"In 2003, Columbia Business School professor Frank Flynn and New York University professor Cameron Anderson ran an experiment. They started with a Harvard Business School case study about a real-life entrepreneur named Heidi Roizen. It described how Roizen became a successful venture capitalist by using her “outgoing personality … and vast personal and professional network … [which] included many of the most powerful business leaders in the technology sector.” Half the students in the experiment were assigned to read Heidi’s story. The other half got the same story with just one difference—the name was changed from Heidi to Howard.

When students were polled, they rated Heidi and Howard as equally competent. But Howard came across as a more appealing colleague. Heidi was seen as selfish and not “the type of person you would want to hire or work for.” This experiment supports what research has already clearly shown: success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.

—Sheryl Sandberg, Why I Want Women to Lean In

Monday, April 15, 2013

Girls Who Code is among the recent crop of programs aiming to close the gender gap in tech by intervening early, when young women are deciding what they want to study. With names like Hackbright Academy, Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code and Girls Teaching Girls to Code, these groups try to present a more exciting image of computer science.
Opening a Gateway for Girls to Enter the Computer Field


Girls Who Code is among the recent crop of programs aiming to close the gender gap in tech by intervening early, when young women are deciding what they want to study. With names like Hackbright Academy, Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code and Girls Teaching Girls to Code, these groups try to present a more exciting image of computer science.

Opening a Gateway for Girls to Enter the Computer Field

OK Glass, tell me, are we finally approaching a futuristic era where technology becomes embedded into nature and our humanly experiences? This new product is both astounding and ingenious, as well as shocking and alarming. Nevertheless, this is an amazing advancement in technology, do check out the video to learn more about the Google Glass!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

“’We’re entering a really exciting area where we can develop all sorts of very complicated technologies that can actually have biomedical applications and improve the quality of life for people,’ says bioengineer Grégoire Courtine of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. ‘It’s a revolution.’

This was a big year for prosthetic parts, both in and out of the lab. Athletes in London for the Paralympics and the Olympics sprinted on high-tech carbon blades and hurled javelins while balancing on the microprocessor-controlled C-Leg. People in wheelchairs used battery-powered robotic suits to keep their lower limbs in shape. A young man who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident climbed the 103 flights of stairs in Chicago’s Willis Tower with a thought-controlled limb. That technology is still in development. But some bionic add-ons are starting to come out of the lab and into the clinic for the first time, though costs remain prohibitive for many potential users…

Work by Courtine and colleagues has [also] hinted at a different kind of sci-fi–like future — one with no need for bionics. Their research showed the potential of restoring function to limbs without using prosthetics at all. Rats paralyzed by spinal cord injuries were able to walk, run and even climb stairs after weeks of treatment combining drugs and electric shocks to the spine with physical therapy on treadmills (SN: 6/30/12, p. 5). But it wasn’t just technology that made the feat possible; the research showed the importance of that intangible thing called motivation. The rats who learned to walk were the ones that really wanted it; those trained without a tempting treat never learned to walk.”

Cr: ScienceNews.org

Friday, December 28, 2012


There is actually more truth to the myth of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer than we think, and scientists show us that “a fraction of reindeer—the species of deer scientifically known as Rangifer tarandus, native to Arctic regions in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia—actually do have noses colored with a distinctive red hue.” 

"A group of researchers from the Netherlands and Norway have systematically looked into the reason for this unusual coloration for the first time. Their study, published yesterday in the online medical journal BMJ, indicates that the color is due to an extremely dense array of blood vessels, packed into the nose in order to supply blood and regulate body temperature in extreme environments.

'These results highlight the intrinsic physiological properties of Rudolph’s legendary luminous red nose,' write the study’s authors. '[They] help to protect it from freezing during sleigh rides and to regulate the temperature of the reindeer’s brain, factors essential for flying reindeer pulling Santa Claus’s sleigh under extreme temperatures.'”

Credit: Smithsonian Magazine

Sunday, December 23, 2012


The lack of women in technology and entrepreneurship in Latin American countries is a more pressing and evident issue than in the US and Europe. The society simply does not expect women to enter technical fields and hard sciences, and there are few resources assisting or supporting those who strive to succeed in entrepreneurship. However, the country of Chile has shown gradual signs of change and has begun to foster women’s presence in the start-up scene.

Among the earlier female entrepreneurs is May Alba, co-founder of Rubberit, “a web platform that allows people to buy condoms online through monthly subscription”. Rubberit works with DKT International to donate condoms to the poorest communities in Mexico for every condom that is bought through Rubberit. Originally, Alba structured her start-up as an NGO to distribute condoms for free but later developed her idea into an online subscription service. Alba and her brother and technical co-founder ran into many challenges, such as packaging and distribution, but they’re still continuing to fight strong against the prevalent and critical issues of teen pregnancy and AIDS. Says Alba, failure is an option only if they find another, more effective way to get condoms to everyone who needs them.

Credit: Techcrunch.com

Google came out with this Chrome experiments about a month back, but it still blows my mind today exploring this trip to the beyond. For those of you who haven’t seen this, do check it out. It’s an extraterrestrial and interactive 3-D experience. Google truly does ‘cool things that matter’.

And to all college students at Columbia University and beyond:

GOOD LUCK ON FINALS! You’ve got this. Columbia SWE wishes you the best of luck and an amazing well-deserved break afterwards! Own those exams.

Image Credit: Kissu-edits at Tumblr.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Persi Diaconis is a professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University and, formerly, a professional magician. He is dabbled in the worlds of card games and coin games. What he and his fellow researchers discovered is that most games of chance involving coins aren’t as even as you’d think. For example, even the 50/50 coin toss really isn’t 50/50 — it’s closer to 51/49, biased toward whatever side was up when the coin was thrown into the air.

But more incredibly, as reported by Science News, spinning a penny, in this case one with the Lincoln Memorial on the back, gives even more pronounced odds — the penny will land tails side up roughly 80 percent of the time. The reason: the side with Lincoln’s head on it is a bit heavier than the flip side, causing the coin’s center of mass to lie slightly toward heads.  

Because the coins typically pick up dirt and oils over time, trying the experiment at home may not yield such a large percentage of “tails” over “heads” — but a relatively new coin should still give you noticeable results.”

Credit: Smithsonian Magazine

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Apple is now developing a crazy, new way for you rock on while saving electricity. Some amazing features of this iRock: 

  • You can recharge any Apple device.
  • Rocking for 60 minutes can charge your iPad from 3 to 35%.
  • iRock is made from Pine wood and will aim to be available in multiple colors.
  • Has built-in speakers.
  • Length: 1200 mm
  • Height: 1150 mm
  • Weight: 18kg
  • Can be purchased for $1,300.

Check out the website for the New York based startup, led by an all-female team, that was introduced below. The tutorials look amazing, very simple to comprehend, and very comprehensive of most basic web and tech terms! Check out their daily newsletter too! www.skillcrush.com

Saturday, December 8, 2012