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The Missing Links: The Upside of Swimming With Sharks

Colin Patrick

Dr. Lydia E. Kavraki: A Woman Making Robots Work

Kate Erbland

Dr. Lydia E. Kavraki’s list of accomplishments, accolades, and titles is almost too much to process.

Kim Swift, the Woman Behind Portal

Kate Erbland

Swift’s work is some of the most engaging, brainy, and fun in modern game technology.

The First Woman to Earn a PhD in Computer Science Was a Nun

Adrienne Crezo

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller's dissertation, written in CDC FORTRAN 63, was titled "Inductive Inference on Computer Generated Patterns."

Swimming With Jellyfish

Chris Higgins

How Carly Gloge is Changing the Face of Toys

Stacy Conradt

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news: Kids have short attention spans. But innovator and designer Carly Gloge has been able to use that universal truth to fuel innovation.

Brain Game: Math Square #189

Sandy Wood

12 Things Made Collectible Thanks to Spelling Errors

Arika Okrent

When it comes to collectibles of any kind, spelling errors always add interest and value.

19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women

Amanda Green

Necessity isn't the only mother of invention. Though it wasn't always easy to get patents or the credit they deserved, women are responsible for many items we use today.

Are You a Nina, a Pinta, or a Santa Maria?

Mangesh & Jason

Don't be the only person at your Columbus Day party who doesn't know which of the explorer's ships you're most like!

The Rise and Fall of Rome in 5 Minutes

Chris Higgins

Meet the 'Refrigerator Ladies' Who Programmed the ENIAC

Alyson Sheppard

Meet the long-forgotten women who programmed the first all-electric computer, the ENIAC.

Weekend Links: An In-Ear Art Gallery

Roma Panganiban

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.

7 Insights on Writing from Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro

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