Only a few kids in the fourth-period girls’ PE class noticed the new student. She had long black hair and mahogany eyes, and when she walked into the gym, she sat by herself in the bleachers, staring curiously at the other girls in their shorts and T-shirts doing jumping jacks and push-ups. She seemed a little lost, unsure what she was supposed to be doing. It was September 11, 2017, and after two weeks of cancellations caused by Hurricane Harvey, classes had resumed at Santa Fe High School, some 35 miles south of Houston. Just before fourth period came to an end, one of the students approached the girl in the stands. She had straw-blond hair and turquoise eyes, and she wore a blue T-shirt with a Bible verse, Matthew 4:19, printed on the front in white: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The girl with the blond hair smiled. “I’m Jaelyn,” she said. The girl with the black hair smiled back. “I’m Sabika.” … [Read more...] about Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Santa Fe High
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The Secret History of Women in Coding Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong? Mary Allen Wilkes with a LINC at M.I.T., where she was a programmer. Credit Credit Joseph C. Towler, Jr. Supported by ByClive Thompson Feb. 13, 2019 As a teenager in Maryland in the 1950s, Mary Allen Wilkes had no plans to become a software pioneer — she dreamed of being a litigator. One day in junior high in 1950, though, her geography teacher surprised her with a comment: “Mary Allen, when you grow up, you should be a computer programmer!” Wilkes had no idea what a programmer was; she wasn’t even sure what a computer was. Relatively few Americans were. The first digital computers had been built barely a decade earlier at universities and in government labs. By the time she was graduating from Wellesley College in … [Read more...] about The Secret History of Women in Coding
How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The extravagant splendor of the animal kingdom can’t be explained by natural selection alone — so how did it come to be? A male Indian peafowl. Credit Credit Kenji Aoki for The New York Times Supported by ByFerris Jabr Jan. 9, 2019 A male flame bowerbird is a creature of incandescent beauty. The hue of his plumage transitions seamlessly from molten red to sunshine yellow. But that radiance is not enough to attract a mate. When males of most bowerbird species are ready to begin courting, they set about building the structure for which they are named: an assemblage of twigs shaped into a spire, corridor or hut. They decorate their bowers with scores of colorful objects, like flowers, berries, snail shells or, if they are near an urban area, bottle caps and plastic cutlery. Some bowerbirds even arrange the … [Read more...] about How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution
Ross D. Franklin/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by ProPublica. Christmas wasn’t going to be much this year at the Maldonados’ tiny home in eastern El Salvador. Then 6-year-old Wilder arrived, lugging a duffel bag fat with the brightly colored remnants of his brief life in the United States—time he’d spent separated from his father by immigration authorities. Suddenly, the two shabby rooms with dirt floors and drab adobe walls turned festive. As a pot of chicken stew simmered on a wood-burning stove, a group of barefoot children rummaged with glee through the big black bag, pulling out treasures. Two-year-old Kevien claimed the Spider-Man pajamas and the talking Spider-Man mask that said things like, “Look out, it’s web-slinging time!” Darwin, a neighbor’s kid, posed in a pair of red Spider-Man glasses with silvery-white webs and blinking lights on the frames. … [Read more...] about Here’s What It’s Like for an Immigrant Child to Have a Glimpse of the American Dream, Then Have It Taken Away
Elizabeth Bruenig, The Washington Post Published 9:17 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 Amber Wyatt got married in March and is completing an undergraduate psychology program at Texas State University. Amber Wyatt got married in March and is completing an undergraduate psychology program at Texas State University. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Voisard Amber Wyatt is back in school and married to Stephen Wilson, whom she encountered during her recovery. The couple is seen with their dog, Stitch, in San Marcos, Texas. Amber Wyatt is back in school and married to Stephen Wilson, whom she encountered during her recovery. The couple is seen with their dog, Stitch, in San Marcos, Texas. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Amanda Voisard A ladder leads to the loft of the shed where Amber Wyatt reported she was raped, in a 2006 evidence … [Read more...] about Teen reported 2006 rape. Then nothing happened. In #MeToo era, what do we owe her?