Female Aerospace Pioneers

 “Flying is the best possible thing for women.” — Baroness Raymonde de la Roche Although men were the first aviators, women quickly took to the air as well.  Most early flight schools did not accept female students, but determined women learned from friends or paid for private lessons. Since the early 19th century, women have been making strides in the …

The Evolution of the Telescope

“My parents gave me a small telescope, then I built my own, and one thing led to another. So that’s how I ended up going from being a hobby astronomer to a professional astronomer.” – Dimitar Sasselov, Bulgarian astronomer based in the United States. He is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative. In …

The Evolution of Hydroponics

Did you know you can grow plants without soil? The method is called hydroponic, a Latin word that means working water.  Although historians believe that the ancient Babylonians worked with hydroponics through their hanging gardens, it was John Woodward, in 1699, who became the first documented scientist to successfully grow plants using hydroponics. John Woodward John Woodward was born in …