wildcat2030:

Shreddies underwear filters your farts
Most of us break wind from time to time; it’s a natural function of a healthy body. It’s just a shame that farts generally smell bad enough that people will keep their distance if they suspect you’ve dropped one. The answer to this problem may lie in the material used in your underwear, with a technology used in chemical warfare suits providing the solution. This is according to Shreddies (no relation to the cereal), a British underwear manufacturer which now does a “flatulence-filtering” range of underpants for men and women. Aimed at anyone suffering from excessive flatulence, but particularly at people with digestive disorders such as IBS and Crohn’s disease, this new line of Shreddies could stop you gassing everyone in close proximity. The Shreddies filter out farts thanks to an activated carbon back panel made from Zorflex. This material is highly porous, so (the company claims) the odor vapors from the farts become trapped and neutralized before they reach the olfactory glands of any innocent bystanders in close proximity to the offending flatulence. We’ve already seen a similar product named 4SKINS, while the same technology can be found in the Better Marriage Blanket. Still, you can never have too much protection against the menace of smelly omissions. Both the men’s and women’s Shreddies come in a range of different styles and start at US$40 and $30 respectively … which is surely a small price to pay for the pleasure of farting without fear. (via Shreddies underwear filters your farts)

wildcat2030:

Shreddies underwear filters your farts

Most of us break wind from time to time; it’s a natural function of a healthy body. It’s just a shame that farts generally smell bad enough that people will keep their distance if they suspect you’ve dropped one. The answer to this problem may lie in the material used in your underwear, with a technology used in chemical warfare suits providing the solution. This is according to Shreddies (no relation to the cereal), a British underwear manufacturer which now does a “flatulence-filtering” range of underpants for men and women. Aimed at anyone suffering from excessive flatulence, but particularly at people with digestive disorders such as IBS and Crohn’s disease, this new line of Shreddies could stop you gassing everyone in close proximity. The Shreddies filter out farts thanks to an activated carbon back panel made from Zorflex. This material is highly porous, so (the company claims) the odor vapors from the farts become trapped and neutralized before they reach the olfactory glands of any innocent bystanders in close proximity to the offending flatulence. We’ve already seen a similar product named 4SKINS, while the same technology can be found in the Better Marriage Blanket. Still, you can never have too much protection against the menace of smelly omissions. Both the men’s and women’s Shreddies come in a range of different styles and start at US$40 and $30 respectively … which is surely a small price to pay for the pleasure of farting without fear. (via Shreddies underwear filters your farts)

Stowe Boyd: NY Times Loses The Hyphen In Email

stoweboyd:

The NY Times, the guardian of old-fashioned journalistic English, has acceded to the incremental vocabulary changes caused by the internet, although they still insist it is the ‘Internet’:

Eric Levenson, 'To Tweet' and 'Email' Are Now Fit to Print at The New York Times

e-mail is now email.

dailyscientists:

October 15th is the Ada Lovelace Day, an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science and technology.

Ada Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), often described as the world’s first computer programmer, showed a keen interest in mathematical studies from an early age and was taught by her mother, Annabella, who was also a gifted mathematician.

In correspondence with Charles Babbage, who was working on the ideas for a machine that is now recognised as a forerunner of the modern computer, Ada demonstrated her gift for mathematics and was described by him as “the enchantress of numbers”.

She was introduced to him by another female scientist famous in her day, the mathematician Mary Somerville, who mentored Ada during her relatively short life.

Babbage was impressed by the mathematical skills Ada possessed and invited her to translate a piece in Italian written by Luigi Menabrea describing Babbage’s ‘analytical engine’, so that it could be published in England.

Her notes include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, while she also speculated on its future ability to create graphics and complex music.

Born in 1815, she had no relationship with her father, who died when she was eight. In 1835, she married William King, who was created Earl of Lovelace in 1838. She died in 1852 at the age of 36.

Her lasting legacy as role model for girls and young women considering careers in technology is remembered on Ada Lovelace Day, which is dedicated to the celebration of the achievements of women in science and technology. (Source: http://www.theguardian.com)

(via iamlittlei)

"You know, the kids in my class, they’ve never heard of quicksand."

The sentence that sent reporter Dan Engber on a quest to figure out, well, what the hell happened to quicksand.  Follow him down the rabbit hole in our new short. (via wnycradiolab)

Women Rock Science: Female Science writer gets called a Whore for saying NO to working for free

breatheinsolitude:

womenrockscience:

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This is Biologist Dr Danielle N. Lee also known as the Urban Scientist at Scientific American, she “draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups.” Biology-Online liked her work so much they wanted her to write for them……for free….

A) Dr Lee is a fantastic science writer.

B) Dr Lee is a fantastic science writer bringing urban perspectives and minority perspectives.

C) Dr Lee is also fantastic about bringing science to the general public in words they can get behind but also relating it to their lives in ways most can’t.

So what the hell is wrong with people today!?! Seriously, what happened to professionalism? *shakes fist* Speak up and follow her lead. Things like this should never be tolerated. And SciAm? Man up… or in this case, Woman Up. You’re just as bad for censuring the harassment of a woman in science.

(via iamlittlei)

How Harvey Mudd Transformed Its Computer Science Program — And Nearly Closed Its Gender Gap

(Source: women-in-science)

Libertarian Billionaires Paying For Daycare Won't Bridge The Science Gender Gap

women-in-science:

Oh hey, look at this really gross article I stumbled across!  Apparently the huge gender gap in the STEM fields isn’t due to the centuries of gender discrimination and ongoing boys club mentality of many STEM disciplines.  Nope.  It is totally because those of us with lady parts just aren’t good at science! Or in the words of the author, “the real reason fewer women pursue STEM degrees, which is largely a function of biological differences.”  Well, glad some contributor at Forbes with no science background could clear that one up for us.

On a more serious note, I also tend to agree with the sentiment that a super fancy daycare center is not going to encourage more women to go into STEM - but for entirely different reasons (and I use this term as loosely as possible) than the author of this above “article” (again, using the term loosely).  The reason that such initiatives won’t fix the gender gap in the sciences is that it fails to address the many other reasons women feel like they don’t have a home in the STEM world.  And not to mention that this is happening on the campus of MIT and I would wager that the majority of soon-to-be or current undergrads and even a good number of grad students are not looking at the quality of the daycare on campus as a deciding factor in either their choice of school or academic program.  

Also, if you really want a good lol, check out the rest of this Forbes contributor’s articles.  You could probably make a neat little drinking game where you down a shot of something every time she makes a shameless plug for her conservative women’s organization (yes, you read that correctly).  Hell, maybe I will start my own little study to see how much alcohol you have to consume to make any of her nonsense seem plausible.  Too bad I have a lady-brain and am therefore not biologically apt enough to do so.  One of my male followers may have to take this one up for me … 

thenewenlightenmentage:

Biology’s Big Problem: There’s Too Much Data to Handle
Twenty years ago, sequencing the human genome was one of the most ambitious science projects ever attempted. Today, compared to the collection of genomes of the microorganisms living in our bodies, the ocean, the soil and elsewhere, each human genome, which easily fits on a DVD, is comparatively simple. Its 3 billion DNA base pairs and about 20,000 genes seem paltry next to the roughly 100 billion bases and millions of genes that make up the microbes found in the human body.
And a host of other variables accompanies that microbial DNA, including the age and health status of the microbial host, when and where the sample was collected, and how it was collected and processed. Take the mouth, populated by hundreds of species of microbes, with as many as tens of thousands of organisms living on each tooth. Beyond the challenges of analyzing all of these, scientists need to figure out how to reliably and reproducibly characterize the environment where they collect the data.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Biology’s Big Problem: There’s Too Much Data to Handle

Twenty years ago, sequencing the human genome was one of the most ambitious science projects ever attempted. Today, compared to the collection of genomes of the microorganisms living in our bodies, the ocean, the soil and elsewhere, each human genome, which easily fits on a DVD, is comparatively simple. Its 3 billion DNA base pairs and about 20,000 genes seem paltry next to the roughly 100 billion bases and millions of genes that make up the microbes found in the human body.

And a host of other variables accompanies that microbial DNA, including the age and health status of the microbial host, when and where the sample was collected, and how it was collected and processed. Take the mouth, populated by hundreds of species of microbes, with as many as tens of thousands of organisms living on each tooth. Beyond the challenges of analyzing all of these, scientists need to figure out how to reliably and reproducibly characterize the environment where they collect the data.

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browngirls4bindis:

Vandana Shiva, one of India’s top physicists & a world-renowned environmentalist.
She hold a masters in the philosophy of science, a PhD in the philosophy of particle physics, and is a huge proponent of the ecofeminism movement.

browngirls4bindis:

Vandana Shiva, one of India’s top physicists & a world-renowned environmentalist.

She hold a masters in the philosophy of science, a PhD in the philosophy of particle physics, and is a huge proponent of the ecofeminism movement.

(via gender-and-science)