For the first time, the biggest prize in mathematics has been awarded to a woman.

Photo by Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study For the first time since the award was first presented in 2003, math’s most prestigious award has been given to a woman. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, the Abel Prize is awarded by the King of Norway to people who have greatly influenced their field of mathematics. It comes with a cash prize of 6 million Norwegian kroner ($700,000). This year’s honoree is Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and professor at the University of Texas. She also hold the titles of Visiting Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University and Visiting Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Uhlenbeck is best known for her work with partial differential equations, but has worked in multiple …

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern is the strong, compassionate leader the world needs right now.

Jacinda Ardern is writing the playbook for stellar leadership following a mass murder in her country. New Zealand’s prime minister was unique in many ways before the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 50 of her people. At 38 years old, Jacinda Ardern is one of the youngest heads of state in the world, and one of just two world leaders who have given birth while in office. She is a Mormon-turned-agnostic who ran a “relentlessly optimistic” campaign—her own words—and who found out she was pregnant only a month after being elected Prime Minister in 2017. Her meteoric rise to political power and popularity, dubbed “Jacindamania” by the media, put her under a pretty bright spotlight. She has solidly held her …

Budweiser tries to apologize for old sexist ads by re-doing some of them for todays woman.

via Brett Jordan / Flickr There are three big reasons why sexist beer ads have fallen by the wayside over the past few years. 1. Millennials are turned off by sexist advertising that degrades women. 2. Craft beers are taking up big shares of the marketplace and their emphasis on quality means more shots of quality hops and less shots of long legs. 3. More women are drinking beer and beverage companies would rather not turn off potential female customers. On International Women’s Day, Budweiser issued a semi-apology for its long history of sexist ads by reimagining three that ran between 1956 and 1962. The new ads transform the images of women from subservient servers of the frothy brew to …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …

This British weatherman interrupted a live debate on crime with a point we all need to hear.

Alex Beresford just couldn’t stay silent while listening to a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime in the UK. With an increase in knife attacks over the past few years, debates over how to handle knife crime in the United Kingdom are common. Similar to gang-related gun violence in the U.S., the majority of victims and perpetrators of such crimes are black youths living in urban areas. And also like gun violence debates in the U.S., such discussions are too often held without representation from the communities being debated. That fact compelled weatherman Alex Beresford to interject from off camera during a live Good Morning Britain debate on knife crime. Police Federation chair, John Apter, was in the middle …

Queen Elizabeth just made her first Instagram post and it has a secret nod to a feminist hero.

Women in STEM apparently have the support of Queen Elizabeth. The Queen posted her first post on the Royal Family Instagram. The 92-year-old monarch paid a visit to the Science Museum in Kensington to announce an exhibit called “Top Secret: from Ciphers to Cyber Security.” The Queen posted two photos of a letter to Prince Albert from Charles Babbage with a caption.  “Today, as I visit the ScienceMuseum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,”theQueen wrote in her post. “Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the ‘Difference Engine,’ of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. The Queen …

The Supreme Court just unanimously voted to stop the police from stealing your stuff for no reason.

via Wikimedia Commons In a landmark unanimous decision issued Wednesday, February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled civil asset forfeiture unconstitutional because it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and fees. Civil asset forfeiture allows local law enforcement agencies to seize people’s cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime. To get their property back, citizens have to prove it wasn’t obtained illegally, even in situations where no indictment was filed. A few examples of ridiculous government overreach provided by Harvard Law Review: Mary and Leon Adams resided in their West Philadelphia house for forty-six years when the police told them to vacate and initiated a civil …

Driver calls officer a a blessing for being more concerned with her safety than writing her a ticket.

via Mathieu Thauvin / Flickr There are few things more distressing than the moment when you see the lights of a police car flashing in your rear-view mirror. Usually, it’s a reason to fear the worst. One Friday morning, Chy-Niece Thacker of Virginia, was on her way to an interview when she saw the lights of Officer Jenkins’ patrol car in her rear-view. Thacker immediately began putting her documents in order to present to the Henrico County Police officer. “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out,” Thacker recalled the officer saying in a Facebook post. Thacker was astonished the officer didn’t seem interested in writing her a ticket, but …

This teacher’s viral door decoration highlights a gut-wrenching truth about slavery.

Black History Month reminds us that the story of America is not always told accurately or honestly. The common saying “history is written by the victors” is not necessarily true. History is written by everyone. We have written narratives of the defeated, the oppressed, the commoners, and the enslaved—we just don’t get to see those stories as often. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that history is usually taught by the victors, which affects how stories get told, what parts are emphasized or deemphasized, and the language chosen to tell those stories. How history is shared and talked about and passed down through the generations makes a difference in how we view it. A combination of historical white supremacy and …

Trumps plan to lower drug costs is a bait-and-switch that leaves seniors paying more.

Images Money / Flickr On Thursday, January 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) led by Secretary Alex Azar, announced a proposal that will have the biggest impact on the American healthcare system since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. The Trump Administration aims to lower drug prices for recipients of Medicare and other government programs by banning drug makers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefits middlemen known as PBMs. Ironically, Azar is the former president of Lilly USA, a pharmaceutical company that has been criticized for raising its prices. During his decade with Lilly, the company notoriously tripled the price of insulin. via Brookings Institution / Flickr Unfortunately for seniors, the new policy is a huge …