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The newest STEM star taking the biotechnology industry by storm isn’t some Silicon Valley bro. She’s a Harvard University sophomore named Kavya Kopparapu and she’s literally changing the world. First introduced to the intersection of medicine and technology by a group of women scientists who came to her elementary school in Northern Virginia, Kopparapu was inspired to make her own breakthrough discoveries. “Being a student, you don’t have any stakes,” the 19-year-old says of inventing two precision medicine platforms before she was old enough to...
From social distancing to staying in quarantine, COVID-19 has hit many foundational structures in our society. During the beginning of the pandemic in March, the country came into a panic-fueled frenzy, buying copious amounts of toilet paper and other household goods, leaving shelves empty and barren—and most importantly, leaving other folks and families without basic needs. And now with states like California officially closing for the second time due to COVID-19 spikes, where do we go from here? How do we care for ourselves, our loved...
Happy Leo season (and end of the month)! Here’s what we’re listening to, streaming, and reading this week, including a sex-positive comedy, new essays by Zadie Smith, and a surprise drop by Taylor Swift. MOVIES/TV Radioactive Rosamund Pike is Marie Curie in this biopic about Marie’s marriage to fellow scientist Pierre Curie and their Nobel Prize-winning 1903 discovery. Available to stream July 24 on Prime Video. Yes, God, Yes   Natalia Dyer, Alisha Boe, and more star in this dramedy about a Catholic teenager who discovers masturbation and begins struggling with...
Spirits company Bacardi Limited just released a new vodka, called Plume & Petal, which is reduced-calorie and reduced-alcohol. And surprise, surprise: the advertising was initially aimed exclusively at women. A restaurant editor, Khushbu Shah, took a screenshot of the press release and put it on Twitter, sarcastically adding, “just what I need in 2020! gendered drinks with half the alcohol.” The press release says that the vodka was made “by women, for today’s modern woman, intended to be enjoyed with other women.” According to the screenshot,...
THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWNTemple(Ribbon Music) On their fifth studio album, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down explore what it means to be whole. Hell-bent on owning her identity, Thao Nguyen looks within and opens up from every jarring angle. In turn, the San Francisco-based group arrives at its most personal and complex work. Gooey beats melt into bellowing riffs creating a lively sound, but in a trip-hop, heavy way. Temple is a direct embrace of the front-woman’s defining parts, particularly the ones...
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