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Boys, Girls and Computers: Gender Differences in Technology Usage

By Bobby Miller When a person hears the phrase “tech geek,” a guy usually comes to mind. That is because gender stereotypes tell us that men are the objective ones, the ones with scientific worldviews. Women, conversely, are the social ones, the ones with more emotional and creative outlooks. In terms of technology, this should [&hellip

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Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Want to Easily Transition between a Stylus and a Pen?

by Linzy Novotny A project design team started by two brothers has streamlined the use of a ballpoint pen and stylus. The brothers are asking for funding through Kickstarter to start production on the SPC, a stylus pen combo. Integ Designs was started by Jeff and Chris Scheibe in Riverside, Cali., with the purpose to [&hellip

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Steampunk: Picking Up Steam and Its Online Market

By Alison K Lanier When trying to define the emerging genre, the one thing Steampunk sellers, writers and inventors seem able to agree on is that the genre is difficult to define. It isn’t simple to put a comprehensive label on a style that markets toy ray guns that mimic Victorian pistols or one that [&hellip

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Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Getting Girls Interested in Building Our Future with New Engineering Toy

by Linzy Novotny Looking for a girl’s toy beyond the endless shelves of dolls that also doubles as an educational tool? Debbie Sterling of San Francisco, Cali., has taken the initiative to design a toy to fit this purpose and is asking for funding through a Kickstarter campaign. The toy, GoldieBlox, is a construction toy [&hellip

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The Peter Pan Generation: Eternal Teenagers that Will Eventually Grow Up

By Janet Martin A recent study at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute revealed that the number of 18-year-olds who possess driver’s licenses has fallen from 80 percent to 65 percent over the last 20 years. At first, this seems like a harmless statistic born out of the rise in gas prices and problems [&hellip

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Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Online Platform Helps Kids Create Their Own Books

By Linzy Novotny Technology is all around us and as each year ends and a new one begins, great advancements are made. This also means that each year, families are welcoming their children into this technologically savvy world. The days of simply playing with rattles is being replaced with children that are learning to use [&hellip

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Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Amplify the Sound of Your iPhone with a New Use for Vinyl

By Linzy Novotny Although music has moved into an age when even CDs are obsolete, Charles Mercader and Sam Dominguez of San Francisco, Cali., have found a new way to use one of the CDs’ predecessors—records. The GrooveDock is a speaker for iPhones that is made utilizing 60 pieces cut from 10 upcycled records, according [&hellip

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Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Learn Your Steampunk ABCs

By Linzy Novotny Learn Your Steampunk ABCs Learn the ABCs of steampunk with Karen Luk’s Kickstarter project—an alphabet book. Luk, a freelance illustrator and art instructor, is venturing into the world of children’s books with the creation of “Steampunk ABC,” according to the project’s Kickstarter page. The 32-page book will feature illustrations that highlight historical [&hellip

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3 Innovations Increasing Mobility for People with Disabilities

By Sam Parker Users of wheelchairs, walkers and canes are often unable to enjoy the same fluid mobility of others, and because of this, three companies have worked to develop products to help eliminate these issues. Through innovative technologies, three products have been created to assist disabled people with their navigation of everyday life. Gear-shifting [&hellip

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The Second Can: A Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Refresher

By Ryan Egly Like most people in this age of digital point-and-shoot cameras, I am an amateur photographer. Family events, nature, pets, and for the predictable college student on Facebook, beer – all are familiar material for that never-ending quest to capture life in the way we wish to portray it. And the way I [&hellip

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