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Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender

Researchers find software repository GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed<p>When a group of computer science students decided to study the way that gender bias plays out in software development communities, they …

Computer Science

Why Are Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs Still Prescribed Indefinitely For Insomnia?

The official guidelines indicate that benzodiazepines and z-drugs (e.g. Ambien) should be used for the short-term management of insomnia. Yet many …

Cognitive Impairment

‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ travel tips

Wild, peaceful, fun, busy, hot ... we all love the seaside, whether it’s just along the coast from Swansea or sweltering under a tropical sky<p>Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary …

Costa Rica

Cards Against Humanity earned $71,145 on Friday selling absolutely nothing

Cards Against Humanity sold people absolutely nothing for $5 apiece on Black Friday ... and raked in $71,145.<p>On Friday, the makers of the lewd card …

Study finds plastic debris and man-made fibers in fish sold in markets

Scientists have long suspected that plastic trash eaten by fish, crabs, bivalves and other marine species may be spreading through the food web.<p>Now, researchers from UC Davis and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia are reporting some of the first findings of plastic debris and textile fibers in the …

Pollution

French hackers figure out how to activate Siri without talking

These hackers aren't ventriloquists, but they might have figured out something even cooler.<p>Researchers at the ANSSI, a French governmental agency …

Introducing RAIL: A User-Centric Model For Performance

There’s no shortage of <b>performance advice</b>, is there? The elephant in the room is the fact that it’s <b>challenging to interpret</b>: Everything comes with …

Web Design

Women Touching Women, on Screen

Filmmaker Leena Yadav takes an unflinching look at female friendship, sexuality, and misogyny in India in her film, "Parched."<p>In the film <i>Parched</i> by Leena Yadav, a young woman named Bijli, clad in a colorful sari, asks her friends Rani and Lajjo why women are always the ones to get "fucked" in swear …

The Case Against Richard Glossip Is Crumbling, But He Is Still Scheduled to Die in a Week

JOSEPH TAPLEY DIDN’T WANT his name in the press. He had worked too hard, since leaving prison in 2002, to get his life on track. Today he owns a …

From Death Row at 16 to Suicide at 45: The Life and Death of Paula Cooper

J<b>UST BEFORE 8 p.m.</b> this past Memorial Day, 45-year-old Paula Cooper decided she wanted to go shopping for a new outfit. “She wanted to go to …

Death Row

Police shoot dead man in wheelchair who was 'trying to kill himself'

Police in Delaware are being asked to explain how officers shot dead an armed man who was sitting in a wheel chair.<p>Wilmington police said in a news …

Man loses 50 pounds and dies in Michigan cell after being jailed for traffic ticket

In a surveillance video, David Stojcevski, 32, is seen lying naked on the floor of his cell, dying. He is more than halfway done with a 30-day jail …

Crime

Why women don't win science book prizes

You can usually tell the sex of a baby being pushed in a pram. If it’s wearing a colourful outfit decorated with charismatic animals, it’s probably a boy; pink hearts and flowers means a girl. In fact, you don’t even need to see the child - just take a look at its bedroom: dinosaurs, wall-stickers …

A Video-Game Algorithm to Solve Online Abuse - MIT Technology Review

Like many online spaces, League of Legends, the most widely played online video game in the world today, is a breeding ground for abusive language …

September 11, 2001: ‘A Great Wound’

<i>The Nation</i> goes to press on Wednesdays, so on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, it quickly became obvious that the entire editorial section, as well as …

Financial Markets

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …

I’m a black activist. Here’s what people get wrong about Black Lives Matter. - Vox

I learned much of what I know about the civil rights movement at Morehouse College. An extraordinary campus, on a hill in Atlanta, Morehouse was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond, and other notable architects of the civil rights movement once studied under the tutelage of titans like …

5 Things To Tell Anyone Who Blames Black Lives Matter For Violence Against Cops

The argument that the Black Lives Matter movement is driving individuals to kill cops is ridiculous.<p>Sheriff Ron Hickman of Harris County, Texas, isn’t quite sure why suspect Shannon J. Miles allegedly shot and killed his deputy, Darren Goforth, last week. Police investigating the homicide haven't …

Sarah Palin called Black Lives Matter protesters ‘dogs.’ Here’s why she doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.

By Janell Ross<p>, Reporter<p>During a speech outside the U.S. Capitol to a tea party rally Wednesday, Sarah Palin used a very loaded word to described the Black Lives Matter protesters. She called them "dogs" -- actually, dogs that President Obama won't call off. So, Palin told the crowd, she would …

Black Lives Matter

Does someone else's skin feel softer than your own? Science explains why

When we touch someone we care for their skin often feels so much softer than our own.<p>But that extra softness is an illusion. It’s our brains rewarding us for touching other people and forming social bonds, a new study says.<p>Researchers have long known that being caressed has positive health …

Andrew Garfield Wants A Pansexual Spider-Man

"We're scared of things that aren't us."<p>Andrew Garfield is ready for a less heteronormative Spider-Man.<p>"I'm excited to get to the point where we don't have to have this conversation where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man," Garfield said during an interview with Mic while discussing the leaked …

Why Powerful Women Love Google—And Why They Leave It

Google shocked the business world this past spring when it snagged Ruth Porat to be its new chief financial officer. But as the inside story reveals, …