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  1. Our Friend Bill Nye Did an AMA, Here Are Our Favorite Answers!

    And could we see a return of "The Science Guy" to television?

    Our Friend Bill Nye and some of his friends did a Reddit AMA today about searching for life on Jupiter's moon Europa. Nye's answered touched on some other excited subjects like the possibility of his return to television!

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  2. Chelsea Clinton and Kari Byron Are Hosting a Panel Discussion Today About STEM-Based Education for Young Women

    What about STEME? Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Exploding Stuff?

    Recently, it seems there's a big push for STEM-based education for school-aged girls and young women. (Yay!) Google launched a coding initiative for girls, Verizon gut-punched our feels with this commercial, and today Mythbuster Kari Byron and former-First Daughter Chelsea Clinton are live streaming a panel on the topic.

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  3. Stephanie Kwolek, Pioneering Chemist, Has Passed Away At 90

    Thank you, madame. You made the world a safer place.

    Fox News is reporting that Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented the durable fiber used in Kevlar Body Armor, has passed away at 90 of an unknown illness.

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  4. This Commercial About Teaching Girls Science Has No Right Making Us Feel These Feelings

    No, I'm not crying. I just have something stuck in my... um, soul.

    Verizon's new #InspireHerMind campaign wants to point out the importance of teaching young girls about STEM. To do that, they put out this commercial about how deeply ingrained gender expectations influence the way we raise our children, which in turn influences what they become interested in when they grow up--and not necessarily for the better. Geez, Verizon, heartbreaking much?

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  5. All-Girl Student “Team Rocket Power” Blasts off at the Speed of Light… to the White House

    Spaaaaaaaaaaace

    Science is all about proving things with verifiable evidence, so we've got some evidence to the contrary of anyone who thinks girls aren't into science. A group of three high school girls demonstrated an expertise in rocket engineering that got them invited to the White House Science Fair. In fact, this year's White House Science Fair made a general effort to focus on the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) fields, and it looks like they found no shortage there.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Captain Picard and Batman Fighting Xenomorphs

    Things We Saw Today

    Seven seasons and a movie. Artwork by Jimsmash. (via Neatorama)

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  7. Google Finally Releases Its Staff Diversity Numbers, Admits It’s Overwhelmingly White and Male

    Elsewhere on the internet

    "Don't be evil" is Our Great Overlord and Master Google's unofficial motto, but there's one area where they're having trouble keeping to that: Staff diversity. According to data just released by Google itself, the web behemoth's staff of just under 50,000 is whiter and more male than the Republican National Convention.

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  8. Poor Execution of the Day: Codebabes Motivates Beginning Coders With Naked Women

    BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

    Look, Codebabes.com, you could have the best intentions in the world, and you would still be a perfect example of everything that is wrong with the perception of women in the coding industry.

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  9. Awareness of Female Scientists Is So Bad That 12% Of People Asked To Name One Picked a Dude Instead

    Isambard Kingdon Brunel. 19th century mechanical and civil engineer. Pioneer of public transportation. British. And the name that 12% of people gave when asked to name a famous female scientist, despite the fact that he's a dude.

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  10. STEM Hiring Managers Often Favor Male Candidates, Says Yet Another Study

    Sigh. These findings aren't groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn't just about encouraging interested students -- it's about making sure those students can get jobs one day.

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