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In these Muslim countries women are 50% of students in technical professions

By: Bianca Soldani Source: SBS Engineering classes look different in Jordan, Malaysia and Tunisia, and it has nothing to do their lecture slides. Up to 50 per cent of university students studying engineering in these Muslim-majority countries are women, while in Australia that figure sits at closer to 15 per cent. The same can be said for America where the number of female students is between 15 to 20 per cent, and it’s something Washington State University is trying to improve. Just last month they launched a research project to investigate what Jordan, Malaysia, Tunisia and even Saudi Arabia, are doing to reach gender parity in engineering studies, and how that knowledge can be applied...

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The savage side of selfies

By: Maryam Hedayat Source: MuslimVillage Those were the days we had to depend upon others for taking a single photo, and that too was taken on some special occasions. As technology advanced, photography got easier. Now we have a number of ways and means to get photos taken. Every single moment is captured in no time. That technology has enabled a trend that seems to capture much of modern culture: the selfie trend. For the remaining two or three people out there who may not know, a selfie is a self-portrait photo, usually taken with the front camera of mobile phone held in the hand. Selfies are very often shared on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “Selfie”...

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How tablets and mobiles can harm children

By: Dr Mary Aiken Source: The Telegraph Not long ago I was sitting on a train going from Dublin to Galway. A mother and baby came to sit across the aisle and began feeding. In a wonderful display of dexterity, she held the bottle in one hand and clutched a mobile phone in the other. Out of the corner of my eye, I observed her with a researcher’s curiosity. Ethnography is the immersive study of people and cultural phenomena, when the researcher is embedded in the social group being studied. As a cyberpsychologist, I am living in a continual ethnographic study. Hardly an hour goes by when I don’t notice how people are interacting with technology. Ten or fifteen minutes passed. The mother...

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