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On A Mission To Engage Young Readers in STEM

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“Engineers are boys!” That’s all Komal Singh needed. When the Google software engineer heard this cry from her 4-1/2-year-old daughter, it provided the springboard for Ara the Star Engineer (Page Two Books), a first-of-its-kind picture book designed to inspire girls and children of color to explore STEM (job fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.) The troubling lack of women and people of color in STEM is big problem, and it begins in childhood: Girls start doubting their STEM intelligence by age six. Women make up only 25 percent of the STEM workforce. Black men and black women only make up to 3 percent and 2 percent of scientists, respectively. So Singh and fellow female Google engineers decided to volunteer their…

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Trending: Google Doodle Celebrates Life & Legacy of Selena

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Selena Quintanilla was known as the Queen of Tejano music when her life was tragically cut short in 1995.  Murdered by a fan and one-time confidant, Selena, who died at age 23, is now revered as a legend and her fan base has grown exponentially in the 22 years since her death. Today, Google honored Selena with her own animated Google Doodle and exhibit on what is the anniversary of the release of her first solo album.  Released in 1989, Selena, is a Tejano classic.  Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, raved about the celebration saying, “Selena would be so excited. It’s such an honor.” The Doodle was designed by Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles who looked to Selena…

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Google Searches for Your Next Novel Could Get You in Hot Water with the NSA!

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“What are the weakest ports of entry to the United States?” “How much for a fake social security number?” “Caribbean to the U.S. without documents…” NSA spies could be forgiven for pegging me as a human trafficker. A scan of web queries from my IP address in the last year would reveal that someone with access to my password-protected router routinely Googled for information about sneaking into the U.S. I’m somewhat surprised that a black suited agent in dark sunglasses hasn’t come to check out my basement. I’m not shocked, however, that my questions all had answers buried in the recesses of the web. Google is to information what Ali Baba’s imaginary, magic cave was to treasure. It’s almost unfathomable…

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EXCLUSIVE! Google’s Joris Merks-Benjaminsen Discusses Today’s Digital Job Market

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Can millennials work for baby boomers when it sometimes seems as if they don’t even speak the same language? What unique skills can millennials offer—and what are millennials looking for in return from their employers? These are the kind of questions that Joris Merks-Benjaminsen, Google’s European Head of Insights Communication, looks to answer in his new book, Think and Grow Digital: What the Net Generation Needs to Know to Survive and Thrive in Any Organization (McGraw-Hill Education, 2014). In the book, Merks-Benjaminsen shows how millennials can thrive in a digital corporate world still dominated by the older generation while retaining their own ideals and values. Merk-Benjaminsen will be the guest of a #BTLiveChat on July 22 at 1 p.m. EDT.…

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Fitness-crazed athletes stop the world for Google’s Project Loon

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Your help is needed! Google’s Project Loon (a research and development project to ensure global Internet connectivity by devising a coverage grid comprised of LTE- and WiFi-equipped high-altitude balloons released into the sky) cannot launch unless the entire world comes to a complete standstill for a fraction of a second. Talk about a tall order. To solve this problem, Google enlisted the help of Joe De Sena, and his global community of super-strong Spartans, to perform a worldwide, synchronized Burpee (what was once called a squat-thrust) in order to jolt the Earth to a halt, allowing Google’s Loon balloons to rise in succession. Watch them attempt to defy (or better yet halt) gravity…       *Oh, by the way,…

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