Melanie Meadors

Melanie R. Meadors is a science writer at The Once and Future Podcast, GeekMom, and at her own website, She also writes and edits fiction and role playing games. You can learn more about her at her website And if you like what she’s doing here, please support her Patreon at!

Bicycles for Women: Fashion, Freedom, and Function, Part 3

What were some of the cultural impacts of women and bicycles at the time? That's the subject of this concluding…

October 25, 2021

Bicycles for Women: Fashion, Freedom, and Function, Part 2

Bicycles were a big deal for women in the 1890s, but why? Was it just a fashion statement, or did…

October 18, 2021

Fashion, Freedom, and Function: Women and Bicycles, Part 1

This post is the first in my new series about women and bicycles at the turn of the twentieth century.…

October 13, 2021

Space Junk On the Rise: Cleaning Up Our Act

Since the dawn of space programs around the world, space junk has been steadily increasing. Find out why this is…

March 15, 2021

Mars Month: How NASA Picked the Perseverance Rover Landing Site

NASA had very clear mission objectives for Mars Perserverance. How did they find a site that fulfilled all of them?

July 31, 2020

Mars Month: Signs of Possible Life at Mars Perseverance Site

Scientists have found possible signs of ancient life at the Mars Perseverance landing site! What does this mean? Read on!

July 26, 2020

Mercury and Its Magnetic Field: More Than Meets the Eye

There is more to Mercury than meets the eye, and its secret lies in its magnetic field.

May 10, 2020

‘Archaeology From Space’: How Remote Sensing Helps

Archaeology from space? How can a subject we think of as very hands-on be done from thousands of miles away? 

May 3, 2020

Why Is the Sky Blue? Some Science You Can Understand

Why is the sky blue? Teachers and parents don't always have answers, but science whiz Melanie Meadors explains in a…

March 28, 2020

Betelgeuse: Dimming or Just Dusty? Astronomers Find Clues

Betelgeuse has been dimming over the past several months. Astronomers think they have uncovered the key to why.

March 20, 2020

Viruses as Weapons? Caltech Biologist Doesn’t Think So

Viruses have been used as weapons in movies and conspiracy theories for years, but is it plausible? A Caltech biologist…

March 18, 2020

Active Volcanoes on Venus? Scientists Find New Evidence!

Scientists think they have found evidence of active volcanoes on the planet Venus! Read on to find out why this…

March 15, 2020

‘How We’ll Live on Mars’: The Book that Inspired the TV Series

Check out this review of Stephen Petranek's book 'How We'll Live on Mars,' the inspiration behind Ron Howard's series 'Mars'…

March 5, 2020

The Scientific Method: It’s Not Just for High School!

How are scientists using the scientific method to solve the mystery of Enceladus's icy plumes? This tool isn't just for…

February 25, 2020

The Hunt for Extraterrestrial Life Focuses on Orange Dwarf Stars

Find out why "Goldilocks stars" are more likely to host planets with extraterrestrial life!

January 18, 2020

From Star Stuff to Life: ALMA’s Groundbreaking Discovery in Astronomy

As Carl Sagan famously said, "We're made of star stuff." Astronomers are now one step closer to understanding how.

January 15, 2020

Dust Towers on Mars: Have Scientists Solved the Water Mystery?

Where did all the surface water on Mars go? Scientists working with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter think the answer might…

January 11, 2020

Cold Water Fishery Resources: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

Last week Melanie Meadors took part in a volunteer program to test the water in a local cold water fishery…

July 13, 2019

Asteroid Day Is June 30th!

On June 30th, it will be Asteroid Day, an annual event celebrated by 192 countries around the world! Here are…

June 28, 2019

I Heart Zombies: A Guest Post by Koji Steven Sakai

Please welcome guest Koji Steven Sakai to the site! Koji is a screenwriter and author, as well as a comic…

May 6, 2019