In VR boys learn best when the teacher is a drone — girls lean better from virtual Marie

The teacher is just as important in a virtual learning environment as in a normal classroom, but a new study shows that boys and girls differ greatly in terms of how they learn best: Boys learn best when their virtual teacher comes in the form of a drone, while girls get more knowledge from VR-teaching when they are taught by a young, female researcher-type named Marie.
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Nigerian Girls Coding Their Way to a Better Future

Growing up, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin didn’t feel like girls were encouraged to pursue careers in STEM. Now, with Girls Coding, she’s focusing on teaching girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nigeria how to program, giving them a voice through technology. By investing in people, she’s building the next generation of mathematicians, doctors, lawyers and thinkers.

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New study finds bias against women and girls when intellectual ability is sought

A new study finds bias against both women and girls for jobs or activities requiring intellectual ability. The research underscores the pervasiveness of gender bias, held even among females, in both adults and young children.
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Oprah’s Leadership Academy For Girls Recognizes Seventh Graduating Class

With Diddy, Lebron James and even Lil Jon all opening schools recently, we can’t forget that media maven and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was one of the first celebrities to flex her financial power and influence to help support education efforts …

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DanceLogic Teaches Girls Dance and Computer Coding

DanceLogic, a unique S.T.E.A.M. program that combines dance and computer coding leading to the development of original choreography and performance, is continuing onto its second year. Girls ranging from the ages of 13 through 18 years participate in the program held at West Park Cultural Center in Philadelphia and learn the value of focus, dedication, and teamwork, as well as industry standard coding language.

Shanel Edwards, co-instructor of danceLogic, stated that “danceLogic is helping these girls have access to the arts realm and science world as possible career paths, it is allowing them to stretch their own boundaries of what success looks like for them.”

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During the dance class, led by instructors Edwards of D2D The Company and Annie Fortenberry, a performer with Ballet 180, the girls learn dance skills and movement techniques. This is followed by an hour of learning industry standard coding language under the direction of coding instructor Franklyn Athias, senior vice president of Network and Communications Engineering at Comcast. “I’m helping the kids see that someone, just like them, was able to use Science and Technology to find a very successful career,” Athias expressed in a press release.

The girls use coding to create their own choreography. “The combinations of dance and logic have good synergies. Learning something like dance requires practice, just like coding,” said Athias. “The dance is more physical, but it requires the students to try, fail, and try again. Before long, the muscle memory kicks in and the student forgets how hard it was before. Coding is really the same thing. Learning the syntax of coding is not a natural thing. Repetition is what makes you become good at it. After learning the first programming language, the students can learn other programming languages because it becomes much easier.”

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“My favorite thing about the program is that the students can explore leadership roles. By building their own choreography and supporting each other in coding class, they navigate creating and sharing those creations, as well as resolving conflict to make one cohesive dance. There’s a lot of beauty and bravery in that process,” stated Fortenberry.

The very first session of danceLogic culminated with the girls performing choreography and sharing what they learned through coding and how it has impacted their lives.

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Prenatal exposure to chemicals in personal care products may speed puberty in girls

Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a new longitudinal study. Researchers found that daughters of mothers who had higher levels of diethyl phthalate and triclosan in their bodies during pregnancy experienced puberty at younger ages.
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XOXO! Revisit Gossip Girl’s Iconic Thanksgiving Episodes

Relationships and alliances may have changed over the six seasons of Gossip Girl, but there was one thing fans could always count on: Thanksgiving drama. With the exception of season 5, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) found themselves wrapped up in love triangles, drug scandals and lies every holiday season. Relive the highs and lows with Us!

Season 1: “Blair Waldorf Must Pie!” 
Gossip Girl’s first Thanksgiving episode had all of the makings of a classic: drunk Serena flashbacks, the kids discovering Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Lily’s (Kelly Rutherford) romantic past and Blair finally admitting she had sex with Chuck … twice.

“Blair Waldorf Must Pie!” also brought the tears when Blair relapsed in her bulimia recovery after her mom (Margaret Colin) uninvited her father (guest star John Shea) to Thanksgiving dinner.

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Season 2: “The Magnificent Archibalds” 
Blair continued to struggle on Thanksgiving during season 2 after she discovered her mom was engaged to her boyfriend Cyrus (Wallace Shawn). Another family having serious drama on Thanksgiving? The Archibalds. After Nate’s dad (guest star Sam Robards) returned from hiding out in Dominica, Chuck and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) were contacted by FBI agents who revealed The Captain was planning to hold them ransom.

Elsewhere, Lily, Serena and Eric (Connor Paolo) returned to the diner they ate at during the season 1 Thanksgiving episode after Eric revealed Lily’s husband Bart (Robert John Burke) was tracking them with a PI.

Season 3: “The Treasure of Serena Madre” 
Cue the Jason Derulo! One of the most beloved episodes by fans, Gossip Girl brought the whole gang together for a season 3 Thanksgiving feast. On the menu? A not-so-secret affair between Serena and Nate’s cousin, Tripp (guest star Aaron Tveit), Blair assuming her mother was pregnant (spoiler alert: it’s Dorota!) and Dan being forced to face his feelings for Vanessa after a threesome with the pair and Hilary Duff’s Olivia Burke.

Season 4: “Gaslit”
Everyone was convinced Serena was back to her old ways after she woke up lost and confused following Chuck’s Saints and Sinners ball during season 4. While Lily decided to commit her daughter to rehab, Blair learned the truth about Juliet (guest star Katie Cassidy) from Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and enlisted Dan’s help to save try and save Serena.

Season 6: “It’s Really Complicated” 
“What is Thanksgiving without a side of drama?” Blair asked Serena during the final season of Gossip Girl. After the Serena-themed chapter of Dan’s book was released during the Thanksgiving dinner, chaos ensued. While Nate punched lonely boy in the face, Serena turned to her ex Steven (guest star Barry Watson).

Gossip Girl season 1-6 are available to stream on Netflix.

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South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ Have Accused Their Coaches of Derailing the Team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Garlic Girls, South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalist curlers, accused their coaches Thursday of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories.The women’s claims, if confirmed, suggest a familiar tale of abuse, corruption and nepotism that has regularly marred South Korea’s highly hierarchical elite sports scene. Men often run South Korean sports efforts, and while the team’s head coach is a woman, men in her family, including her father, a former leading figure in South Korean curling, play a prominent part in the team’s accusations of abuse.

“We can no longer work with a coaching staff that is trying to divide the team,” Kim Seon-yeong said in a glum news conference in Seoul. The players also accused the coaching staff of skipping training sessions, holding back prize money and trying to force a married member off the team.

“We need a coaching staff that can train and lead us properly. We want to continue our curling careers and aim for bigger goals at the Beijing Olympics,” Kim said.

The news conference came a day after South Korea’s Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee announced a joint investigation into allegations that became public after the athletes sent a letter outlining their complaints to sports authorities last week.

The five-member women’s curling team became an overnight sensation after their improbable silver medal run in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They enthralled a country that barely recognized curling before they made their run and became sought-after spokeswomen in commercials. Their nickname is a nod to the famous garlic produced in their hometown in Uiseong, in southern South Korea, where they met and began playing together as teenagers.

In their letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last week, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Cho-hee, and sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their lives to excessive control. In Thursday’s news conference, the curlers said coaches instructed them what to say in interviews and closely monitored their private lives after training hours, scolding them if they met with athletes from rival teams. Letters and presents sent by fans “were already ripped open” before they reached the curlers, Kim Seon-yeong said.

“We can’t understand why the head coach had to rip open and check the presents and letters sent to individuals before they reach the athlete,” she said.

The curlers said the coaches withheld prize money and tried to sideline the married captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family. They said the coaches also tried to force Kim Cho-hee off the team ahead of the Olympics to open a spot for head coach Kim Min-jung to participate as an athlete; they also said they had to endure a tirade from Kim Kyung-doo after they decided to stick with their teammate.

Kim Kyung-doo and his family had extensive control over the team with his daughter, Kim Min-jung, being the head coach and his son-in-law, Jang Ban-seok, the mixed doubles coach. The curlers organized the news conference after the coaching staff publicly denied the accusations.

“We had thought we could go together with that family, but after going through the Olympics, it became clear to us they were a family that cared only about themselves,” Kim Eun-jung said in the news conference. “They don’t want the athletes to grow and get better. … They don’t want the athletes to become bigger than the organization.”

Jang denied funds were withheld from the athletes, saying the team had agreed prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions, but Kim Eun-jung said the curlers were kept in the dark about how the money was used.

“We were already receiving (state) training funds as members of the national team, and we couldn’t understand why the prize money was not being distributed to us,” she said.

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Emma Bunton confirms Spice Girls announcement

OHMYGOSSIP — Emma Bunton has confirmed the Spice Girls will be making an announcement on Monday (05.11.18) afternoon.
The ‘Wannabe’ hitmakers are expected to unveil dates for an upcoming stadium tour and though the 42-year-old singer – who will be joined by Geri Horner, 46, Mel C, 44, and Mel B, 43, in the reunited band – refused to talk about their future plans, she did promise fans won’t have to wait long for some “brilliant” news.
Speaking on the ‘Heart Breakfast’ show she co-hosts with Jamie Theakston, she said: “It’s so exciting.
“Everything will be announced just after three o clock today on social media. You can go to @spicegirls but don’t look at me anymore because I might just blurt it all out.
“After 3 o’clock today you will find out everything. I just want it out there. It will be brilliant.”
It has been claimed the quartet – who won’t be joined in the reunion by fifth Spice Girl Victoria Beckham – will make their announcement in a social media video post that pokes fun at their group personas.
The tour is set to take place next summer and fans will be able to buy tickets in just a few days time.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Girl power is back.
“This is the biggest music comeback of the decade and tickets are expected to sell like hot cakes when they go on sale at the weekend.”
The band – who released their chart-topping debut single ‘Wannabe’ in 1996 – have not performed together since the London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012.
They went on hiatus in 2000, two years after Geri quit the band, and reunited for a tour in 2007 before going their separate ways again.
Following months of speculation the quintet were getting back together, it was claimed in June that a deal for a tour had collapsed after Victoria – who was known as Posh Spice – pulled out.
A source said at the time: “The Spice Girls are in disarray. While Victoria has always insisted she’d never tour, the others believed manager Simon Fuller would get her on board.
“They had a £150million proposal in the offing – with a headline performance at Wembley – and even Mel C, who had previously been reluctant, was signed up.”

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Moms of boys nearly 80% more likely to get postpartum depression than mothers of girls

Oh boy.

Your new baby’s sex may be to blame for your postpartum depression.

The mood disorder that comes after childbirth has been linked with having a boy in a new study out of England’s University of Kent. In fact, the odds of developing postpartum depression for moms of males is boosted by an…

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Spice Girls Getting Back Together For Mega Bucks Global Tour

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British pop group the Spice Girls are to reform for a comeback tour which is expected to gross them millions, it will be officially announced today.

However, it will be a case of five become four as Victoria Beckham, now a fashion designer, will not be reprising her role as Posh Spice in the ‘girl power’ supergroup that ruled the airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1990s with hits like Wannabe (which hit number one in 37 countries) and Spice Up Your Life.

Beckham does stand to make millions from the new tour, however, as a major shareholder in the Spice Girls brand and intellectual property.

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Why Is Our Culture So Obsessed With Dead White Girls?

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“Why does Jenny have to die?”

My high school offered a course in film, for one semester. One of the first movies we watched in that class was Forrest Gump. Our teacher raised concerning questions about the way the women in the film were depicted, in particular, the character of Jenny, Forrest’s only childhood friend, a victim of child molestation at the hands of her father, later a drug user, eventually dead by AIDS.

Dumbfounded, I searched my adolescent brain for an answer. Because it manipulates the audience into feeling more for Forrest? It makes her life a tragedy? Jenny sets out to live an independent life and she is punished for it, my teacher offered. Somewhere, in the back of my brain, a door opened. Today, it’s easy to recognize Jenny as a dead girl, the subject of Alice Bolin’s new book: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession.

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Painkillers during pregnancy can bring forward puberty in girls

The more weeks a women takes pain-reliving medication during pregnancy, the earlier their daughters enter puberty. This is shown by a new study. As the first in the world, researchers have examined the correlation between the intake of the analgesic paracetamol during pregnancy and girls and boys pubertal development.
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Celebrate ‘Mean Girls Day’ in New York with themed goodies, freebies, drinks and screenings

Fetch is finally about to happen.

The stars have aligned this year for fans of “Mean Girls” as two important days tied to the movie happen at the same time.

To celebrate, area restaurants, bars and shops are offering themed treats, events and deals to pay homage to the 2004 hit high school comedy…

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