“Brittany Wenger isn’t your average high-school senior: She taught the computer how to diagnose leukemia.
The 18-year-old student from Sarasota, Fla. built a custom, cloud-based “artificial neural network” to find patterns in genetic expression profiles to diagnose patients with an aggressive form of cancer called mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL). Simply put, this means Wenger taught the computer how to diagnose leukemia by creating a diagnostic tool for doctors to use.”
Brittany is also a TEDx speaker! She spoke at TEDxCERN this May, and TEDxWomen in 2012.
See our coverage of TEDxCERN here, and — below — watch Brittany’s TEDxWomen talk about Cloud4Cancer, a computer program she designed to diagnose breast cancer more accurately and less invasively.
How the British say, “Sitcho Right Wing Ass Down.”
It’s also great to hear about living history from the people who lived it because, if you just read history textbooks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that women didn’t lead anything in the UK until Thatcher came along.
The Speaker was well versed in the book of “Bitch, You Tried It.”
And the lady giving that speech, Glenda Jackson, MP?
FFFFFFFFF MR. SPEAKER THAT WAS A SICK BURRRNNNN!!!!!!
listen i never make it through more than like 2 minutes of a video because, attention span, but i was transfixed through all of this, because that’s what happens when an alum of the royal shakespeare company(!!!!) decides to lay the smackdown on someone awful. and omg, the speaker at the end, it’s, just, this was exquisite.
I am Black. I am a woman. I am disabled. These things are not all that I am, but they are a part of me that dictates how I will be treated in this world. These aspects of me sometimes make my life harder, or rather, the way some people respond to them does.
I have always been Black, and I have always been female. I became permanently disabled when I was 15. I struggled to accept it. I tried to make it fit into the life I already had, and thought it was impossible. I was told I had to change. I hated it.
But I began to accept that this is who I am. I am not less than what I was. I have to work harder than others, and I am often in a great deal of pain, though I usually do not speak of it. I can still do many of the things that I used to. And there are some things that I cannot. I have good days, when the pain is manageable. I have bad days when I am having a flare up and cannot go without mobility aids. And I have really bad days where I can’t walk, can’t sew, and don’t even want to speak to anyone.
I have been so fortunate to be able to attend as many conventions as I do, with friends that support me along the way. I use my mobility aids when I need to. Sometimes I work a staff into a cosplay. For characters that wouldn’t have one, often times my cane is just out of frame in a cosplay photo. Out of sight, but never out of mind.
I often think about what my life will be like, if and when I eventually lose most of my mobility. I have a list of costumes that are optimized if done by someone who is in a wheelchair or motorized scooter. I add to it occasionally. I can’t say I’m looking forward to that day, but I can say that I will be firmly stating even louder than ever, that being disabled does not take away who you are.
Twenty years ago today, Manon Rhéaume became the first (and only) woman to play in an NHL exhibition game.
A reporter was having her wedding when the quake hit Sichuan today. She went to work immediately. via
^REAL-LIFE LOIS LANE, RIGHT HERE.^
Summer Glau practicing fight choreography for the movie, Serenity (2005). Her kicks are amazing for not having any martial arts experience. She only did ballet. It makes me wish that more ballerinas got into martial arts. Their flexibility is perfectly suited for it.
omg I love gif sets I love tumblr I love watching this a lot
If Disney Princesses Were Jedi Knights
Ariel dual-wields a pair of blue lightsabers under the sea, Rapunzel rocks short hair with an exceptionally long Padawan braid, and Snow White makes one hell of a bad-ass Sith in these illustrations by Ralph Sevelius.
Kelli Giddish + Guns
I miss this show. Even though they fucked Daisy over.
Kelli doing some crazy stunts in Chase
She is so amazing
Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Hilda Knott would like to have a word with you. And perhaps a game.
The 85-year-old British gamer has been mashing buttons for 40 years — roughly the life of the video game industry – and is showing no signs of slowing down.
We’re not talking about just a bunch of boring PC card games, either. In a video interview with the BBC, Knott, who turns 86 next month, shows off her formidable gaming setup, including a sweet 65-inch HDTV and a brand new Playstation 3 Superslim. She discusses her love of Grand Theft Auto IV, which she had a “hilarious” time playing with her 94-year-old-aunt.
Knott acknowledges that her deep love of gaming has helped her stay mentally fit, because “a lot of them have puzzles, working out how to do something.”
She isn’t joking, either, as the video shows her playing the niche tactical role-playing game, Disgaea 4. That’s hardcore. This lady is a gamer, through and through.
And while many of her fellow octogenarians credit games like Wii Sports for keeping them physically active, Knott’s favorite part about playing video games will sound more familiar to the Halo crowd.
“Finding something new in the game,” she says. “Getting on to the next stage, or the next event. And the achievement of finishing it.”
With 40 years of gaming under her belt, we imagine she’s finished quite a few. Hats off to you, Hilda!