None of this has been easy. Indeed, starting with college, hurdling obstacles has been a constant in her life. In the fall of 1970, William H. Wright, a professor of physics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, ushered freshman Marcia McNutt into his office with what she recalls as this observation: “You are here because you must have said something silly on your application about being a physics major. I’ve seen girls come and go in this department, but I’ve yet to see one graduate.” For perhaps the first time in her young life, McNutt was struck speechless. Class valedictorian at the all-girls Northrop Collegiate School in Minneapolis and with perfect SAT scores, she had chosen Colorado over Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, partly for its promise of closer contact with faculty … but not this sort of contact. “No one had ever told me I couldn’t do something,” she told me. “The one thought in my mind was, … [Read more...] about Science academy’s new president cleared many hurdles on way to the top
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Despite these challenges, Chisholm was quickly seduced by her team's discovery, suspecting that this simple, abundant organism might be a major player in marine ecology. But just as her relationship with Prochlorococcus was starting to flourish, Chisholm took a detour onto a more public stage, after receiving a call that, she says, "changed my life." Nancy Hopkins, an MIT cancer researcher she casually knew, felt that the school was discriminating against female faculty in lab space, pay, and support. Hopkins had written a letter calling for an investigation and wanted more backers. Chisholm had never considered herself a feminist or activist, but like all but one of the 17 other senior female faculty at the time, she signed on. "We were really upset that things were not changing for women," Chisholm recalls. … [Read more...] about Meet the obscure microbe that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution
While the point-of-care tests have benefits, they likely won't be a major factor in increasing overall testing rates, Kroll said. Abbott's test, for example, can run a sample in 5 minutes, but that's only one sample. Traditional PCR machines at central labs may take a few hours, but a machine can run large numbers of tests at a time. Many use standard 96-well plates, so they can run 96 samples at once. Thus, a point-of-care test might be able to provide quicker answers to individual patients, but they can]t handle the large numbers of tests needed to get a clearer picture of the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus testing is ramping up. Here are the new tests and how they work.
Batman turns 75 this month, so it's altogether appropriate that director Zack Snyder should rock the internet with his new take on the Caped Crusader and the iconic Batmobile. Ben Affleck looks every bit the brooding superhero in the new photo, and the Batmobile already promises to be the beast of a machine fans have been trained to expect since at least 1989. Still, 75 years is a long time, and Batman has had a particularly storied history on TV and in cinema — with plenty of hits and misses along the way. Taking a look back at just a handful of those classic looks should prepare us for what Snyder has in store for 2016. Now we only wonder what all the other superheroes in Batman vs. Superman will look like. … [Read more...] about See the evolution of Batman’s costume in film and TV
Now, as the Amazon stores' official site explains, the only shoppers that will get to do that are those who have active Prime subscriptions. All other shoppers will pay the list book price—which, of course, Amazon undercuts. A cursory check of the books I noticed at my first visit to the shop last year shows average discounts hovering around the 30 percent mark. Further cutting into the ability to offer a deal, Amazon Books does not offer bargain-bin sections where books are marked down due to age or other factors. … [Read more...] about Not Amazon Prime? That’ll cost you at Amazon’s physical bookstores