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scienceyoucanlove:

As a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, Elizabeth Holmes decided to transform diagnostic medicine so she dropped out of college and used her tuition money to start her own company, Theranos. Ten years later, Holmes, pictured here holding a micro-vial, is on the cutting edge of medical technology — her new blood testing method allows hundreds of tests to be run using only a few drops of blood. And, Holmes’ methods are cheaper, faster, more accurate, and less invasive than conventional methods which often require a separate vial of blood for every test.As Holmes told Wired.com earlier this year, “I started this company because I wanted to spend my life changing our health care system. When someone you love gets really sick, most of the time when you find out, it’s too late to be able to do something about it. It’s heartbreaking… We wanted to make actionable health information accessible to people everywhere at the time it matters most. That means two things: being able to detect conditions in time to do something about them and providing access to information that can empower people to improve their lives.”
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Reasons you should adore Elizabeth Holmes:
She is featured as Forbes’ youngest self-made woman billionaire.
Her tests will revolutionize the public health world as we know it; Making diagnostic testing accessible and affordable for more people (and potentially saving Medicare and Medicaid ~$100 billion each over the next decade). (x)
She is a coauthor on 82 US and 189 foreign patent applications. (x)
Her fear of needles served as a motivator for launching Theranos. (x)

thejunglenook:

scienceyoucanlove:

As a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, Elizabeth Holmes decided to transform diagnostic medicine so she dropped out of college and used her tuition money to start her own company, Theranos. Ten years later, Holmes, pictured here holding a micro-vial, is on the cutting edge of medical technology — her new blood testing method allows hundreds of tests to be run using only a few drops of blood. And, Holmes’ methods are cheaper, faster, more accurate, and less invasive than conventional methods which often require a separate vial of blood for every test.

As Holmes told Wired.com earlier this year, “I started this company because I wanted to spend my life changing our health care system. When someone you love gets really sick, most of the time when you find out, it’s too late to be able to do something about it. It’s heartbreaking… We wanted to make actionable health information accessible to people everywhere at the time it matters most. That means two things: being able to detect conditions in time to do something about them and providing access to information that can empower people to improve their lives.”

read more from A Mighty Girl

Reasons you should adore Elizabeth Holmes:

  • She is featured as Forbes’ youngest self-made woman billionaire.
  • Her tests will revolutionize the public health world as we know it; Making diagnostic testing accessible and affordable for more people (and potentially saving Medicare and Medicaid ~$100 billion each over the next decade). (x)
  • She is a coauthor on 82 US and 189 foreign patent applications. (x)
  • Her fear of needles served as a motivator for launching Theranos. (x)
helms-deep
helms-deep:

The benefits of pre-ordering! This came in yesterday, and it features a story written by one of our very own: the talented and wonderful erikaswyler! This is a terrific little book/graphic novel/history textbook…not sure what to call it. Regardless, the stories I’ve read so far are really enjoyable, and the artwork throughout is very, very cool.
It’s out now, and you can order it here!
Well done, colonialcomics! This was a most excellent idea.

Just ordered it. So cool!

helms-deep:

The benefits of pre-ordering! This came in yesterday, and it features a story written by one of our very own: the talented and wonderful erikaswyler! This is a terrific little book/graphic novel/history textbook…not sure what to call it. Regardless, the stories I’ve read so far are really enjoyable, and the artwork throughout is very, very cool.

It’s out now, and you can order it here!

Well done, colonialcomics! This was a most excellent idea.

Just ordered it. So cool!

Dear disney -

Wouldn’t it be sufficient to just say “Darth Vader Costume for kids”?

There’s a whole legion of young Star Wars fans. You might not want to alienate half of them.

Respectfully,
The mother of a six year old girl who will be dressed as Vader this halloween.

P.S. if you need help re-architecting your website, call me.

laughterkey
  1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

    4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness   (via acceptvnce)

This is wonderful

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Need to do this

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Some of these things can be hard to do when you’re working overtime to eke out the bills, but being aspirational is a good thing, especially when what you’re aspiring to is stuff like this.

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latimes
latimes:

A federal judge has ruled that police officers in Ferguson violated the Constitution by requiring protesters to keep moving rather than stand still during demonstrations following the death of Michael Brown.
The judge issued a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit brought against St. Louis County and the superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol by Mustafa Abdullah, an ACLU staffer.
Photo: Demonstrators march during a protest on West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson on August 18. Credit: Michael B. Thomas / AFP/Getty Images

latimes:

A federal judge has ruled that police officers in Ferguson violated the Constitution by requiring protesters to keep moving rather than stand still during demonstrations following the death of Michael Brown.

The judge issued a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit brought against St. Louis County and the superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol by Mustafa Abdullah, an ACLU staffer.

Photo: Demonstrators march during a protest on West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson on August 18. Credit: Michael B. Thomas / AFP/Getty Images

npr
npr:

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there’s a good reason: It’s true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.
It wasn’t always this way. Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that’s a part of history that even the smartest people don’t know.
The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech
Photo: Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

npr:

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there’s a good reason: It’s true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.

It wasn’t always this way. Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that’s a part of history that even the smartest people don’t know.

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Photo: Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania