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Science Heroes

We love highlighting scientists you may not have heard of, often with a gorgeous illustration by cartoonist and neuroscientist Matteo Farinella. We even developed a deck of cards to celebrate great, under-appreciated figures from the annals of science. You can order our tarot deck in the Massive Science Shop.

Meet Lynnae Quick, NASA's hunter of space cryomagma

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Only the fifth African American woman with a planetary sciences PhD, she's on the team hoping to first see Europa's geysers

Maryam Zaringhalam, Molecular Biology

Meet Alice Wilson, the Canadian geologist who did the work of five people

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Arianna Soldati, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat Munchen

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Rear Admiral Amazing Grace Hopper taught computers English

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She recorded the first computer bug when a moth got caught in a relay switch

Alyssa Shepard, The Scripps Research Institute

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Meet Maria Mitchell, the first American to discover a comet

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She imagined what potential there would be if women were allowed to pursue something they were passionate about

Laetitia Meyrueix, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Meet Mary Golda Ross, one of the first Native Americans in engineering

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Much of her Cold War work on missiles is still classified today

Jenny Howard, Wake Forest University

Five facts about Rita Levi-Montalcini, who figured out how neurons grow

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She bested anti-Semitism and sexism to have a Nobel-winning career

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, McGill University