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What We're Reading | 10.6.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Devin Katyama: Why are there still so few women in science? It's not a question at the forefront of most education conversations. But with the emphasis on data, data, data maybe it's time these types of questions begin to have a larger voice. The New York Times column by University of Michigan professor Eileen Pollack dives into the larger social issues that have detoured young girls from an early age from entering the field of science. Some is cultural bias, some is perception. As the article points out, perhaps its the conversation and encouragements female students are having that makes them believe science isn't important, or can be done by their counterparts. Read Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science.

Joseph Lord: The British newspaper the Guardian made a huge splash this year with its stories on the documents released by government contract worker Edward Snowden. It's representation of a newspaper with a slight print circulation expanding its reach globally through the Internet—a strategy from the paper's editor, Alan Rusbridger. The New Yorker profiles as only the New Yorker does. Read Can the Guardian Take Its Aggressive Investigations Global.

Bonus: It appears that the voice of the iPhone's Siri has come forward. While we're on the topic, here's a story from the Verge about the process of making computers talk. Read How Siri Found Its Voice. 

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