The state of women in science in the Western world may be less than encouraging, but there's cause for a little celebration elsewhere: 45-year-old rocket scientist Tessy Thomas has just been named project director for an "advanced version" of a medium-range missile defense system in India's Defence Research and Development Organisation, the first for a female in the country. The married mother of one says that when she joined the organization, there were only four to five women. "Now there are about 20-30 women in a lab of 250 scientists. It is a good improvement." [Times of India, UPI]