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Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team Won a Silver Medal at Their Competition

After being denied their visas twice, a six-girl robotics team from Afghanistan was awarded the Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement at an international robotics competition.

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Maryam Mirzakhani, the First Woman Honored with The Fields Medal, Has Died at the Age of 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman and first Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal, has passed away at the age of 40 from breast cancer. 

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Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team Will Get to Attend Their Competition After All

After public outcry ensued when they were initially denied their visas, the all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan has been granted parole to enter the U.S. and compete in the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

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Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Off of Antarctic Shelf, Prompting (Even More) Discussion About Climate Change

A massive chunk of ice just broke off of one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica. The chunk is roughly the size of Delaware (or twice the size of Luxembourg), and weighs about a trillion tons.

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The Internet Is Going to Look a Bit Different Tomorrow Because of Net Neutrality

Among the many horrible things worth worrying about in politics right now, including the potential ruination of health care, the FCC is still moving towards reversing President Obama-era rules on net neutrality. Whether for altruistic reasons or out of self interest—or likely both—many entities across the web will be making a show of their support for actual net neutrality, rather than what the current FCC is peddling.

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Who Wants to Help This Library Summon Some Ancient Demons?

The Newberry Library in Chicago is inviting nerds across the world to help them live out a horror movie plot by transcribing a bunch of early modern texts that "deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits."

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Former GitHub Employee Writes About Company’s Failure to Uphold Its Own Values

In "Antisocial Coding: My Year At Github," Coraline Ada Ehmke recalls her time of employment at the company's Community & Safety team.

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Stephen Hawking Warns of “Irreversible” Climate Damage After Trump Pulls out of the Paris Agreement

It was pretty easy to see that pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change was a boneheaded move when the only other nations not involved were out for unrelated reasons or because they didn't think it was strict enough. But Trump's promises being bad ideas has never stopped him from keeping them before, and he pulled the U.S. out of the agreement to the dismay of people around the world—including Stephen Hawking.

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So You Think You Can Live on Mars? Prepare to Have Your Fantasies Shattered

"Oh, so you think space is pretty? Are you willing to remove your appendix and gallbladder for it? To just go temporarily blind because of your body fluids moving during weightlessness?"

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Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team Was Denied Visas for a Competition in the U.S.

Do you feel safer yet?

A team of six girls from Afghanistan has been denied travel visas to the United States, where they were hoping to compete in an international robotics competition.

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Screw Your Misogyny, The Selfie Is a Scientific Miracle

SciShow posted an explainer about how smartphone digital cameras work, showing that it's easy to forget how much impressive technology powers a selfie.

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Body Vibes Sorry for Fake NASA Claims, Not Sorry for Bogus Healing Stickers in General

Stickers, heal thyselves.

Some people at NASA got wind of a company selling magical healing stickers—sorry, "smart stickers" that are "programmed" to promote healing but are actually just stickers and not magic or programmed at all—and they were less than impressed by claims that related to the space agency. The company has now apologized for that bit of fakery, but not the rest of it.

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So That’s Where All the Horrible YouTube Comments Come From

Researchers looked into the effect of 4chan's "Politically Incorrect" /pol/ board on YouTube and the wider web. It's not good.

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Forensic Dogs Might Be the Key to Finding Amelia Earhart’s Remains

A new expedition organized by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will fly to Nikumaroro with four forensic border collies on June 24th.

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“Death by A Thousand Cuts”: Women Engineers Speak Out About the Sexism in Silicon Valley

In this video from Wired, women engineers speak about their experiences with workplace sexism and racism in the tech industry.

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Our Robot Overlords Will Give Guinea Pigs The Best and Cutest Names

Research scientist Janelle Shane gave a neural network hundreds of guinea pig names, and the network came up with some of its own: Buzzberry, Spockers, Mumkle...and Bho8otteeddeeceul?

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Amazon Continues Quest for World Domination by Buying Whole Foods

For a company that got its start in the business of making physical stores obsolete, Amazon sure is willing to pay a lot for them. The company is in the process of buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, for purposes we can only assume include world domination.

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An Animated Lesson on the Genius of Marie Skłodowska Curie

In a new TED-Ed animated lesson, Shohini Ghose takes us through Marie Skłodowska Curie’s great achievements and the impact of her revolutionary discoveries.

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Attendee Shames Mostly-Male Science Panel For Mansplaining to Female Theoretical Physicist

First, let's look at the image above of a panel on "Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology" which was held at the World Science Festival at John Jay College in New York City this weekend. On this seven-person panel, only one is a woman, the literal odd person out. One gets the feeling they had a six-person panel, realized there were no women, then rushed to find one. This is the scientific community, Ladies and Gentlemen.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson to Receive Stephen Hawking Medal, Because He’s Awesome at Communicating Science

As a scientist, it must be awesome when a world-renowned theoretical physicist (and cosmologist) publicly commends you on the work you do. Neil deGrasse Tyson is feeling those feels today, now that it's been announced that he's getting a prestigious award from none other than Stephen Hawking.

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