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Mad Quickies: Scientist Somerville, NASA Women, Lego NASA Women, Kamala Fan Film, Boland Billboards and More!

Good day, my fellow seekers of truth. I’ve got some wonderful treats for you on this fine, fine International Women’s Day. Let’s start with THIS amazing fact…

Meet Mary Somerville: The Brilliant Woman for Whom the Word “Scientist” Was Coined. Yes! It was! “Scientist” was originally used to describe Somerville’s ability to “synthesize separate fields into a single discipline” … as a woman.

Vogue’s story Onward and Upward celebrates the women of NASA. Holy WOW these women and these pictures!

And speaking of which, five women of NASA are to be immortalized — in Lego form. The launch date is later this year.

ICYMI the first time around: For ten bucks you can get the gloriously illustrated hardcover book “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky.

Jennifer Boland created billboards that advertise the California landscape. Very meta.

K is for kaons, with quarks that are strange. L is for leptons, which have a wide range… “The ABCs of Particle Physics” is a super cool book for everyone. by Lauren Biron and Chris Smith. Via Billy Flynn

WHAT IS THIS ANALYTIC VOODOO? It’s a visualization of 1000 recent nodes in the #SciArt Tweet Storm, from @Netlytic.

Fraley’s Robot Repair is retrofuturistic art installation in the Pittsburgh Airport.


Kamala Khan fan film
Via Jim T. whose favorite line wasn’t even used:
“Good isn’t something you are. It’s something you do.”

from the page
Kamala is a no budget fan film produced by Anita Kalathara & Landis Aponte about Kamala Khan, a relatable Pakistani American teenager who also happens to be Marvel Comics’ first Muslim Superhero!


Featured image is of Barbara L. Brown, chief of the Strategic Implementation Office in the Space Center’s Exploration Research and Technology Program. Photographed for Vogue by Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos.



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