vernacular, these schemes are not at all a new creation. Ponzi schemes pay off initial investors using money from new investors, relying on a constant cycle of recruitment in order to prevent the ruse from … » 6/09/12 8:00am 6/09/12 8:00am

Why is everybody obsessed with Snow White right now?

Everybody wants a piece of Snow White this year. We've got two movies that retell the iconic fairy tale this season — Mirror, Mirror (released last week) and Snow White and the Huntsman (coming in June). Hit TV series Once Upon a Time centers on an updated version of the Snow White story. Another TV series, based on a … » 4/06/12 8:25am 4/06/12 8:25am

"The Women of The Future," according to 1902 French trading cards

In 1902, a French trading card manufacturer released this curious batch of playing cards depicting women and their futuristic careers as soldiers, lawyers, journalists, and cigarette-chomping students. But because these cards were designed to titillate, many of these outfits aren't entirely practical — note the… » 3/08/12 10:05am 3/08/12 10:05am

What do reproductive rights have to do with careers in science?

Over at American Scientist, Wendy M. Williams and Stephen J. Ceci describe the extreme gender imbalance in scientific careers in America, where women hold, on average, only 4.4 to 12.4 percent of full professorships in scientific fields. This imbalance is not nearly as marked in Europe and Asia. What's keeping American … » 3/06/12 4:30pm 3/06/12 4:30pm

How The Twilight Crowd Saved Lovely Bones, And Can Save Hollywood

After taking plenty of hits from critics and facing a dismal soft opening, Lovely Bones ramped up its ticket sales by playing to a new crowd: tween and teen girls. Will this spark an insurgence of thoughtful supernatural women-targeted films? » 1/19/10 11:00am 1/19/10 11:00am

"Kicking And Screaming For Science Fiction" Did No Good, On Publishers…

What do women authors and science-fiction writers have in common? A notable absence on Publishers Weekly's list of the ten best books of the year. PW apologized proactively for the omission, saying "We wanted the list to reflect what we thought were the top 10 books of the year with no other consideration....We ignored… » 11/13/09 6:30am 11/13/09 6:30am

The Emerald-Skinned Women Who Make the Universe a Greener Place

Click to viewThe most recent Star Trek trailer briefly featured a particular species of green-skinned female known for their seductive powers. Green women are a force to be reckoned with in science fiction, and they range from pint-sized invaders to powerful warriors and cunning schemers. We list the green-skinned… » 11/28/08 2:00pm 11/28/08 2:00pm