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Smartphones are kind of a necessary evil these days. Sure, you can read your email and get on the internet whenever you want, but owning a smartphone can feel a lot like this scene from Futurama:Up until now, the misfortunes of smartphones have been more of an annoyance than a major problem, and the more tech-savvy of us have found loopholes. Any smartphone user who felt constricted by their carrier could simply unlock their phone, a practice which would ... Read More
When I was in junior high school, I went to a “Women in Science” event at the local university. I learned about solar panels (awesome), and I got to feed a deadly centipede from South America through a tube (creepy and awesome). It was great to be exposed to women working in science, because it made me feel like I could do it too. Sadly, these types of programs are few and far between. The gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) ... Read More
 Are you frustrated because, nothing is going as planned? Do you feel like this month has been blanketed as a haze of confusion? Do you find yourself lost and taking the wrong path, when you know the way? Well, prepare for more mayhem because Mercury is in Retrograde. This means that the planet Mercury appears to be going backwards in its orbit from our point of view on Earth. While it isn’t actually going backwards, it looks appears this way for ... Read More
  DEFCON is a tech conference held annually in Las Vegas that allows thousands of hackers to learn about the latest ways to crack into any and all types of online security systems. Sounds fun, right? But over the past few years, many women who’ve attended DEFCON have reported that they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. Along with the typical techy stuff, a large part of the convention consists of recreational events for the hackers, like ... Read More
A new, breakthrough technology has just been unveiled to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer through a minimally invasive procedure. But wait! There’s a twist: The cloud-based neural network was brought to us by a girl at the young age of 17. I repeat, the mastermind behind this breakthrough technology is a 17-year-old girl, and in addition, she won the top prize in this year’s Google Science Fair because of it! “I ... Read More
Monday, news of Marissa Mayer being named Yahoo’s newest CEO broke. Mayer had worked at Google for thirteen years, and will now be at the helm of a major tech company-one of the biggest male dominated sectors. Woo hoo! According to an Associated Press story, the organization Catalyst (which tracks women’s workplace advancement), says that only 4% of the top Fortune 500 companies are women. Even better. But 37-year-old Mayer’s got even more on her ... Read More
Just a few days ago, the BUST blog reported on the huge fail of a campaign that the European Commission launched in a somewhat laughable attempt to “overturn clichés” related to women and science.  Now a recent series on the Txchnologist blog reminds us that, though there definitely aren’t enough women in science at the moment, women have done amazing things to help move our world forward for centuries. And Txchnologist somehow ... Read More
Some of my biggest Facebook pet peeves include, but are not limited to, the following: incessant complaining, unnecessary relationship updates (wait, aren't all relationships inherently complicated? Exactly why is yours so special and beyond my comprehending?), and minute-to-minute pregnancy progress reports. People who are a part of these annoying Facebook phenomena should be banned from the internet. Then again, I'm sure there are a few people on my friends list ... Read More
In today's world, where 12-year-olds are engrossed in their iPhones, and substituting a phone call in place of a text message is nearly inconceivable, technology like Nokia’s indestructible brick of a cell phone and the VCR that’s currently collecting dust in your basement (if not already inhabiting a dumpster) seems prehistoric. But thanks to nostalgic noise enthusiast Brendan Chilcutt—the face behind The Museum of Endangered ... Read More
I know young people are supposed to be hip and tech-savvy (and by using the terms "hip" and "tech-savvy" I do, in fact, realize I've outed myself as neither), but sometimes I find myself genuinely overwhelmed with how quickly technology is advancing and all the crazy cool possibilities that come with it. Here I am, still flabbergasted that you can pay for your Starbucks coffee using a QR code, while artist Yiying Lu is already using them to create ... Read More
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