Tuesday, March 1, 2011

News Roundup

AWEAR SERIES Prostheses (Thanks to Serenada for the tip!)

Not much background information is given in the video or the accompanying write up, but after some prodigious googling, I'm betting this is a concept piece rather than an actual advancement in prosthetic technology.  It's still worth checking out what could be the future of prostheses, where technology and aesthetics are combined.

The Trouble with Bright Girls (Thanks to my mom for sending this in!)

"But in my experience, smart and talented women rarely realize that one of the toughest hurdles they'll have to overcome to be successful lies within. Compared with our male colleagues, we judge our own abilities not only more harshly but fundamentally differently. Understanding why we do it is the first step to righting a terrible wrong. And to do that, we need to take a step back in time."

Natalie Portman, Oscar Winner, Was Also a Precocious Scientist (Thanks to SubversiveVibe for sending this in!)

"The Intel Science Talent Search is considered the nation’s most elite and demanding high school research competition, attracting the crème de la milk-fats-encased-in-a-phospholipid-and-protein-membrane of aspiring young scientists. Victors and near-victors in the 69-year-old contest have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes in physics or chemistry, two Fields Medals in mathematics, a half-dozen National Medals in science and technology, a long string of MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants — and now, an Academy Award for best actress in a leading role."

Interview with Dan Abrams and Excerpt from his Book, "Man Down"

An interesting interview with ABC Legal Analyst Dan Abrams about his new book, Man Down.  The non-fiction piece compiles research from a host studies detailing how and why women excel in a number of fields and tasks. Two of the reasons noted were because of estrogen and the tendency to be risk adverse.
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