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The Soapbox: I Know How To Get More Girls Interested In STEM Fields

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The race to find a silver bullet to solve the “Where are all the girls in science and engineering?” puzzle is fast and furious. And as someone who works to encourage and support women studying in science and engineering fields, I worry our efforts often end up pitting the “pink sparkly girls” against the “digging for worms on a rainy day” ones.

I was one of the girls digging for worms. Rainy days were awesome when I was a kid: I would throw a swimsuit under my play clothes and hit the street. My mom use to talk about her horror of finding me building a mud dam in the street, trying to keep the river of storm water from getting to the sewer system. (Of course, that is also one of my favorite memories from childhood.) For me, science has always had a hold on my brain and heart. From archeology to the space program, I loved it all. Okay, maybe not genetics. Fruit flies were sooooo boring. And with my gift to kill plants, botany was a huge failure for me. But as a biology major, I had to take it all. Keep reading »

Some Good News For Once: Apple Will Create More Racially Diverse Emojis

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You may have noticed by now that you can text a koala, the Mexican flag, sushi or a space alien, but when it comes to depictions of humans, iPhone emojis are not exactly racially diverse. Both Miley Cyrus and Tahj Mowry have mentioned the racial disparity, and MTV Act blogger Joey Parker recently wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook about making a change.

The vice president of Apple’s corporate communications gave Parker a response :

“Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms.  There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.” Keep reading »

You Can Actually Hire Someone To Live Tweet Your Wedding For $3,000

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In case simply posting wedding pics on Facebook isn’t enough — and these days, apparently that isn’t enough for most people — you can now have someone LiveTweet your wedding for the oh-so-reasonable fee of $3,000. “Just in time for wedding season,” W Hotels in New York City will offer up “social media wedding concierges” to manage all things digital on your special day. Keep reading »

Tech Conference Features Booth Babes In A Tee Pee, Because Of Course It Does

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  • Holy cultural appropriation, nerds! Last week, a tech company erected a teepee at a conference and hired models to dress in faux Native American garb while they hung around outside it. [Indian Country Today Media Network]
  • On the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. [NY Times Magazine]
  • Meet Dorothy Irene Height, a feminist and “godmother of the civil rights movement,” and today’s Google Doodle. [Washington Post]
  • The Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit tomorrow, in which the store argues they should not have to provide insurance coverage for birth control. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Are Millennials Really Having Less Sex?

Millennials, What's The Deal?

According to a recent UK study, definitely. It appears that British twentysomethings are banging less than prior generations did — but is that representative of the rest of the world’s millennials too? University College London conducted a National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (“Natsal”) and found all kinds of fascinating facts about Britain’s sex lives, which are highlighted in this nifty video. One of the more surprising results is the discovery that 16- to 44-year-olds’ sexcapades have decreased steadily throughout the past 20 years. It found that men were having sex an average of 4.9 times per month, and women, 4.8 times per month. This is compared to last decade’s figures of 6.3 and 6.2 times per month, respectively. Keep reading »

With Choupette Emojis, We Can All Speak Karl Lagerfeld

With Choupette Emojis, We Can All Speak Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s regal kitten/veritable princess is the perfect way to start or finish any text message conversation. If I could, most of my text message convos with my best friends would be pictures of Choupette. And now, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld’s new emojis app for iPhone and iPad called emotiKarl, you can “Karl-ify” any conversation about black gloves, private jets, or Paris. Or any conversation, really. The best part is that these emojis are FREE! Although I happilly would have paid 99 cents to contribute to the cost of Choupette’s personal maids. [iTunes]

Nipple.io App Keeps Detailed Information About Your Sex Partners

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Lindsay Lohan may keep track of her sexual conquests on paper, but in the 21st century, we can all use an app on our phone. It’s called Nipple.io and it’s a spreadsheet containing detailed information about all of your sex partners. All the fuck-data is collected on the main Nipple.io site (which, by the way, is so riddled with typos — they may speak the language of love, but English is not their first language), which also features a “Tiger Woods Award” for the most active users each week. It looks to me like this will go from beta to bust: not even bros are anal enough (no pun intended) to input every handjob and fingerbang. And unless your list has Heath Ledger and James Franco on it, like Lindsay’s does, who cares? [Nipple.io via Nerve] [Image of a sex app via Shutterstock]

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can’t Contain Myself

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can't Contain Myself

Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab have created a research site that quantifies the emotional content of GIFs, and they hope that one day soon it will enable them to translate Shakespeare into GIF-speak. Travis Rich and Kevin Hu launched GIFGIF on March 3, and it’s a whole lot of fun. It’s so much fun, in fact, that it’s attracted an average 15,000 users per day so far, who are each asked upon visiting the homepage to choose which of two GIFs better expresses a certain emotion. Keep reading »

Pole Dancing Robots Appear At Technology Trade Fair

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Robots On The Pole

Women in tech have got more to worry about than sexist attitudes and an abysmal dude-to-lady ratio: at a tech trade show in Germany on Sunday night, there were pole-dancing robots. The bots, which were designed by artist Giles Walker, rent out for $40,000 apiece.  Two of the bots shook their silicone tits at the CeBIT Expo on Sunday night at an event where the British and German Prime Ministers appeared, oddly enough. I support pole dancers, but even in robot form they aren’t appropriate entertainment for a tech event. Who thought there would be a way to sexualize women at random tech events in a way even worse than booth babes? [Fast Company]

Etsy Spotlight: 14 Cool & Cute Tablet Covers To Protect Your Precious E-Reader

Jessica is turning 30 next week and her husband is gifting her with a Kindle Paperwhite, which really is the perfect gift for a book nerd like her. Naturally, she’s in the market for a cute cover/sleeve/case, so I volunteered to peruse Etsy for her and any other tablet owners who want their gadgets to be protected and well-dressed.

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