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I'm Jenn. I like science stuff.

Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it














It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.


Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:


"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops

Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  


On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)


Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire


So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.


I’ve got image 




oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—


Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this


While dressed fabulously like this


Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt. 

I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE. 

Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.

Do yourself a favor and look up Ada Lovelace and realize you owe every single thing you’ve done on a computer in your entire life to her.

Admiral Grace Hopper as well—she invented the term “computer bug” after finding a moth in a Navy system.

Also, did you know the actress Hedy Lamar invented the technology that made wifi possible?


Warfarin  is an anticoagulant normally used in the prevention of thrombosis and thromboembolism, the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels and their migration elsewhere in the body respectively. It was initially introduced in 1948 as a pesticide against rats and mice and is still used for this purpose.  In the early 1950s, warfarin was found to be effective and relatively safe for preventing thrombosis and thromboembolism in many disorders. It was approved for use as a medication in 1954 and has remained popular ever since; warfarin is the most widely prescribed oral anticoagulant drug in North America.


The Flow II" film by Bose Collins and colleagues features a ferrofluid, a magnetically-sensitive liquid made up of a carrier fluid like oil and many tiny, ferrous nanoparticles. Although ferrofluids are known for many strange behaviors, their most distinctive one is the spiky appearance they take on when exposed to a constant magnetic field. This peak-and-valley structure is known as the normal-field instability. It’s the result of the fluid attempting to follow the magnetic field lines upward. Gravity and surface tension oppose this magnetic force, allowing the fluid to be drawn upward only so far until all three forces balance.  (Video credit: B. Collins et al.)


This is Pillomena…probably.

Land snails aren’t really my thing (meaning I don’t know much about them) but I’m quite fond of them; they’re diverse, easily found if you know where to look, and really quite lovely close up. This one is from Kallista in the Dandenong Ranges, on the outskirts of Melbourne. It belongs to the family Charopidae which is composed primarily of small species (this one is about 3-4 mm across) most commonly found in wet forest and rainforest habitats. Charopids are most diverse in New Zealand, on islands in the southwest Pacific and in Australia where there are around 75 described genera, hundreds of species, and many to be formally described.

Another of the myriad of Many Little Things.

“ When [science] permits us to see the far side of a new horizon, we remember those who paved the way, seeing for them also. ”

— Carl Sagan, from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (Episode Five, “Blues for a Red Planet,” originally broadcast October 26, 1980)


MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.”

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"The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes."

Nikola Tesla 




The Chemistry of Nutmeg, the hallucinogen in your kitchen’s spice rack. A look at the compounds that give it its hallucinogenic properties, and also some of the more unpleasant side effects:


Purkinje Cell is the predominant type of neuron in the cerebellum, and also the biggest neuronal cell in the human body. Its size is a reflection of the large amount of dendritic spines used to synapse with parallel neurons. In fact, a single Purkinje can have upwards of 200,000 spines in which to form a synapse.

They’re named after the Czech anatomist Jan Purkinje, who was one of the biggest scientific bad-asses of his day. In addition to describing the neurons, he also discovered the purkinje fibers that carry electrical impulses in your heart. While he’s remembered for his anatomical contributions, I like him for his more daring exploits of taking a bunch of substances and writing about the effects. And by substances I mean things like belladonna (or nightshade, for all you poison enthusiasts) to see what affects it had on eye sight, or nutmeg in which he hallucinated for several days (Nutmeg used to be frequently abused to get high or cause abortions back in the day. Remember that next time you enjoy some egg nog). He was the science superstar of his day. In fact, when people outside of Europe wrote him letters all they had to do in order to address it to him was put “Purkinje, Europe.”