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Ada Lovelace Day — Bringing women in technology to the fore

Ada Lovelace Day — Bringing women in technology to the fore
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How to create Grid accordion with jQuery Accordions are a UI pattern where you click on a title (in a vertical stack of titles) and a panel of content reveals itself below. Typically, all other open panels close when the new one opens. They are a clever and engaging mechanism for packing a lot of information in a small space. Basic accordion from jQuery UI One way to look at an accordion is like a collapsed single column of a table. Another consideration in this table I was building is that there was enough columns that each individual column (should they have been equal width in the space available) wasn't very wide, maybe 150px. The Grid Accordion works with the same theory as most other accordions. You can view and download the example at the end of this article. HTML: Classic use of the definition list Accordions are perfect semantic examples of definition lists. <dl><dt>Title</dt><dd>Information about that title here</dd><dt>Another Title</dt><dd>Information about that other title here</dd></dl> This is a classic technique.

Earth - Why we do not sleep around all that much any more On first glance, sticking with one partner for life seems like quite a bad idea, at least from an evolutionary point of view. Sperm is plentiful and does not take long to make, so it would not benefit a male to invest in only one female, who will take a long time to reproduce. If monogamy is not that useful, why did it become a favoured way of life in so many cultures? A female can also benefit from having a variety of partners. For these reasons, monogamy is extremely rare among mammals and many other animal groups, as BBC Earth recently explained. The same is true of human societies, many of which permit taking several spouses, or "polygamy". So if monogamy is not that useful, why did it become a favoured way of life in so many cultures? A new analysis provides a possible reason. If you think a behaviour is not acceptable, you have to spend time protesting They argue that this change in lifestyle was socially imposed. His theory goes like this.

Geek Feminism Wiki Liminal states :: Diversity and technology conferences, part 1: We received 189 valid proposals for talks at Expo Showcase. A few people, men and women, submitted two proposals, but the vast majority submitted just one. Of these 189, only 41 (or 22% of the total) were from women, with 147 proposals submitted by men. I have no reason in particular to offer for this. Perhaps women would like to comment on this blog about why a two month open call for proposals for anyone with a good idea for a five minute talk about Government 2.0 was dominated by 78% men.– Mark Drapeau’s Government 2.0 Expo: Women by the Numbers The women in technology community has been doing a great job of highlighting lack of diversity in conference speakers, using mechanisms like the #diversityfail Twitter hashtag and Some context here: I’m writing this from the perspective of somebody who’s been a program committee member of the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference for the last couple years, and will be co-charing in 2010. jon

Google Wave 101 (Presentations from Scottish VLE groups) In the last couple of weeks I’ve given Google Wave presentations to the Scottish Blackboard User Group (Scot-BUG) and the Scottish Moodle User Group (SMUG). These have been designed to be introductory session Google Wave giving an overview of the technology and how it could be integrated into existing institutional systems like VLEs. This post contains follows the narrative I used for the presentations with some additional thoughts and resources. Here is the PowerPoint used for Scot-BUG and SMUG (some edits) The Wave Model Here’s a nice video from which gives a quick overview of Wave: The basic message is email works for basic communication but when you do anything which potentially involves more than two people it can get complicated. The Wave Interface The current Wave interface is entirely browser based and you don’t need any additional plugin’s for basic functionality (for drag and drop of files you need Google Gear’s installed). Basic Wave Interaction Extending Hosting

Are lab mice too cold? Why it matters for science A typical mouse laboratory is kept between 20 and 26 degrees C, but if the mice had it their way, it would be a warm 30 degrees C. While the mice are still considered healthy at cooler temperatures, they expend more energy to maintain their core temperature, and evidence is mounting that even mild chronic cold stress is skewing results in studies of cancer, inflammation, and more. Researchers review the evidence April 19 in Trends in Cancer. "Most people only look at results from experiments at standard lab temperatures," says Bonnie Hylander, an immunologist at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. There are multiple reasons to keep a mouse lab cool. A few years ago, Hylander and Elizabeth Repasky, an immunologist at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, along with their colleagues, began investigating the effects of cold stress on the mouse immune system's ability to fight tumors. But the answer isn't necessarily just turning up the thermostats. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert!

Girls Go Geek… Again! Computer science has always been a male-dominated field, right? Wrong. In 1987, 42% of the software developers in America were women. And 34% of the systems analysts in America were women. Women had started to flock to computer science in the mid-1960s, during the early days of computing, when men were already dominating other technical professions but had yet to dominate the world of computing. For about two decades, the percentages of women who earned Computer Science degrees rose steadily, peaking at 37% in 1984. In fact, for a hot second back in the mid-sixties, computer programming was actually portrayed as women’s work by the mass media. Don't worry, ladies. There were many reasons for the unusual influx of women into computer science. And then the women left. Why do we care about a long-gone moment in early computing history when the presence of women was unexceptional? Because it looks like women are now returning to computer science. Table 1. Go geek with us.

Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists Next: Introduction Why are There so Few Female Computer Scientists? © 1991 Ellen Spertus Abstract Women pursue education and careers in computer science far less frequently than men do. This is MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Technical Report 1315. VisualBlooms - home What Is it Like to Be a Bat? "What is it like to be a bat?" is a paper by American philosopher Thomas Nagel, first published in The Philosophical Review in October 1974, and later in Nagel's Mortal Questions (1979). In it, Nagel argues that materialist theories of mind omit the essential component of consciousness, namely that there is something that it is (or feels) like to be a particular, conscious thing.[1] He argued that an organism had conscious mental states, "if and only if there is something that it is like to be that organism—something it is like for the organism Summary[edit] The thesis attempts to refute reductionism (the philosophical position that a complex system is nothing more than the sum of its parts). Nagel begins by arguing that the conscious experience is widespread, present in many animals (particularly mammals), and that for an organism to have a conscious experience it must be special, in the sense that its qualia or "subjective character of experience" are unique. Criticisms[edit]

What Women Wish - What Women Wish Government 2.0 Expo Showcase: Women By the Numbers | Cheeky Fres While I was traveling the last few days, a minor controversy seemed to flame up about a lack of women in some of the Gov 2.0 events being planned by Tim O’Reilly and associated crew. They’re welcome to comment below, but I see no reason to call out individual people and their various comments. Here, I want to personally comment on an event I’ve been involved with planning for Tim during the last few months, and how women have intersected with it in interesting ways. I’m a scientist and I tend to deal with quantifying data as a mechanism for seeing patterns, and that’s what I intend to do in this brief post. As many of you know I’m the program committee co-chair for the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase that is happening the day before the Gov 2.0 Summit (everyone, men and women, are able to register, incidentally). We received 189 valid proposals for talks at Expo Showcase. Singling out Tim O’Reilly for critique is a bit narrow, and approaches what I’d call a low blow.

Tagxedo - Tag Cloud with Styles Why do consious beings exist? Thomas Nagel The philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks the materialist scientific worldview cannot explain consciousness. Is he right? Image: perpetualplum If we’re to believe science, we’re made of organs and cells. But what if science is fundamentally incapable of explaining our own existence as thinking things? For most philosophers, and many people in general, this is a radical departure from the way we understand things. Nagel’s pessimism about science’s ability to explain things like consciousness has a long history. Nagel’s argument has been criticised in a variety of ways. But this line of attack is hard to accept. Of course philosophers sympathetic to science have many ways to make this seem like a non-problem. Nagel, however, goes much further, which is what makes Mind and Cosmos interesting. By this stage Nagel’s argument might have begun to appear absurd. What sort of explanations are there for human consciousness? Another explanation looks to the theory of evolution.