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Dollhouse 2.0: Roominate Lets Girls Play Architect, Designer, and Technologist

Could a toy that encourages girls towards STEM be the best way to balace the gender gap in these fields?

Year after year, three female students sat through college engineering and math classes asking themselves the same question—where are the girls? The students—Jennifer Kessler, Alice, Brooks, and Bettina Chen—realized they all shared childhood experiences that drew them to technology, business, and math, fields typically dominated by men despite women’s educational asecendence. So they invented a toy girls can build from the ground up to inspire them to take on male-dominated fields.

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Images from CERN's Mini Big Bang

After a bumpy beginning, the Large Hadron Collider is finally delivering on its promise of blowing our minds.


After a bumpy beginning, the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most enormous and highest-energy particle accelerator, is finally delivering on its promise of blowing our minds.

This week, physicists smashed lead ions together in the accelerator for the first time, causing a collision that produced temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the sun. "What we're doing is reproducing the conditions that existed at the very early universe, a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang," Michael Tuts, a Columbia University physicist, told CNN.

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