Maryam Mirzakhani was a brilliant Iranian-born mathematician and Stanford Professor who twice won the Gold Medal Level at the International Mathematics Olympiad. In 2014 she became the 1st and only woman to win the Fields Medal (considered the Nobel Prize for Mathematics).
Historically, fireworks have been made by chemicals that produce great colors, but were sometimes not friendly to the environment. But today, chemists are working to improve the colors, safety and environmental friendliness of those sparklers in the sky!
There is strong evidence that getting a good night's sleep is important for many functions in the body. Recent research even supports the idea that your brain 'learns new things' while you are asleep.
An ancient insect trapped in amber was recently determined to be a member of a new scientific order of bug species. A major distinguishing feature of the bug is the unique orientation of its triangular head. Image credit: George Poinar/Oregon State University