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A new study published in PNAS by a Cornell-based research team examined the gender bias in faculty hiring for STEM fields, and discovered a surprising preference for female faculty members among both genders in certain STEM fields. The researchers found that, when presented with applications for an assistant professorship, both male and female faculty overwhelmingly preferred female applicants over male applicants with identical qualifications and family situations. These findings are striking in their contradiction to the large body of existing literature on gender bias in STEM fields, and should be approached with caution; in examination of this paper, some concerns arise regarding study design, and the causal pathways suggested in the authors’ conclusions.

To conduct this study, researchers surveyed a total of 873 tenure-track faculty members from 371 colleges and universities. Surveys were distributed via e-mail, with a response rate of approximately 34 percent. Participants were current faculty members in the fields of biology, engineering, economics, and psychology.

Participants were asked to make selections between identically qualified male and female applicants with matching lifestyles. Six lifestyles conditions were studied: being single without children, married without children, married with children and a stay-at-home spouse, married with children and spouse working outside the home, married with children and the spouse working inside the home, and divorced with children. The children in each situation were described as two preschoolers.

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The ownership situation around things like DVDs has always been somewhat contentious, and this week manufacturers made yet another attempt to use copyright to completely undermine the concept of ownership. James Burkhardt took most insightful comment of the week by raising the excellent point that if you are indeed licensing not owning, there should be additional responsibilities on the other side:

I think the big story here is that by this logic I should get replacements for any lost, stolen or broken DVDs/Blue-Rays. Because its not the disc I am buying. Its access to that content in a specific format. And my access to that content shouldn't be limited to the Temporal nature of the delivery mechanism. More seriously, Music tried this very argument against format shifting (ripping and using an MP3 player), that we only bought the music in the cd format. It failed.

Meanwhile, we called out the MPAA over its strategizing on how to make internet censorship sound like a good thing. One dreary and unoriginal commenter accused us of hypocritically hating Hollywood while being "addicted" to its content, and another anonymous commenter took second place for insightful by disarming this loaded question:

We don't like Hollywood because they seek too much control over things more important than they are, and don't care about the broader consequences. If you hate the Internet so much, why are you posting here?

For editor's choice, we head to a precursor to the DVD ownership battle this week: a very similar dispute over the software in GM cars, with the automaker claiming it still owns all the software even if you own the vehicle. That One Guy momentarily rose above the legal morass and pointed out how utterly, fundamentally stupid this is:

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Editor’s note: Nino Marakovic is the CEO and managing director of Sapphire Ventures. Rajeev Dham is a vice president at Sapphire Ventures.

Given the success of Box, it’s hard to imagine that founder Aaron Levie believes he should have done something differently in the company’s early years. However, while speaking to Storm Ventures’ Jason Lemkin at this year’s SaaStr conference, Levie revealed exactly what he would have changed.

Although it is somewhat hidden in the rest of the interview, Levie points out the eventual need for SaaS businesses to adopt different habits when growing up, and the reality that perhaps more steak (or sushi) dinners are on the horizon.

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In writing our review for Apple's impressive new 12-inch MacBook, the reality of using the ultraportable notebook didn't fully set in until I realized I couldn't actually finish the publication of said review without turning to my MacBook Pro.

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The new 12-inch MacBook is an impressive product. It's a great product. But it's also, at the moment, an aspirational product.

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Drones can help or harm. Figuring out how to respond to them isn't going to be easy.
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The Boston Athletic Association declared that the entire route of the 2015 Boston Marathon would be a "No Drone Zone."

It advised the public not to operate "any type of drone (unmanned aerial vehicle), including remotely controlled model aircraft, over or near the course, or anywhere within sight of runners or spectators."

Given the terror attack on the race two years earlier, the group's prohibition on drone usage is understandable. But it also offers a reminder that cargo and driver intent determines whether something is a "vehicle" or a "threat," and to the extent that we cannot make that distinction, we can expect problems formulating rules flexible enough to cover either definition.

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In a newly published study, medical researchers led by neurologist Michelle Monje at Stanford report than many aggressive forms of brain cancer appear to worsen the more you think. Not just about the cancer, but anything. The more brain activity you have, the faster the cancer cells divide. This discovery has the potential to lead to the creation of new treatments for previously terminal diseases.

Monje and her colleagues came to this realization while studying diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare cancer found in children that is untreatable by any current means. The team used a mouse model to investigate the hypothesis that DIPG was hijacking the chemical signals related to myelination, an important part of maintaining the brain and its functionality.

Myelin is a compound created by glial cells that covers and insulates the axons of nerve cells. This improves their ability to transmit signals to other neurons and is essential to good function of the nervous system. The more brain activity you have, the more myelin you’re likely to need as new connections are formed. That’s why the cells that produce myelin divide more quickly when brain activity is elevated.

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If you read my article on How To Setup Pidgin For Secure Communications and received a "Not Authorized" message then this quick help fix is for you.

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Have you ever wanted to own the big bug from Men In Black? You can, in theory, at the end of May.

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This is a 12-foot tall animatronic puppet that was ultimately not used in the film. Edgar suit not included.

Rick Baker, a special effects make-up and creature creator who has worked on dozens of movies from The Exorcist to Maleficent, is auctioning off his private collection of props and makeups. The actual event will be on May 29th in Los Angeles, but pre-bidding online has begun. The auction will feature 417 items from fifty films that Baker worked on and is a “no reserve” auction, so everything starts at $5.

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Dan Fredinburg, a respected Google executive who headed privacy for Google X and lead its product management team, has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by the huge earthquake in Nepal. The natural disaster has already killed over 2,000 people in the region and devastated infrastructure. Some 18 other climbers have been killed in what is being described as the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in the last 80 years.

By all accounts, Fredinburg was an experienced climber who had also co-founded Google Adventure, a company team that filmed Google Street View images in “extreme, exotic locations like the summit of Mount Everest or the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.”

Fredinburg’sc sister Megan confirmed his death via his Instagram account, while Google’s privacy director Lawrence posted the following earlier today: “Dan Fredinburg, a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.”

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Concerns over the power of Internet service providers to control access to online content didn't mesh well with handing provider Comcast even more power via a merger with Time Warner Cable.Concerns over the power of Internet service providers to control access to online content didn't mesh well with handing provider Comcast even more power via a merger with Time Warner Cable. Getty Images

Call it bad timing for Comcast. But the heated public debate over Net neutrality likely played a major role in sinking the cable giant's hopes to buy Time Warner Cable.

"It was subtle, but Net neutrality framed the debate," said Christopher Sprigman, a law professor at New York University. "Through that process, it became clear that the state of broadband for the average consumer is pretty bad. And regulators didn't want to make an already bad situation worse by giving one of the largest broadband providers more power."

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For cycling enthusiasts whose interests fall somewhere between a 10-speed and a motorcycle, electric bicycles are a pretty solid alternative. Unfortunately, sometimes e-bikes look like this. But these new retro-styled ones from Vintage Electric look like something an extra in Jaws would ride around before all the bad stuff stars happening.

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The bikes are from the Cruz line: they're kind of campy, kind of beachy, and vintage in style only. Vintage Electric claims the bikes can reach a speed of 36 MPH in "Race Mode" with a range of 30 miles and a recharge time of just two hours. The company says the 3,000 watt, 3-phase brushless motor and 52 volt battery should last around 30,000 miles.

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After a gangbusters fiscal quarter one, Apple could see moderate gains highlighted by strong performances from iPhone and Mac over the three-month period ending March, according to noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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In a note obtained by AppleInsider on Saturday, the analyst is projecting iPhone, iPad, Mac shipments to come in at 58.2 million, 10.1 million and 4.5 million, respectively for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2015. Apple Watch is also off to a good start at 631,000 initial shipments.

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