Vera Rubin, one of the most important astronomers of the 20th century, died on December 25 in Princeton, NJ at age 88. She played a seminal role in our understanding of dark matter, and should have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics — but never was.
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Earlier today, the World Health Organisation declared that the Zika virus, along with its related neurological complications, no longer constitutes an international emergency. The announcement is a troubling development that could threaten important research, while also undermining those who are most affected, namely women, children and the poor.
Female characters are prominent in scary movies, and not always as helpless victims. Think about the Final Girl, without whom slasher films would not exist, or other kick-arse heroines, like Alien's Ripley. Behind the camera, though, you'll find way more male writers and directors — which is why these horror movies directed by women are worthy of extra celebration.
Diversity in tech is a widespread problem, and Apple is actually going to address it today. In an interview with Mashable, Tim Cook admitted that Apple needs more diversity — and hinted that today's keynote at WWDC will feature at least one woman. Which would make this the seventh woman ever to be on the Apple stage.
We know that Silicon Valley has a women problem, and it's not just at Pied Piper. Even worse, perhaps, is what happens when these mostly-male tech companies are invited to talk about their success with other mostly-male tech companies at public events. It's not at all unusual to see seven penises onstage without a vagina in sight.
Video: The film editing maestro Clara Darko stitched together this perfect montage of actresses in action movies kicking mother freaking arse. I love how each punch or kick or swing of the sword or crossbow shot or anything perfectly blends together from one movie to the next. More arse-kicking please!
Video: Different eras have different definitions of beauty. A look in the early 1900s can fall out of favour a few years down the road or maybe inspire a style decades later. Cut Video made this video that shows a model getting her and make up done to show what beautiful meant from 1910 to 2010.
Yesterday, the internet got wind of one of the more recent installments in the Barbie literary canon, I Can Be a Computer Engineer. As it turns out, Barbie's idea of being a computer engineer consists mostly of freaking out and asking Steven and Brian to fix her bad dumb girl code. Fortunately, the awesome backlash has almost made all that head-smashing worth it. Almost.
Video: This is great. Celia Bullwinkel made Sidewalk, an animation that shows a little girl become a woman while walking on the sidewalk and all that it entails. There's a perfect amount of awkwardness and embarrassment, annoyance at rude gawkers, and a whole lot of hard work.
Tech companies have a pretty awful track record where talking to women is concerned. But after running damage control on horrible campaign after horrible campaign, you'd think they'd try to avoid making the same mistakes again. And you would be wrong. Enter OnePlus' new lovely-ladies-only invite giveaway. Because, as they say, "chivalry is not dead".