At Harvey Mudd College in California, about 40 percent of the computer science majors are women. That's far more than at any other co-ed school. And it's thanks in large part to the school's president, Maria Klawe. She has worked hard to keep women interested in computer science and empower them to succeed in the field.
Video game makers want their products to be as realistic as possible. Often, that means modeling virtual weapons on real ones, then buying permission to use real brand names. For gun makers, that brand placement is worth a lot more than the licensing fees they collect.
Comedian Paul F. Tompkins reviews Sleep Machine, an app that lulls users into rest and relaxation with ambient sounds — from lapping waves on the beach to morning birds to the hum of a running dishwasher or fan.
Only about 20 percent of all computer programmers are women, but one pioneering CEO is trying to change that. Blazing Cloud's Sarah Allen hopes that making women in the field more visible to each other will help young women see a path for themselves in this fast-growing profession.
Roughly one in four cell phone towers in the path of Hurricane Sandy went out of service. It was a frustrating and potentially dangerous experience for those customers without a landline to fall back on. Now, local officials and communications experts are pushing providers to improve their performance during natural disasters.
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