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Teenage girls driven away from social media
Out of 1,002 girls, 48% said they had experienced harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey by Plan International.The girls' rights charity found that this was above the 40% of boys who...
Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles
WASHINGTON — Their team shirts didn't say "Afghanistan" and their name badges were handwritten, not typed, suggesting the last-minute nature of their entry into the United States. But the Afghan girls...
Afghan girls in U.S. robot olympics despite visa issues
Six girls from Afghanistan are in the U.S. to compete in the International Robotic Olympics. After an extraordinary journey from their war-ravaged country to Washington, supporters gathered at the airport...
Rise in screen time 'risking children's health'
Data for England, Wales and Scotland shows that more than three-quarters of children aged 11 to 15 spend two or more hours using electronic devices on weekdays.Experts say this is reducing the amount...
Latin American Girls Hack Man's World of Tech, Science
Staying up late into the night, Lilia Lobato Martinez watched endless YouTube videos to teach herself the computer code she used to help build her prize-winning Ool app for volunteers in Guadalajara, Mexico....
Think big, start early to close gender gap in science
In the 17 years she spent teaching science to middle and high school students in the Philadelphia area, Phaedra Brown developed an intuition for when her instruction wasn’t landing. More often than not,...
Depression rates growing among adolescents, particularly girls
The rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37 percent over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an episode in the past year, new research suggests....
Girls beat boys in technology race
David Koch reveals the steps for shopping around for the best mobile phone plans. Research has discovered girls are much more likely than boys to own a mobile phone in Australia. Picture: Supplied GIRLS...
The unknown effect of the pill on teenage bones and brains
Marie Genel/PicturetankBy Jessica Hamzelou TEENAGE pregnancies have hit record lows in the Western world, largely thanks to increased use of contraceptives of all kinds. But strangely, we don’t really...
Schoolgirls to Participate in Building Africa's First Satellite
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program...
Girls beat boys in eighth-grade tech, engineering literacy tests: Survey
American eighth-grade girls on average scored better than their male peers in technology and engineering literacy tests, according to a national report card released Tuesday. Girls scored three points...
Girls from progressive societies do better at math, study finds
Research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found that the 'maths gender gap' -- the relative underperformance of girls at maths -- is much wider in societies with poor rates of...
Hollywood treatment for Slender Man murders
The ‘Slender Man’, depicted, allegedly inspired the chilling attempted murder of a 12-year-old schoolgirl by her classmates. IT ALL started as a dark challenge on an internet forum: who can create the...
Online App Teaches Girls Computer Coding
Women face obstacles in the male-dominated field of computer technology, but new initiatives are teaching girls to write computer programs. One online application, from a startup called Vidcode, is bridging...
World Bank pledges $2.5 billion for teenage girls’ education
WASHINGTON — The World Bank on Wednesday pledged $2.5 billion to educate and empower adolescent girls in low-income countries as a way to improve their well-being and fight poverty. Speaking at the spring...
Girls get a harsh lesson in sexism from 'The Glass Ceiling' game - CNET
"I'm gonna be an engineer!""I'm gonna be a lawyer!""I'm gonna be the nation's No. 1 investment banker!"When little girls excitedly proclaim their future professions anything seems possible. That is, until...
How many girls are in this photograph?
Come on guys, you can do this one. HERE’S a twisted teaser for you: Can you correctly identify how many girls are in this picture? Twinsies? Or could it be an optical illusion of the mind-melting kind?...
Megan Smith talks tech inclusion at ‘The Girls Lounge’
U.S. CTO Megan Smith and the co-authors of “The Elephant in the Valley” survey on women in tech talk about their goals for a better work environment for women in technology at SXSW’s Girls Lounge. ...
Daily Briefing, March 3
The privately held Colorado retailer also said it plans to close distribution centers in Denver and Chicago. In a letter to customers on the company’s website, CEO Michael Foss said Sports Authority’s...
Porn turning boys into ‘sexist pigs’
Video sharing site PornHub has published figures on the habits of its visitors. It appears Australians are pretty avid porn viewers, with our country ranked number eight worldwide. Almost 60 per cent of...
Social Startups Put Human Touch Back in Tech
Social networks are a big part of our lives, but opinions diverge when it comes to how effective they are in fostering interpersonal relationships. A few tech startups, however, have devised new ways...
'Girls in tech' competition won by boy
EDF Energy has been criticised after a 13-year-old-boy won a competition that was part of a campaign to attract teenage girls to the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. Children were...
"Shocking" harassment in the social media lives of teens
For two and a half years, journalist Nancy Jo Sales immersed herself in the world of selfies, sexting, and Yik Yak IRL ("in real life," for those not versed in millennial-speak), traveling coast to coast...
Doctors claim legalising some genital mutilation may help girls
Even “minor” surgery can have a major psychological impactIvan Lieman/Barcroft MediaTime to rethink female genital mutilation? Two US-based gynaecologists are arguing that legalising less severe forms...
Making STEM your daughter's BFF - CNET
100Kin10 is committed to recruiting, training and retaining 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021. Hero Images/Corbis A leading education group has attracted some big names to help it in its mission to get more...
Girls should expect poorer physics grades
Secondary school physics teachers with little teaching experience handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for the exact same performance. This was the conclusion drawn by an ETH learning...
Why STEM’s Future Rests In The Hands Of 12-Year-Old Girls
A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) took a comprehensive look at gender differences in student performance based on an exam taken by 15-year-olds....
Hoverboard sparks house fire in Australia
Hoverboards have become wildly popular this year Photo: Rex Features In December the Australian consumer watchdog said it had two safety concerns with the products - fires that have occurred overseas...
Robot Clubs Draw Girls into Science
Despite making up half of the world’s overall workforce force, women hold only a quarter of the jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. But a program in Indianapolis, Indiana, is working...
Yahoo CEO Mayer gives birth to identical twin girls
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer gave birth to identical twin girls early on Thursday, a day after the company reversed course on a planned spinoff of Alibaba Group Holding...
Student scientists invent ways to clean up the planet
Maria Elena Grimmett, 17, was in sixth grade when she noticed that the well water at her Jupiter, Florida home was brown. With the dedication of a scientist twice her age, she spent the next six years...
Girl Scouts Hope Tech Initiatives Will Curb Membership Drop
As the Girl Scouts' membership continues a sharp decline, its leaders are betting on technology to reverse the trend, including a major expansion of its year-old program enabling Girl Scout cookies to...
Girls Who Code Makes Its Way Into A Mobile Game
A major factor that deters girls from pursuing computer science is the perception that coders are mostly white and male, according to a recent Google-commissioned Gallup survey. That’s why...
Meet the Stemettes events aim to entice girls into Stem
Stemettes ran a multi-location campaign in November to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem). The volunteer group, which was founded by Anne-Marie...
'Codegirl' documentary to hit YouTube before theaters, at no charge
Enlarge ImageThe documentary "Codegirl" aims to inspire a new generation of app developers. CodeGirlMovie.com Now playing on YouTube: a new documentary that tells the story of teenage girls who use computer...
HBO revs up for 2016, sets February premiere for Girls, Vinyl, and Togetherness
February is shaping up to be a big month on HBO. The premium network has confirmed premiere dates for two returning series, Girls and Togetherness, as well as the anticipated new rock drama, Vinyl. The...
People Of Color In Tech Highlights The Stories Of Racial Minorities In A Mostly White Industry
When 27-year-old Ruth Mesfun started working at Excellence Girls Middle Academy in Brooklyn two years ago, there was no computer science program at the all-girls school, which is 92% African-American,...
In Defense of Wearing an R2D2 Dress to Homecoming
My daughter texted me from her homecoming shopping expedition at the mall: "It's hard not to buy all the Star Wars stuff," she wrote. "I bet," I replied. "How about a Leia dress?" I asked, with a wink....
Growing a penis at 12: the 'Guevedoce' boys of the Dominican Republic
When he was young he would happily play with other little girls, but after the age of seven he started to change “I did not feel good, I no longer liked to wear a skirt, and I was no longer drawn to play...
More than half of 12-year-old girls say Stem subjects are too hard
More than half of 12-year-old girls in the UK and Ireland believe science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects are hard to learn, according to research by Accenture. The study found 60%...
A 20-year VC explains what really happens in the boardrooms of venture-backed companies
There's a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that...
A Netflix executive explained how it's preparing for a future without Disney
Disney made big waves recently when it said it would remove its movies from Netflix by 2019. But in an interview with Variety, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company is preparing...
Top Amazon recruiter reveals how you can score a job at the retail giant
Park's next piece of advice for young professionals is to be "relentlessly curious." She says the company always asks itself: "Can something be better?" Curiosity is particularly important, says Park,...
Pandora appoints Roger Lynch as new CEO
Pandora is under new leadership, after its founder stepped aside as CEO for the second time earlier this summer. Roger Lynch, who has held leadership roles at companies like Sling TV and Dish, will be...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark