What does STEM really mean, anyway?

What does STEM really mean, anyway? Mumu and I keep trying to answer this question as we talk to more women and record more episodes. Directly translated, STEM is just an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but it has so much weight in social conversations now and those four words leave out so […]

The Amazon Jungle: Drones and the FAA

Last summer Amazon made headlines with Prime Air, their prototype for a 30-minute delivery system using unmanned aerial vehicles. You can check out their concept video below. Just yesterday, the FAA granted Amazon an experimental airworthiness certificate to begin research and development of their delivery systems. So we’ll have drone delivery next week, right? Uhh … […]

Launch Day Nerves

You don’t know how stressful launch days are until you live through one … or in my case, three.  Hundreds of us met before dawn on a golf course near Vandenberg Air Force Base and waited with anticipation as our satellite, SMAP, sat on the launch pad.  We were nervous and excited and hopeful. But […]

Episode 2: A (2020) Space Odyssey

Happy Tuesday, Scopers! We’re very excited to finally share episode two, A (2020) Space Odyssey. Today’s guest is Elizabeth Cordoba, an aerospace engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She joins us for a discussion on the Mars2020 mission, satellite launches, and Matt Damon. Give it a listen, and let us know what you think.

We were just talking about that … hotel robots

I don’t know how many times I have seen a news headline or a story and said: “I was just talking about that idea!” Well, here we go again. As you might have guessed, we record our podcast episodes a few weeks in advance and in one of our future episodes we go off tangent … […]

#NoCeilings: International Women’s Day

My mother once told me that she refused to get a sonogram when she was pregnant with me. This was back in China in the mid-1980s, only a few years after the one-child policy had been implemented. She said that if friends and family knew I was a girl, they might try to convince her to get […]

A project six years in the making

A lot of my conversations with Lindsay involve me complaining. Either about the weather, or the spotty wifi in my office, or how I’m convinced Lifehacker is reading my mind. (I search for something and 24 hours later a post appears on their website on that exact topic. You try explaining that!) Anyway, my latest […]

#TheDress: Love it or hate it – we’re talking science

OK, I admit it.  We had the obligatory argument in the office over #TheDress. (I’m team #WhiteandGold) And here we are, four days later, still arguing over it. I don’t really care about the dress or most flash-in-the-pan social media events. But what I do care about is that for the last few days, all sorts […]

Picture of the Day: Engineering Design Challenge

There’s method to my madness. The University of Maryland had their annual Alumni Cup Competition. Each engineering department is given one week to complete a design challenge. This year’s theme was “How many engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”           The chemical engineers wore lab coats and goggles. […]

Picture of the Day – Growing Deltas in Atchafalaya Bay

Nature produces some pretty impressive things all on its own. This image of deltas in Atchafalaya Bay is stunning in its colors and what it symbolizes. Here’s the backstory on this vibrant wetland from NASA/Earth Observatory: The delta plain of the Mississippi River is disappearing. The lobe-shaped arc of coastal land from the Chandeleur Islands in […]