Underrepresentation of Women Bad News for Tech Startups...

Despite the fact that 200,000 new tech jobs were formed in 2016, women are still severely underrepresented in the industry. Startups are popping up all over the country, and in California in particular, but recent studies have shown that the majority of women in tech would rather work anywhere else. Startups have somehow managed to isolate women even more than the tech industry has in the past. A recent study by Women Who Code (WWC) in partnership with Pluralsight reveals that there are several reasons few women are interested in joining the many freshly budding startup companies. One reason is simply that women are not as interested in the benefits that startups are likely to offer employees. Larger companies are more inclined to offer flexible work schedules, while startups usually offer benefits that highlight stock options. WWC CEO Alaina Percival suggests that women value their spare time more and are more “interested in nurturing other aspects of their lives.” Flexible hours relate to the amount of time a person can spend with her family. Percival argues that this is a major reason why women are showing little interest in startup lifestyles. Unfortunately, the United States has no federally mandated maternity leave, so companies that can offer this benefit are more attractive to mothers. Simply put, startups do not always share the same values held by many women in the workforce. Percival finds this troubling, saying, “What we want to do, especially through this report, is let those companies know — because those companies absolutely want to hire the 50,000 technical women from our organization — let them know that these are the kinds of things that women value and if you can put them in place faster, you’re more likely to attract women engineers.”...

How Did European Carmakers Beat Their Emissions Targets?...

This April the European Environment Agency of the European Union announced that automakers there actually came in below the reduced emissions target set by regulators. In 2015, new cars sold in the 28 EU member countries emitted 119.6 grams of CO2 per kilometer on average, a full eight percentage points below the year’s target rate. In total, European carmakers reduced emissions by 3% compared to 2014. The European strategy is two-fold: downsize engines and reduce overall vehicle weight, a process known as lightweighting. Unfortunately, lightweighting has had some unintended consequences. One of the easiest ways for carmakers to reduce weight is by eliminating parts that dampen road noise, which is why so many new cars are far louder than consumers are used to. Unfortunately, many consumers now expect cars to be quiet enough to accommodate cell phone conversations and Bluetooth technology, which isn’t possible if the vehicle interior sounds like a race track. In the 1990s carmakers in the United States began using mass backing, an insulating material bonded to the vehicle’s molded carpet. Mass backing provided sound protection, heat insulation, and a luxury aesthetic. In the era of lightweighting, components like these are quickly flying out the window, along with once standard features like spare tires or acoustic panels. At the 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference, auto industry experts described a lighter car seat as the “holy grail” of lightweighting, and carmakers will seemingly do anything to meet new fuel-economy mandates (ahem, Volkswagen). So far, it looks like these efforts are paying off, at least according to the latest emissions figures from the European Union. Still, the auto industry faces an uphill battle moving forward. In Europe, the target emission for 2021 is just 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer, and the industry may...

Art Inspired By Richard III’s Skull Is On Exhibit In London...

Richard III had a long and dramatic life — and even after his death, his remains are experiencing celebrity status. The king’s remains were found during an archaeological excavation in 2012, under a city council parking lot in Leicester at a site that had once been a Medieval friary. After extensive DNA testing, the team at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services announced that they had found King Richard III. Now, a series of portraits based on X-ray images of the king’s skull are set to go on display in London. British artist Alexander De Cadenet, who has created the images, is known for his skull portraits. The X-rays are from the University of Leicester analysis of the royal remains. High quality X-rays, which can be taken as fast as 30 frames per second, were used to create records for extensive scientific analysis. “I am extremely grateful to the University of Leicester for allowing me access to the X-ray scans, without which this creation would not be possible,” said De Cadenet. “His remains have been discussed and analyzed in such scientific detail, I felt he was an extremely appropriate subject to be present as his skull is likely the most recognizable and iconic in the world today.” The first of a six-portrait series will go on display at a gallery in London, from April 14 until April 25. Indeed, Richard III has already stirred the creative minds — a facial reconstruction was commissioned by the Richard III Society, and a large photo-mosaic portrait was revealed on the first anniversary of his discovery. History and literature enthusiasts were aghast — and fascinated — when medical scanners found that the king had died of devastating injuries. Two large wounds were found at the base of his...

‘Terrorist Sounding’ Dog’s Name Leads to Bank Freezing Man’s Online payments...

In the United States, about 26% of people admit to not making their payments on time. There are many reasons why people miss payments, but for Bruce Francis of San Francisco, his reason is more of a rarity after Chase Bank misunderstood the memo line on his check. The Huffington Post reports that Francis was attempting to transfer money from his Chase Bank account to his dog walker’s account, but it was blocked because his dog’s name “sounded like a terrorist network.” Francis’ nine-year-old dog’s name is Dash. Bank officials though that sounded too much like Daesh, the Arabic term for the jihadist militant group and self-described Islamic State. Francis was not too upset about the misunderstanding. “I think anything we can do to stop the terrorists and the funding of terrorists, let’s do it,” Francis told KTVU. “If it means an inconvenience to me and my dog walker, then that’s a price I’m totally willing to pay.” The payment was flagged with the U.S. Treasury Department, and asked Francis to explain what Dash meant. Once Francis explained that Dash is actually his dog’s name, the flag was lifted and his payment was processed. According to the New York Daily News, Chase Bank officials defended the reasoning for originally flagging the email. “If a name on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list appears on a payment, we are required to review it,” Chase Bank said. “This is an important part of ensuring that crime does not filter through the U.S. banking system. In this instance, the payment was flagged, reviewed and eventually released.” Although a serious issue, Francis found some humor in the misunderstanding. “The idea that my dog is a terrorist is pretty funny,” Francis said. “Seriously, the only thing Dash...

Caught on Camera: Five Guys Burglar Cooks Himself Midnight Snack...

This April an anonymous Washington D.C. man has gone viral for a most unusual crime. On March 18, between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., the suspect stealthily followed a delivery man inside a Five Guys fast food restaurant. The man waited for the delivery man to leave, then proceeded to rummage around the restaurant and treat himself to a free meal. Eventually, the man decided to fire up the grill and cook himself a midnight snack, all the while talking to someone on his cell phone. Finally, he stole some bottled water and made his escape. Footage of the nighttime prowler was captured on the restaurant’s surveillance cameras, and the Metropolitan Police Department released the footage on April 10 via YouTube. According to a statement that accompanied the video, “The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Burglary II incident which occurred in the 1400 block of Irving Street, NW, on Friday, March 18, 2016… DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.” Presumably, the Case of the Five Guys Crook qualifies as a “serious crime.” Often, the mere presence of CCTV video surveillance is enough to prevent burglaries. Police believe that up to 67% of such crimes could be prevented by video cameras, and most crimes are impulsive crimes of opportunity. The Five Guys incident seems like the perfect example of a crime of opportunity perpetrated by an impulsive burglar, but the brazen nature of the crime suggests he either did not notice or did not care about the...