Coming Up Next Week…

Hello dear readers, Plebeian Science is taking a break this week. It's finals week at my university, and I need to focus on passing my exams. I've got something really exciting in the works for next week though, so check back next Sunday! Best, Anna

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Book Review: “Women in Science” by Rachel Ignotofsky

"Women in Science" by Rachel Ignotofsky is a delight to read. Educational, empowering, and beautifully illustrated, this book would make a great gift for scientists of any age and gender. The book features the accomplishments of 50 women who made contributions to the STEM fields. Household names like Rosalind Franklin and Jane Goodall get their …

Stem Cell Ethics

What makes stem cells special? Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that contain the potential to differentiate into a multitude of specialized types (like a brain cell, a muscle cell, or a red blood cell). Stem cells divide to replace damaged or worn out tissue throughout the body. This allows them to work …

Pesticides Found in Honey Worldwide

Honeybee numbers are declining worldwide, and a group of Swiss scientists wants to know why. They’ve spent the last few years collecting and testing samples from around the world, looking for answers within the chemical composition of honey. Their results are troubling: around 75% percent of the world’s honey is contaminated with pesticides (1). Specifically, …

Got Grit?

There’s a new predictor for life success out there, and it’s making quite a splash in the scientific community. Perhaps you’ve heard of it: it’s called grit. So what is grit, and more importantly, how do we get it? The first place I heard about grit was Angela Lee Duckworth’s (one of the scientists at the …