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Melinda Gates' advice to girls: 'Use your voice and you can affect change'

Melinda Gates' advice to girls: 'Use your voice and you can affect change'

Gates urges women to keep striving for leadership roles, and for women to look into past successes in certain industries and apply those lessons into new sectors such as STEM.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/24/opinions/melinda-gates-no-ceilings/index.html

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Panel offers advice on how to combat climate-change "neoskepticism"

Panel offers advice on how to combat climate-change "neoskepticism"

There are three types of people: those who believe in climate change, those who don't, and those who believe climate change is an unchangeable phenomenon. This last group represents the "neoskeptic," who think that no matter how much money is spent on combating climate change, there will be no change given the lack of hard, scientific evidence. A small group of researchers wrote a paper detailing their fears with neoskepticism, believing that the feelings contribute to a slippery slope from which climate change can only exacerbate.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-panel-advice-combat-neoskepticism-climate.html

Image Source: By Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

More Women Are Starting Companies From The Ground Up, Literally

More Women Are Starting Companies From The Ground Up, Literally

In the last half-century, new food concepts such as vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and a slew of others have gained major ground among Americans consumers. Consequently, this means that more farms have been dedicated to these special food classes, and women are actively involved in companies that ease the difficulties of raising food for each category. Women account for 30 percent of farm operators, bucking the stereotype of old, white men on tractors and a hayseed between his teeth.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/eveturowpaul/2016/08/11/more-women-starting-companies-from-the-ground-up-literally/#13f1b794730e

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Sleep deprivation hits some brain areas hard

Sleep deprivation hits some brain areas hard

Here's an article everybody can relate to. After 42 hours of no sleep, 33 young adults under observation at Belgium's University of Liege were found to have significantly decreased problem solving and concentration. Other areas of the brain went relatively unaffected. All of the test subjects had their brain scanned and opened up even more questions about sleep, such as why some humans need more sleep than others.

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sleep-deprivation-hits-some-brain-areas-hard?tgt=nr

Tests Show Tesla Autopilot Sensors Can be Fooled in Certain Scenarios

Tests Show Tesla Autopilot Sensors Can be Fooled in Certain Scenarios

More bad news for Tesla. A team of hackers, in an attempt to prove the car's security, was able to reach the autopilot feature and trick the car into an altered moving pattern. Granted, this was only a test performed by professionals with expensive equipment, but the very possibility of a cyberattack on someone's car is concerning.

Source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/tests-show-tesla-autopilot-sensors-can-be-fooled-in-certain-scenarios/ar-BBvr5Uf?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=DELLDHP

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Female Leadership: The Glass Ceiling Is Cracked, Not Broken

Female Leadership: The Glass Ceiling Is Cracked, Not Broken

The political sphere has been infiltrated by women. Theresa May has replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister of the UK, and Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate endorsed by a major political party in the United States. Yet, women holding major roles in the business and STEM worlds are still quite rare. After centuries of struggles for women to achieve the same roles as men, equality between the genders is closer than ever, but there is still more work to be done.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amyjadesimi/2016/08/08/female-leadership-the-glass-ceiling-is-cracked-not-broken/#5b865b7a1c2c

App Store to reach 5 million apps by 2020, with games leading the way

App Store to reach 5 million apps by 2020, with games leading the way

Thanks to the unending creativity of developers, the number of apps will jump up to 5 million available for purchase in Apple's App Store. While the amount of applications users have on their phones has decreased to a select few, both developers and Apple alike are hoping to encourage users to find new apps with an improved search program.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/10/app-store-to-reach-5-million-apps-by-2020-with-games-leading-the-way/

Ancient reptiles saw red before turning red

Ancient reptiles saw red before turning red

Birds and turtles, two animals that seem unrelated, actually have a shared gene allowing them to see more shades of red than humans can see. This means that birds and turtles have the same 250 million year old ancestor. Even cooler, because birds descended from dinosaurs, there is a strong possibility that dinosaurs also viewed the world in red!

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-reptiles-saw-red-turning-red

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Using a deep neural network approach to identify sarcasm

Using a deep neural network approach to identify sarcasm

Computers are just horrible at recognizing sarcasm. No, seriously it's true. Edgy phrases that are clearly made in jest cannot be identified by artificial intelligence yet. A team headed by Silvio Amir at the University of Lisbon, Portugal by using a page's tweet history on Twitter, and marking which posts aren't made seriously. The algorithm by Amir's team can discern sarcasm correctly 87 percent of the time. That's only a B+; I'm not impressed. Actually, I am, because it's another large step for artificial intelligence and its interactions with humans.

Source: https://techxplore.com/news/2016-08-deep-neural-network-approach-sarcasm.html

Rats offer clues to biology of alcoholism

Rats offer clues to biology of alcoholism

Here's an interesting theory: Alcoholism is a genetic trait.

After decades of breeding rats into two categories, drinkers and non-drinkers, found that 930 genes differed between the same breed of rats over the many years. While the new genes are not necessarily proven to promote an addiction to alcohol, the fact that there is such a variation is noteworthy.

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rats-offer-clues-biology-alcoholism?tgt=nr

Two rare blue lobsters caught in Canada

Two rare blue lobsters caught in Canada

If blue lobsters are so rare, how did fisherman find two?

Blue lobsters occur in 1 out of every 2 million lobsters due to high amounts of protein that produce a bluish tint. I've actually seen a blue lobster myself at an aquarium, and it's like seeing a shiny Pokémon. The unique lobsters were released back into the Canadian waters were they were found.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/24/world/blue-lobsters-nova-scotia/index.html

Image Source: By Jane Carter (Jane Carter) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

App lets visually impaired in India hear books in their native language

App lets visually impaired in India hear books in their native language

Social Impact projects are heartwarming because those who are in need directly benefit. An app called Hear2Read developed at Carnegie Mellon translates books of one language into audio books of another to assist blind readers. The app currently knows Tamil (an Indian and Sri Lankan language) and is slated to learn a slew of others in a year's time.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/04/app-lets-visually-impaired-in-india-hear-books-in-their-native-language/

Closing the Gender Data Gap

Closing the Gender Data Gap

In many third world countries, their data on humans in insufficient; so insufficient that some population data doesn't even include women! Even if a woman works and provides income for a household, because she isn't the man in charge the data won't acknowledge the wife. More thorough and honest data on females is imperative for gender roles and respect to conjoin.

Source: http://paidpost.nytimes.com/gates-foundation/closing-the-gender-data-gap.html?WT.mc_id=2016-may-nytnative_hpmod-gatesgirls-0516-0729&WT.mc_ev=click?module=PaidPostDriver&region=PaidPostMOTH&pgType=Homepage&action=click

Desert elephants pass on knowledge—not mutations—to survive

Desert elephants pass on knowledge—not mutations—to survive

An elephant never forgets... to remember not to forget how to survive. The main idea here is that elephants of all breeds are quick adapters, so the species doesn't need to rely on gradual genetic mutations to prevent mass endangerment. After analyzing the DNA between Namibian desert elephants and African savannah elephants, researchers made the conclusions that elephants possess "high learning capabilities."

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-elephants-knowledgenot-mutationsto-survive.html#jCp

Image Source: By Namibnat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/namibnat/4944955254/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Oldest evidence of cancer in human family tree found

Oldest evidence of cancer in human family tree found

Two approximately 2 million year-old fossilized bones had cancerous tumors, shedding light on how long cancer has existed. Current theories believes that cancers first appeared in modern human societies because of longer human life spans and artificial chemicals have spurred the increased prevalence of cancers. But with this new observation, new theories arise.

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-evidence-cancer-human-family-tree-found?tgt=nr

Is Earthly life premature from a cosmic perspective?

Is Earthly life premature from a cosmic perspective?

Where are all the aliens at? Apparently, there's a good chance they're in the future.

The further humans travel into the future, the better the odds are for life forming elsewhere. Researchers believe that the best chance for life is near a star with a long lifespan, such as a red dwarf star. Scientists will refocus the search for other beings around red dwarves.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-earthly-life-premature-cosmic-perspective.html