Posts Tagged Under: science

Girls Today Are More Interested in STEM Careers Than Boys Are

What did you want to become when you were a child? A doctor? A ballerina? An engineer? An astronaut? As we reach adulthood, few of us land a dream job. But if a recent survey is any indication, the next generation will be filled with scientists and engineers. And we have girls to thank for that.

STEM (previously SMET) is an acronym that refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s a pool of careers where you’re likely to find more men than women, but according to data unearthed by Fatherly, things are about to change really soon

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Quote of the Day by Einstein

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We can all accept to some degree that, sometimes, we’re just plain stupid. For example, being told that the soup is hot and still taking a spoon-full without a single blow before completely neutralizing our taste buds. Or t parking in the handicapped spot just because it was closer, not necessarily the only vacant space.

Stupidity is something that characterizes us at least once in our lifetime. But insanity is no laughing matter. Yet somehow, stupidity and insanity often cross paths. Or at least Albert Einstein thought they did. He once famously said:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

—Albert Einstein

This is both funny and sad if you think about it. Funny, because we’ve all been overly persistent with something that didn’t work at least once in our lives. Sad, because it’s true. You have to be a special kind of stupid to persist in repeating a process that always ends in failure, without tweaking anything between experiments. But craziness is a relative thing, much like Einstein’s entire work. So if you feel the quip describes you, don’t sweat it – we’ve all be there, some more than once.

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Quote of the Day by Wilson Mizner

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Faith and doubt play in different teams. Both seek the truth, but they often clash when they meet because neither holds the ultimate answer to everything. This causes people to feel compelled to pick a battle and stick with it. Some, however, prefer a different approach: sit on the fence until further notice.

Trying to please everyone is a sure way to failure, especially when it comes to controversial matters like spirituality versus science. Wilson Mizner believed the same. It’s okay to sideline yourself when it comes to contentious matters, but it’s equally important to spectate with your eyes peeled in search of your own answers. In one of his many fits of wisdom, the playwright once let out this clever bons mot

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Celebrating Ada Lovelace – The First Computer Programmer in History

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Google isn’t featuring a doodle today and, by all means, it should. In 2009, as a response to the lack of women on stage at tech conferences, former Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, Suw Charman-Anderson decided to make October 13 “Ada Lovelace Day,” in an effort to increase the profile of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education). Ada, who lived in the 1800s, is often regarded as the first computer programmer

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Does Mobility Make Us Narcissistic?

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What was the last tweet you sent out and what device did you compose it on? A recent study by Goldsmiths University of London has uncovered some interesting facts about our tweeting habits, including the fact that we are considerably more self-centered when tweeting from our phones.

The research paper, published in the Journal of Communication, reveals that tweets fired off from a phone are 25% more negative than the ones sent out from a computer. The explanation is as simple as you’d expect

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Overthink Much? You Could Be a Full-Blown Genius

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Do you think geniuses are happy, contempt, at peace with themselves? Think again. People like Isaac Newton or Nikola Tesla worried about the world and their own existence in it. Their anxiety levels were so high that it triggered imagination beyond the contemporary limits. According to a recent study that focused on people who worry, it is this neurotic level of imagination that makes a genius.

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Study Reveals Worrying Facts About Smog Formation

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Research set to be presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society has revealed that the grime typically found on building walls in advanced countries can be ‘activated’ by sunlight to release harmful nitrogen oxide compounds that spur smog creation.

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Smartphones Could Soon Be Able To Heal Their Own Cracked Screens

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These days, forgetting your phone at home feels like you’re walking around with your hands tied behind your back. Smartphones have become such an instrumental part of our lives that the very thought of losing or damaging it is terrifying. Perhaps then, it is not surprising that we’re putting considerable effort into preventing these things from happening (i.e. proximity sensors, Find My iPhone, protective bumpers, etc.). However, we may be on the cusp of solving at least one of the problems, all thanks to chemistry.

We’ve long heard of self-repairing backs for smartphones. But a self-repairing cracked screens? If it sounds like a speculative headline on our part, I can assure you it’s not.

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