Why does the space shuttle returning to Earth cause two separate sonic booms?
By Kevin Pitts
May 8, 2012
When you think of the future, it's easy to be pessimistic. Our world faces enormous challenges in areas of energy, the environment, public health and the economy. At the same time, we don't seem to have the political will to make serious investments in the science and technology necessary to solve these problems. Is there anything to be optimistic about?
Yes, there's this. (Thanks to Arlene Modeste-Knowles for pointing this video!)
Some of the most talented scientists in the history of mankind never became scientists because they were female, and science wasn't supposed to be a career for girls. This month, as students graduate from college, only 1 in 5 students earning a bachelor's degree in physics or engineering will be female.
We can do better. We must do better. How can we leave an enormous pool of talent untapped at a time when we need every smart kid we can get into careers in science, engineering and technology? The same is true for minority students.
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