Women in Science
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin – born on this day in 1910 – is the only British woman to ever win a Nobel Prize in science. She was an expert X-ray crystallographer, who deduced the structure of vitamin B12, penicillin and the protein hormone, insulin. When Dorothy was admitted to study at the University of Oxford they were then imposing a quota on women such that they never exceed one in every four students. While this rule no longer applies, and society no longer expects women to give up their jobs to have a family, there are still few women in positions of scientific leadership. This short film introduces a jewellery heirloom scheme for women in science, run jointly by the Medical Research Council and University of the Arts, London. The aim of the scheme is to encourage women to pursue positions of power within the scientific realm.
Written by Brona McVittie
Printing a New Lease on Life
Just in case landing on another planet wasn’t cool enough for you today: Emma is two years old, and she was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis. It caused her to not be able to raise her arms above her head or move and play like a normal child. Thanks to a 3-D printed exoskeleton system called WREX, she can now do that.
The best part? If a piece breaks or needs adjustment as she grows, they can print a new one in no time at all. A heartwarming application of technology.
Previously: An amazing robotic exoskeleton that can help paraplegics walk.