6 Terrific Books for Getting Girls Into Tech

WIRED ICON Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube NOMINATES Geetha Murali, CEO of Room to Read Geetha Murali’s mother grew up in Chennai, India, in a family in which child marriage was common. When she was 13, she rebelled and went to school instead. “Education became a driving force in her life,” Murali says. “She instilled…

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Beyond Cas9: 4 Ways to Edit DNA

Crispr scientists are, essentially, muggers in lab coats. When they need a new pair of DNA-slicing scissors, called a nuclease, they just steal one from a germ. But repurposing microbial machinery isn’t so simple: Some nucleases are too big; some are too blunt; some don’t work well inside human cells. So, as Crispr wends its…

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Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

The internet is full of videos of thoughtful people setting things on fire. Here’s a perennial favorite: Cleave a grape in half, leaving a little skin connecting the two hemispheres. Blitz it in the microwave for five seconds. For one glorious moment, the grape halves will produce a fireball unfit for domestic life. Physicist Stephen…

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