Amazon is shooting for the stars and landing in the cloud. The e-commerce giant’s cloud-computing arm, Amazon Web Services, is launching a space industry unit, called Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, which will aim to snag clients such as NASA and the U.S. military. … [Read more...] about Amazon Web Services taps former Space Force head Clint Crosier for a space-focused cloud unit
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When water pours into a toilet bowl from one side, it hits the opposite side, creating a vortex of air, water, and particles. That vortex continues above the toilet bowl, carrying droplets that may contain viruses and bacteria up about three feet into the air. “The lifted virus can reach the average human head for sure,” Wang says over email. Toilets with two ports create an even greater velocity of aerosol particles; simulations showed that with two-port toilets, nearly 60% of aerosol particles rise above the seat (for single-port toilets, that figure was around 40%). … [Read more...] about Just how big a cloud of poop particles do you create when you flush a toilet?
De los Reyes wasn’t proposing that Microsoft become a sidewalk company. He was proposing a metaphor. He was hoping to find the digital world’s equivalent of the curb cut, something elegant that let everyone live a little easier. At a meeting of Shum’s top deputies, de los Reyes mooted this idea of making Microsoft’s design accessible to all. On its face, this idea flattered Microsoft’s culture. Remember how Windows famously let you adjust the setting on almost anything you wanted, while Apple didn’t? That wasn’t an accident, but rather the perfect expression of Microsoft’s abiding belief, descended from the great garage-hacker Bill Gates, that users should be able to adjust everything they touched as they saw fit. So for Microsofties, it was only natural to think that users, including the disabled, should have as many settings as they wanted. But de los Reyes was after something more ambitious. Kat Holmes, there at the meeting with Shum, … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking
While the gender gap in tech has been stubborn, in recent years, the overall number of female computer science graduates has been rising. Girls Who Code alone has reached 300,000 girls and has 80,000 program alumni in college. They are majoring in computer science at a rate of 15 times the national average. We’ve seen real progress in this space, just as we have in other traditionally male-dominated spaces. Take, for instance, the recent announcement that 36 companies on the Fortune 500 are led by women. A small number and a marginal increase from the year before, but an all-time high nonetheless. … [Read more...] about Emerging from this pandemic stronger means investing in girls now
I talk to women and they note that they feel the same pressure to be resilient and succeed. I know Morgan [Debaun, CEO of Blavity] has gotten a lot of money, and then you get other token people getting money, and they think the funding problem is fixed. The opportunity to fail—you see a lot of these founders who get pushed out, and they have an opportunity to fail. We don’t get that as women of color, and even more so, black women. There is no opportunity or privilege to fail. If you’re anyone that isn’t a white man in this industry and in the Valley, you have to push through. You don’t get a second shot. There’s a Latina who works in corporate, and we were having a discussion one morning, and she said, “You have to overcompensate for being a Latina. And you have to succeed, because if you fail, we all fail.” … [Read more...] about Unsurprisingly, women continue to face an evolving intersection of problems at work