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Augusta National Designs 'Masters' Game, Still Not Sure About the Whole Women Thing

Augusta National, home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament, will finally allow women...to play its new video game. That's right -- the stodgiest country club known (exclusively) to man is releasing its own video game, in an apparent attempt to leapfrog the 20th century, and dive head-first into the 21st. 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012: The Masters,' unveiled today, has reportedly been in...

Read This: 'Wikipedia Is Male-Dominated. That Doesn't Mean It's Sexist.'

The gender imbalance among Wikipedia contributors is not even news. The Wikimedia study came out in August 2009 and was covered by the Wall Street Journal at that time. In the 17 months (which the Times rounds down to "about a year") that this report has been searing the Times' consciousness, the paper has come up with exactly zero new facts to explain the contributor imbalance. Instead, the...

Why Don't More Women Contribute to Wikipedia?

To most people, Wikipedia represents the ultimate in egalitarian encyclopedias. It's a place where any Internet user can go to add their own knowledge on virtually any subject in the world, regardless of individual expertise or background. But recent statistics show that, in spite of its intrinsic openness, Wikipedia's playing ground may not be as level as it seems -- especially when it comes...

New Smartphone App Determines Probability of Successful In-Vitro Fertilization

British researchers have developed a new formula capable of predicting any couple's chances of having a baby through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with up to 99-percent accuracy. Devised by researchers at the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol, the calculator is already available online, and will soon be available as an app for iPhone and Android. According to research leader Scott Nelson, a...

Men Can Try the 'Menstruation Machine' to Feel 'Bleeding Down There'

Ah, menstruation. That wonderfully cyclical occurrence that women always discuss with knowing nods, and that men do their best to not think about. But thanks to designer Hiromi Ozaki, formerly clueless guys can now experience the menstrual experience first hand, in all its splendor. Cheers all around. Ozaki, you see, has designed something called the 'Menstruation Machine,' which consists of a...

You Can't Buy Happiness, But a Cell Phone Gets You Pretty Close, Survey Says

A recent, global survey has posited a correlation between access to telecommunication and emotional wellness. In its study of 35,000 individuals, BCS, or the Chartered Institute for IT, found that low-income people and women in developing nations were the most likely to be emotionally uplifted by access to modern devices, the BBC reports. On one hand, researchers attribute this phenomenon to...

What Do Google's Search Suggestions Say About Men and Women?

Is there anything that Google doesn't know about us? As if who we e-mail, what we watch, and where we'll be wasn't enough, the search giant also knows (or can at least predict) what we want out of our significant other. Dan Ariely, a professor at Duke University, posted the results of his search-engine experiment yesterday on his Web site, Predictably Irrational. Ariely, who studies behavioral...

"Geeks" Discouraging Women From Going Into Computer Science

Pretty much anyone not named Larry Summers would agree that female engineers and computer scientists are just as capable as their male colleagues. So why do women comprise just 22-percent of all computer science graduates? And, more worrisome, why is that figure decreasing? The answer, according to one study, lies in geek culture. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis recently...

Why Female Astronauts Never Made It to Space in the 1960s

In 1957, the USSR got the first satellite into space with Sputnik, and the race was on to get the first anything else up into orbit. As U.S. rockets kept exploding, experts involved were looking for a way to lighten the load of the first human mission. Men were heavier than women, which suddenly opened up the possibility of the first female astronaut. The ill-fated and mostly forgotten...

Game Characters Are Too Male and Too White, Study Finds

A new study might change the way video game developers think when it comes to designing characters. If the data has an impact, you might see females saving the world from certain doom, or Latino and black characters portrayed as heroes instead of drug dealers or football players. LiveScience reports that researchers at the University of Southern California have discovered that females and...

New Twitter Research: It's A Boys' Club, and Young Adults Slow to Join

Two independent studies show that Twitter is all about man-on-man action, and that teens are having a hard time embracing microblogging, respectively. Researchers over at Harvard Business surveyed 300,542 users in May, discovering that, though men and women for the most part follow the same number of tweeters, a man is twice as likely to follow another man than he is a woman. In addition, a...

Women More Prone to ID Theft, Less Likely to Use New Tech

A recent study indicates that women are more likely to be victims of identity theft than men, Forbes reports. Published this week, the study, which was conducted by Javelin Research, claims that women are 26-percent more likely to fall victim to identity theft. Last year saw 4.8-percent of women having their identity stolen, while only 3.8-percent of men were victims. In keeping with those...

Women More Expressive Than Men When Texting

It turns out all those cliches about women being more expressive than men are true...kind of. Researchers at Indiana University studied 1,164 text messages posted on Italy's interactive television music channel Allmusic and found the texts sent from women were more expressive than those of their male counterparts. This came as a surprise, since research shows that, in social situations, men...

Mobile Edge's 'For Her' TSA-Friendly Laptop Bags Are Not Very Inspiring

We've seen Mobile Edge's ScanFast line of TSA-approved laptop bags before, so it was only a matter of time, we suppose, until there was a spate of the cases specifically for women. What does it mean, then, to be a laptop bag that is "designed for women by women?" Well, it helps to be pink or have faux alligator skin (or is that croc?) detailing, we can tell you that much. Regardless, the...

Women With Long Finger Nails Complaining That iPhone Is Sexist

It's easy to see how some gadgets might be biased towards those who are right-handed versus left, and certainly some gadgets are completely unfriendly toward those with disabilities. But can a gadget be sexist? According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times, that's the claim being made by many women who believe the iPhone is unfairly designed to be completely unusable by those of...