USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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His invention improved Edison’s electric light bulb, and he executed the patent drawing for Bell’s telephone. Get to know this creative genius! With his mind frequently in motion as a child, Lewis Howard Latimer — born in 1848 in Chelsea, Massachusetts — loved drawing at an early age and found himself doodling no matter where…

Most famous for inventing Clinistix® — the “dip-and-read” test that for the first time allowed diabetics to monitor their blood glucose level instantly at home. Her contributions to laboratory science have even been recognized on the show, Jeopardy! PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY Helen Murray Free first wanted to be an…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send Us Your Opinion Today:  Have you ever been inspired to greatness in scientific invention at the age of 12 like Rachel? Let us know what you think about her achievement!) Rachel Zimmerman undoubtedly had her teacher’s inspiring “Go for it” advice in mind when she,…

Molly Stevens — Materials scientist Internationally known for her work in nanotechnology to regenerate bone and tissue growth, and to design bioactive materials for early detection of disease  Nanotechnology (the science of manipulating matter at the atomic or molecular level, especially to build microscopic materials) has the potential to transform key areas of science and…

Gregorio Zara — Filipino physicist and aeronautical engineer Creator of the first videophone ( a forerunner of such video telecommunication applications as Skype, Webcam and videoconferencing) and discoverer of the physical law known as the “Zara Effect.” PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! Back in the 1950’s, the videophone — a telephone…

Carlos Juan Finlay — Cuban physician He was the first to theorize that the deadly yellow fever virus was transmitted through the bite of one species of mosquito, however it would take years before his theory would be deemed correct. We know today that yellow fever — which is most common in Latin America and…

Ada Byron (later Countes of Lovelace) — British mathematician The daughter of poet Lord Byron, her key collaborations in the 1880’s with British inventor Charles Babbage led to the earliest computer; she is considered the first computer programmer. Born Augusta Ada Byron in London in 1815,  Ada Byron (who would also later be known as…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send us your opinion today: Think of the various ways you can combine your hobbies and other interests into a  possible career in science! Stephanie merged her love of chemistry with her penchant for textiles and fabrics — resulting in a life-saving invention!  Tell us what…

Meat production stinks.  And I’m not referring to worries about bacterial contamination.  I mean it literally stinks.  Here’s the story.  Hold your nose. We crave meat.  To satisfy our hunger Canadian feedlots ready some three and a half million cattle for slaughter every year.  And those cattle produce more than meat.  A single steer can…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send Us Your Comment: Dan Lipinski, one of only a few engineers in Congress, is responsible for bringing nanotech advocacy to the House!  What do you think of the role he’s playing?) Born in Chicago into a political family, Congressman Dan Lipinski (who represents the 3rd…