Science Sunday: Go to the Computer!

Science Sunday: Go to the Computer!

Today in news that makes me happy, a computer named Crazy Stone is playing Go so well it can defeat the Japanese Go champion!  This is probably the sexiest supercomputer since Watson.  Though I don’t quite get the way the article is framed, that is, as a competition between machines and humans, since humans built machines.  If we lose to them, it demonstrates how good we are building them an... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Money is the Root of Sin Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Money is the Root of Sin Edition

It’s Friday! Time. To. Rawk. Well…sort of. This week’s featured song doesn’t really have anything to do with science or feminism or social justice. But it’s awesome. Monty Python, the British comedy group from the 1970s, is getting back together for a reunion show. (You have to be a little geeky to like Monty Python, right?) Their teasing us with a new music video. It... »

Reality Checks: War on the Young, Ocean on Enceladus, and Male Circumcision

Reality Checks: War on the Young, Ocean on Enceladus, and Male Circumcision

The Fox News War on the Young. (via Raw Story) Black women have been making educational and business gains, but it’s not translating into money. (via Think Progress) There’s an ocean under Enceladus’ icy shell. (via Discovery News) Circumcision rates are on the decline in the United States. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Got a link you think we should know ... »

Speak Your Mind: #BanBossy?

Speak Your Mind: #BanBossy?

It’s no secret that the behavior of girls and women are judged differently than that of boys and men. Where men are assertive, women are bossy. There’s been an effort recently to “ban bossy” in favor of other, more accurate words to describe powerful women. The idea behind the campaign is that bossy is so vague as to be useless, with different connotations for different peo... »

Reality Checks: Popular Kids, Zebra Stripes, and More on Gravitational Waves

Reality Checks: Popular Kids, Zebra Stripes, and More on Gravitational Waves

Popular kids are bullied, too. (via Jezebel) The gravitational wave discovery might not be what it seemed. (via Discovery News) Zebra stripes as insect repellent? (via io9) The House science committee is a national embarrassment. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Dimitry B. via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

I am a rabid fan of YA literature. I love it, and I think that many authors who are willing to invest in writing for young people are willing to invest in serious portrayals of women and girls as well. YA lit is often the place where the fiesty, strong heroines are born, intelligent and independent young women who pretty much repeatedly save everyone. This is where the Hermiones and the Katnisses ... »

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