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.