5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • A wearable-tech startup plans to raise $1.5 million by this fall to engage young girls in computer science. Fashion enthusiast–turned–tech entrepreneur Sara Chipps believes tech needs more women, and she’s right. The U.S. currently has the lowest number of women studying computer since the mid-’80s, when more than 37% of computer science degree recipients were women, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. NYC-based smart-jewellery startup Jewelbots produces programmable friendship bracelets that teach girls how to code. The Kickstarter campaign has a goal of $30,000 by August 4, and any donations will be rewarded with bracelets, 50% discounts, or private coding classes with the founder of Girl Develop It. — Business Insider
  • Jeb Bush says that in order to grow the economy, “people should work longer hours.” The Republican presidential candidate was being interviewed about his plans for tax reform when he made the statement, “My aspiration for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is 4% growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive; workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours.” — Yahoo
  • In a historic move, South Carolina has voted to remove the Confederate flag. The legislation will be official later today, after a bill signing ceremony held by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley that will remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds once and for all. The flag will come down Friday morning at 10 a.m. EDT. — MSNBC
  • According to the Beijing Times, China plans to build an 8000+-mile high-speed underwater railway line to America. The railroad will connect China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. via a 125-mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait, with Russia already on board for the plan. Engineers are sceptical, considering the undersea route is longer than the Chunnel and the Seikan Tunnel in Japan (currently the world’s longest and deepest) combined. — Inhabitat
  • Facebook is giving users back their News Feed. Changes to the News Feed now mean you, rather than the sites built-in algorithms, decide whats important to you. The updated tools in News Feed Preferences allow users to select specific friends or pages whose posts they always want to see. You can also select specific people to see their most recent posts since you last logged on. The regular News Feed will be shown underneath. — The Next Web


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