Sunday 1 September 2013


 Photo: Getty Images via The Huffington Post.

28 Female Thinkers You Should Know, Even If Wired Magazine Doesn't. Wired magazine  recently released "101 Signals" list of the "best reporters, writers and thinkers on the Internet -- the people who understand what's happening," but some have claimed that the list includes very few women. Katie Baker's states in her Jezebel post on the list, "Wired Magazine Doesn't Think Women Have Brains: 'There are ZERO women featured on the "Government and Security" list, one woman capable of delivering "high-value" "Business" information, one woman who understands "Design" (unless you count the Venus De Milo reference) and two women who get call-outs under "Consumer Technology"'. Read full article in The Huffington Post.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via The Independent.

If you are the kind of person that always complaint about over friendly cab drivers, this is good news for you: Google is considering using their self-driving cars to create an autonomous 'robo-taxi' service. You asked for it (or maybe not), you got it. The self-driving vehicles would pick-up and drop-off passengers without human intervention, and would presumably be paired with a mobile application. Read full article in The Independent.

Julia Kirby states in the Harvard Business Review Blog that in the United States, 'there is a terrible anxiety about losing the innovative edge that has been our source of competitive advantage and can be our only salvation', that anxiety leads to a very interesting debate about leadership in innovation. Read the post in HBR Blog.

Image: Bdelloid Rotifers, all-female animals that live in ponds, have reproduced without sex for millions of years. Diego Fontaneto via Wikipedia

Popular Science asks: What's the point of sex? And the answer starts like this: it may seem obvious. But in evolutionary terms, the benefits of sexual reproduction are not immediately clear. Male rhinoceros beetles grow huge, unwieldy horns half the length of their body that they use to fight for females. Ribbon-tailed birds of paradise produce outlandish plumage to attract a mate. Darwin was bothered by such traits, since his theory of evolution couldn’t completely explain them (“The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me feel sick!” he wrote to a friend). Read full article here.

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