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Kids are drawing more female scientists than ever before

17 hours 33 min ago

Imagine asking a classroom full of elementary school students to draw a scientist. Now try to guess how many of them would sketch a female or male scientist. 

In the decade that spanned 1966 to 1977, teachers across the country gave 4,800 elementary school students this exact task in what became known as the Draw-A-Scientist study. Then a researcher named David Wade Chambers analyzed the drawings. What he found, in 1983, might not surprise you: Only 28 of the children drew a female scientist — and those students were all girls. That amounted to less than one percent of all students.

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Climate change could force millions of people to move within countries

Monday Mar 19th 2018

While conflict and economic reasons are often the biggest factors for people moving within countries, climate change will soon have its own part to play.

By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges, according to a new report.

SEE ALSO: What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change

World Bank report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration analyses the effects climate change will have on three regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, a group that represents 55 percent of the world's developing population. Read more...

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Hot cross bun cones are the Frankenfectionery we're here for this Easter

Monday Mar 19th 2018

While Easter is a religious occasion, for most of us it's about an avalanche of sugary treats. But while chocolate rabbits and Easter eggs are the traditional go-tos, one innovative team has created a new kind of Frankenfection.

Fusing Easter's traditional hot cross bun with an ice cream cone, Giapo's R&D Kitchen in Auckland has created the "Hot Cross Bun Cone."

Spiced sweet buns topped with a cross to reference the crucifixion of Jesus, hot cross buns are a traditional Easter food to mark the end of Lent — they're mostly eaten on Good Friday, but some folks eat them all Easter long. While they're not super prevalent in the U.S., you'll find many folks eating them in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and South Africa. Read more...

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4th nor'easter this month takes aim at East Coast with jet stream stuck on repeat

Monday Mar 19th 2018

The calendar may say it's the first day of spring, but it will seem more like the movie Groundhog Day along the East Coast on Tuesday. The fourth nor'easter in just three weeks will begin to take shape across the Mid-Atlantic, as the first of two waves of low pressure spreads a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain from West Virginia to Delaware. 

The main show, though, appears to be set for Tuesday night through Wednesday night, possibly into part of Thursday, from Washington, D.C. northeastward to Boston. Once again, an atmospheric disturbance diving out of Canada and across parts of the U.S. will spawn an intensifying area of low pressure just off the Mid-Atlantic coast.  Read more...

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Facebook created a tool to hide your data from apps but it never launched

Monday Mar 19th 2018

One of the most startling revelations of Facebook's ongoing Cambridge Analytica controversy is just how easy it was for a third-party developer to access millions of people's personal data without their knowledge — even if they hadn't downloaded the app themselves.

That's because Facebook's policies prior to 2014 were much more lax than they are today. At the time, apps could scrape data from both their users and the friends of those users, unless you had your privacy setting sufficiently locked down.

The company actually built an "Anonymous Login" tool that was specifically created so that Facebook users could log into third-party services without making all of their data available to developers.  Read more...

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No, Stormy Daniels' lawyer didn't say he has Trump dick pics

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Chill out, everyone. 

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, didn't just claim he had a picture of Trump's orange wang. (Sorry, allegedly orange.) 

SEE ALSO: Stormy Daniels is crowdfunding her lawsuit against Donald Trump because 2018 is wild

A bunch of people on Twitter freaked out after this tweet went viral.

Stormy’s Lawyer on MSNBC. I’ll paraphrase. “We have photos of Trump’s penis”.

— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) March 19, 2018

Even Chrissy Teigen, who is the official queen of the internet, shared her opinion on the matter. 

*vomits* we’ll semi-hard pass, thanks

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 19, 2018

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VW will race its all-electric prototype in the Rocky Mountains

Monday Mar 19th 2018

The "Race to the Clouds" is on and Volkswagen is putting its all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype racing car to the test.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains is a 100-plus year tradition that races vehicles on a 12.4-mile route up to 14,115 feet above sea level with more than 100 turns to navigate. Volkswagen last competed in 1987 with a dual-engine Golf.

SEE ALSO: Volkswagen's I.D. Vizzion concept is a self-driving, electric dream car

The German carmaker announced Monday that this year, it'll be racing the newest concept from its electric I.D. family. The self-driving, electric concept I.D. Vizzion was presented at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.  Read more...

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Cambridge Analytica CEO talks bribery and honeypots on hidden camera

Monday Mar 19th 2018

ProTip: When discussing nefarious techniques to entrap politicians and swing elections, first make sure you're not secretly being filmed. 

That, apparently, was a memo the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, missed. The executive was caught on film by investigators with London's Channel 4 News discussing all the ways his company can influence elections around the world — and it's not pretty. 

SEE ALSO: It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

The entire report is worth a watch (it's embedded below), and it suggests that Nix's own damning words will be held against him for some time. Just how bad are those aforementioned words? We're glad you asked. In the video, Nix discussed bribing politicians while secretly filming them and sending Ukrainian escorts to the homes of political candidates.  Read more...

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Facebook's latest scandal knocked $40 billion off its market value

Monday Mar 19th 2018

It's not a great time to own Facebook stock.

The social media company's market valuation fell by roughly $40 billion on Monday following the revelation that the Trump-linked, U.K.-based company Cambridge Analytica harvested information from 50 million Facebook profiles without user consent.

The company's stock price was down 6.8 percent by the end of the day, marking the worst day the stock has had since March 2014.

SEE ALSO: Democratic Senator launches inquiry into Facebook’s data-sharing policy

The decline is one of the biggest percentage drops to ever occur for the social network's stock, and according the Wall Street Journal, the decline also knocked Facebook out of the S&P 500's five biggest market caps. The distinction of the S&P 500's biggest five is now held by Apple, Google's parent company Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, and Berkshire Hathaway. Read more...

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Zuckerberg’s silence reminds us that, in his eyes, we’re all just 'dumb f*cks'

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Facebook's getting rocked by yet another electioneering crisis, but we still haven't heard anything from its commander-in-chief.

Mark Zuckerberg has yet to issue a public statement following revelations this weekend that a Trump-aligned data firm was able to abuse his platform to manipulate 50 million people. The Facebook CEO commands massive reach on his public profile page, and he's frequently used it to weigh in on business matters, including his social network's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

But as of Monday afternoon, the most recent public post on Zuckerberg's profile is from two weeks ago, when he and his wife Priscilla Chan celebrated Purim.  Read more...

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Daphne the giant inflatable duck is safe after a week lost at sea

Monday Mar 19th 2018

You can breathe again, everyone: Daphne the duck is safe! 

A beloved member of the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club in Australia, the giant rubber duck was supposed to be the star of an annual ocean swimming competition, but strong winds pulled her from her post and into the Indian Ocean. She was last seen at Coogee Beach in Perth on Mar. 11, just before the swimming competition took place. 

SEE ALSO: Investigation reveals that Australians didn't vote for Ferry McFerryface

The swimming event's organizers asked for leads on Daphne's disappearance via Facebook, offering swim passes and souvenirs for her safe return.  Read more...

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Break out your 'SATC' jokes, Cynthia Nixon is running for New York governor

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Aside from the (very depressing, long drawn-out) drama between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrell, opportunities to break out our best Sex and the City jokes are few and far between.

But now, loyal HBO viewers, we have our chance: Cynthia Nixon of SATC fame announced Monday that she will run for governor of New York. 

Miranda 2018!

SEE ALSO: 'Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon announced a run for New York governor and I can see clearly now, the rain is gone

I love New York, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor. Join us:

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018

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Citizen scientists discovered a strange glow in the sky, and then named it Steve

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Sky watchers discovered a glowing purple, aurora-like phenomenon. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center confirmed the discovery, caused by fast-moving ions, and officially named it STEVE. Really. Read more...

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Find True Love With This Kanye West Dating App

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Kanye superfan Harry Dry, attempted to create a Kanye West-inspired dating app that allows users to connect via their shared love of the iconic rapper. Unfortunately, the funding goal for 'Yeezy Dating' was not reached, leaving us all in a 'Love Lockdown.' Read more...

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Here's what you need to do before you break up with Facebook

Monday Mar 19th 2018

So, you want to free yourself from Facebook.

Let's be real, we all want to do it. But few of us actually ever do, because whether you like to admit it or not, a lot of your life likely relies on it. Whether it's keeping up with friends' birthdays, or keeping in touch with a relative who lives across the country, there are a number of factors that probably keep you using the service. Breaking up with Facebook is a lot harder than you think.

SEE ALSO: It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

But after news broke this weekend of how a firm called Cambridge Analytica managed to collect data on 50 million Facebook users as part of an effort to influence votes in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, there's no better time to protect yourself and your information from the tech giant. Even if deleting your Facebook account won't completely free you from the company's grip. Read more...

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'Love, Simon' unites diverse audiences through a relatable genre and tone

Monday Mar 19th 2018

The internet is reacting very positively to gay teen rom-com Love, Simon, praising its ability to entertain while inciting change for LGBTQ+ communities. Read more...

More about Twitter, Film, Movies, Internet, and Mashable Video

Petition calls for Matt Smith to donate his pay disparity from 'The Crown'

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Following the recent reveal that Matt Smith out-earned Claire Foy on The Crown – even though Foy was the true lead of the series – fans are calling on Smith to help even the score. 

A Care2 petition is asking Smith and Netflix to donate the difference in Smith and Foy's paychecks to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, as a way to "make up for this sexist pay gap." At time of writing, the campaign has over 24,000 signatures.

SEE ALSO: Want to be mad? Claire Foy made less than Matt Smith on 'The Crown'

Smith and Netflix did not respond to Mashable's requests for comment. 

News of the pay disparity emerged last week, when producers admitted during a panel that Smith was paid more in large part due to his Doctor Who fame.  Read more...

More about Tv, The Crown, Matt Smith, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows

I didn't hear the word 'Trump' for 4 days, and I very much recommend it

Monday Mar 19th 2018

You have to try pretty hard to escape hearing Donald Trump's name for four days, but I promise it is really worth the effort.

Last week, I disappeared, along with a large group of friends, into Joshua Tree National Park for a long camping weekend of moderate boozing, unhealthy eating, and staying completely away from politics. A Trump ban wasn't something that the 20 of us agreed on beforehand. (It would have been impossible as we were sharing the campground with another 1,200 people.) But we had no TVs, no radios, and very limited access to the internet, and it just so happened that for four whole, blessed days, I didn't hear the word "Trump" once.  Read more...

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You're more likely to get the flu from a sick flight attendant than a sick passenger: study

Monday Mar 19th 2018

Air travel is often depicted as a spreader of diseases around the world, given that it squeezes lots of people into a small space. However, a new study shows that you're not likely to get the flu from a passenger seated more than 1 meter, or 3.3 feet, away from you. 

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, claims to be the first to rigorously test the spread of viruses — specifically influenza — that are transmitted via large droplets, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

Researchers from Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Boeing employed teams of observers in pairs, sitting every five rows down in economy class in single-aisle aircraft during 10 transcontinental flights in 2012 and 2013. These observers watched and recorded the movements of passengers during the flight using an iPad app.  Read more...

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Escaping Facebook takes more than just deleting your account

Monday Mar 19th 2018

So Facebook is bad, and you've decided to quit

There's just one, rather large problem: When it comes to the social media giant, quitting is not the same thing as being free. That's because over its 14 years in existence, Facebook has aggressively wormed its way into the lives of its users — both current and past. 

And the company knows way more about you than just what you've intentionally shared. 

SEE ALSO: It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

The most prominent example of this is the so-called shadow profile. It was revealed in 2013 that the company's profiles of its users included information outside of the normal scope of a Facebook account. Things like your non-Facebook associated email or your phone number — even if you've never purposefully handed it over — are likely on the company's servers and pegged to your real-world identity.  Read more...

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