Women are Missing in STEM Fields 

“Don’t ask me; I’m just a girl.” It’s one of the most famous lines from The Simpsons. Lisa Simpson, an eight-year-old girl, is excited to get a talking version of her favorite Barbie-like doll but horrified at the words that come from her doll’s mouth. It’s a joke, social commentary and it speaks to a very large issue.

According to an infographic recently produced by Verizon, at the age of eight, 66 percent of girls say they like math yet, in college, only 18 percent of women study engineering. The problem starts early, girls begin to lose confidence in their technical abilities at a young age. Seventy-two percent of girls feel they’re good at science and math classes in middle school while only 55 percent of girl feel that way in high school.

The National Girls Collaborative Project reported that girls were more likely to have taken biology — a life science frequently viewed as “accessible” — in high school than boys (50 percent vs. 39). Whereas “hard” subjects, such as physics and engineering, were dominated by males. In college, according to the NGCP, in 2011, 57.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. were obtained by women. In the sciences, women received over 50 percent of the degrees in biology. Yet, they held less than 20 percent of those awarded in the fields of physics, computing or engineering.  

By adulthood, while they compose half the population and half the workforce, only a quarter of STEM positions are held by women. Not only is this a problem — it’s a worsening one.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/blogs/2015/04/women-are-missing-stem-fields

New Material Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

by Marcus Woo, Inside Science

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago today, killing 11 people. The leak that followed spilled millions of barrels of oil, creating one of the worst environmental disasters ever.

Despite renewed safety efforts, disastrous accidents will almost surely happen again.

During the Deepwater Horizon disaster, cleanup workers used a number of methods to reduce the spill’s impact, including boats that skim the oil off the gulf’s surface, chemicals that disperse the oil, oil-absorbing pom-poms, and even burning. Now, researchers have developed a new potential tool: a high-tech coated mesh that separates oil from water with the ease of a sieve.

“There’s only so much oil you can absorb,” said materials scientist Bharat Bhushan of The Ohio State University. “What we try to do is rather than absorb it, we try to separate the two.”  

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So a kid I know from school got accepted into an engineering summer program at Washington University. They agreed to pay some of the tuition but unfortunately there is still about 2000 dollars left for him to pay. Unfortunately his parents can’t afford it and this program means a lot to him. If you could donate some money that would be amazing. He is really smart and is a really nice person and you would be a huge help by donating. 

Here is the link http://www.gofundme.com/srb2tc 

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NITA’s “Antalya Tower” to be Built in Turkey

The photos are presenting the Antalya Tower that is the winning entry of ‘The Expo 2016 Antalya Tower’ competition. This tower is situated on Turkey’s southwest coast designed by its local firm, NITA. It is aiming to cater 10 million annual visitors making it Turkey’s first ever international Expo. 

The aesthetic shows its triumphal arch/ curve, which is inspired by Hadrian’s Gate at the entrance of Antalya’s old town. Personally, I think the most interesting feature of this tower is the three terraces on top of the building; There is going to be a World Botanic Expo 2016 with the theme of ‘Flowers and Children’. Skylights at rooftop level allow natural light to penetrate the top floors of the building affording visitors views of the sky. 

This will be completed and commenced on April 23, 2016. 

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Nanoscale Blocks, DNA ‘Glue’ Shape 3-D Superlattices

Taking child’s play with building blocks to a whole new level — the nanometer scale — scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have constructed 3-D “superlattice” multicomponent nanoparticle arrays where the arrangement of particles is driven by the shape of the tiny building blocks. The method uses linker molecules made of complementary strands of DNA to overcome the blocks’ tendency to pack together in a way that would separate differently shaped components. The results, published in Nature Communications, are an important step on the path toward designing predictable composite materials for applications in catalysis, other energy technologies and medicine.

“If we want to take advantage of the promising properties of nanoparticles, we need to be able to reliably incorporate them into larger-scale composite materials for real-world applications,” explained Brookhaven physicist Oleg Gang, who led the research at Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/04/nanoscale-blocks-dna-glue-shape-3-d-superlattices

Hey, I know tumblr has mixed feelings about Cards Against Humanity but I found this out and I thought it was something everyone could appreciate, and it was something I haven’t seen on tumblr yet.  

Basically CAH made a science pack you can buy, and the profits go towards scholarships for women studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

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4.25.15 // Today was my Shadow Day, a graduation requirement at my high school which requires us to select a person working in the career path that you wish to do in the future. Since I’m in interested in computer science and engineering, I shadowed my uncle who works for CS, and it was a really educational experience. I learned not only about programming, but other specific majors and careers that are under the umbrella of engineering. It made me realize that this is really what I want to do in my life. :)

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Computer Vision Sees Tiny Vibrations in Bridges, Buildings

To the naked eye, buildings and bridges appear fixed in place, unmoved by forces like wind and rain. But in fact, these large structures do experience imperceptibly small vibrations that, depending on their frequency, may indicate instability or structural damage.

MIT researchers have now developed a technique to “see” vibrations that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, combining high-speed video with computer vision techniques.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2015/04/computer-vision-sees-tiny-vibrations-bridges-buildings

You’re looking at a video clip recorded on a prototype camera that powers itself without needing a battery or electric cord. This innovation might represent the early stages of something big, not just for snapping selfies or recording the latest funny thing your cat is doing, but more as an enabler of the ubiquitous sensing that will be at the heart of the Industrial Internet.

The Columbia University computer scientists and engineers who created it say they are aiming to build computer eyes that can last forever without a tether. Their breakthrough came in marrying the fundamentals of how a solar panel operates with the light-capturing function of video camera image sensors.

“Digital imaging is expected to enable many emerging fields including wearable devices, sensor networks, smart environments, personalized medicine, and the Internet of Things,” said computer scientist Shree Nayar, the head of the Columbia Vision Lab and inventor of the device. “A camera that can function as an untethered device forever—without any external power supply—would be incredibly useful.” Learn more and see pics below.

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A Japanese bullet train just topped records at 374 mph.

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai)’s maglev train — short for magnetic levitation, meaning a train that moves along by magnets and “hovers” four inches above the train’s rail-less path — reached a top speed of 374 mph for 10.8 seconds. The fastest train in America, comes pathetically no where close.