Monday, May 20, 2013

Good News

For those of you who have been made despondent by being told too often that wimminz are meant for the kitchen and the bedroom:

The first Saudi woman has climbed Mount Everest.  Whether climbing it is a good idea, from other points of view, should be set aside to celebrate  Raha Moharrak's achievement.  She climbed more mountains than one.

And this from the annals of no-girl-can-do-science:

An 18-year-old science student has made an astonishing breakthrough that will enable mobile phones and other batteries to be charged within seconds rather than the hours it takes today’s devices to power back up.
Saratoga, Calif. resident Eesha Khare made the breakthrough by creating a small supercapacitor that can fit inside a cell phone battery and enable ultra-fast electricity transfer and storage, delivering a full charge in 20-30 seconds instead of several hours.
The nano-tech device Khare created can supposedly withstand up to 100,000 charges, a 100-fold increase over current technology, and it’s flexible enough to be used in clothing or displays on any non-flat surface.
Khare tied for the second place in the competition.