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5 History Making Women in STEM

When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to take care of my sister and I once a week during the summers. He was a college anatomy, biology and zoology professor, so his ideas of play dates involved trips to the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits, the California Science Center or the Botanical Gardens. And I LOVED it. I was already a curious kid, but it was these trips and my family’s encouragement to learn and explore that solidified my path as a lifelong learner. My mom recently told me that she never scolded me about all the time I spent indoors on the computer or playing video games or reading because she knew that technology was the future, and could be a viable career choice for me. I grew up wanting to be an astronaut or a scientist—for the longest time I bounced between archaeologist and paleontologist. Of course, as I grew older, my path changed (I still consider being a writer as someone who wants to discover new things), but my love for science and technology has never faded.

As a woman, I have to look back and admire the pioneering women who made history in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Without them, I would have never been able to even consider entering into a scientific field. So in honor of March being Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science & Engineering Month, here are 5 women in STEM who made history and paved the way for little girls and boys alike.
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Meet Your Next Time Suck: The Elder Scrolls Online

For two weekends now, I’ve had the pleasure of beta testing the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls Online. Peter was the one who first turned me on to the Elder Scrolls franchise, starting with Oblivion, and he has recently become immersed in the world of Skyrim. But I’ll admit it: They’re not really my type of game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fantasy and medieval geek, so rich storylines and immense world was really attractive. Sadly, it was the gameplay that has deterred me from these games. I’ve never been great at the first person POV games because I get so stupid nervous when I can’t see what’s behind or to the side of me—I barely got through the Fallout games with my sanity—so I tend to die a lot and freak out.

But I knew I was missing out on something amazing when it came to the Elder Scrolls games, which is why I jumped at the chance to get a peek at the upcoming The Elder Scrolls Online MMO. I knew that the MMO would provide the third person action I enjoyed, while still immersing players in the rich mythology of the Elder Scrolls, and let me tell you: fans of both the Elder Scrolls and MMOs will be pleased with this game.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Kicks Some Intergalactic Ass

Guys, guys, guys! It’s here! It’s finally here! Since it was announced that the intergalactic Guardians of the Galaxy would be kicking ass and taking names in theaters, fans of the series have been waiting anxiously for a glimpse at the film. We’ve seen pictures, we’ve booed and rejoiced over the castings and heard all the plot rumors and now we’re finally getting a look at the team in action. Chris Pratt aka Star-Lord was on Jimmy Kimmel to introduce the world premiere trailer!
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10 Ideas for Celebrating a Geeky Valentine’s Day

In our house, every holiday is a geeky holiday! Our Chrismukkah tree has Star Wars and Doctor Who ornaments and our Easter will be spent at WonderCon. And Valentine’s Day is no exception. We’ve spent the last couple of V-Day’s exchanging geeky presents or going on geeky dates. Whether you’ll be spending Feb. 14 with your sweetheart or your friends, here are 10 ideas for celebrating a very geeky Valentine’s Day!

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Guys, an Xbox is not worth dying for

As a gamer, you spend literally hundreds, if not thousands, of hours playing games, beating bosses, and earning achievements. I know that if I go through a level and it doesn’t save properly, I’m a little miffed that I have to complete the mission or level all over again. I can only imagine the anger I’d feel if I lost all of my progress on games like Skyrim. But seriously: I love our consoles and Alienware as much as the next person, but I wouldn’t risk my life for them.

At least one Xbox gamer doesn’t feel the same way.

I feel you, dude. It would suck to lose something you’ve put so much time an effort into. But it would also suck to get third degree burns all over your body or die. Besides, this is why we have Cloud storage!

Would you risk your life to save your console? Head over to Wrong Button and take our poll!

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