science is sexy

This Geologist Was So #DistractinglySexy She Was Forced to Sit Behind A Screen

AAUW member Florence Bascom (1862-1945) was the first woman admitted to graduate school at johnshopkinsuniversity. Once there, she was forced to sit behind a screen so as not to “disrupt” male students.

Bascom went on to become to first U.S. woman to receive a doctorate in #geology and the first woman officer of the United States Geological Survey. She also established the geology department at brynmawrcollegeadmissions, which turned out more women geologists in the early 20th century than any other U.S. institution. 

Read more:


Sexy shrimp (Thor amboinensis)

The sexy shrimp (and yes, this is really its common name and not a hoax!), is a species of shrimp found across the Indo-West Pacific and in parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It lives symbiotically on corals, sea anemones and other marine invertebrates in shallow reef communities. It can grow to a length of about 13 mm.

photo credits: Nhobgood, aquariumdomain, nano-reef, Vedran Braun



Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

Purple Fluorite in a rather uncommon crystal form - trigonal trisoctahedron. These crystals were found growing on quartz coated breccia, some with association of calcite crystals.

James K. C. Huang’s Photo