These women are bucking stereotypes and building a product that’s disrupting an industry.

If Beyoncé is to be believed, women run the world.

GIF via "Run the World (Girls)."

But in STEM careers, women are often underrepresented.

According to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, only about 14% of engineers in the workforce are women.


Now, the root cause of this problem is a complicated one, and it starts early. As a society, we tend to condition ourselves to believe in inherently flawed gender roles. Little boys play with Legos while little girls play with dolls. And this imbalance affects the careers people see themselves in and aspire to. Throw a lack of representation and unconscious bias on top of that, and we find ourselves with a system that’s inherently flawed in ways that are difficult to resolve.

Things may be changing for the better, though.

Just this year, Dartmouth made history when the Thayer School of Engineering graduated a class that was 54% female. No other national research university had ever granted more bachelor's degrees in engineering to women than men.

Pratt & Whitney is part of this larger trend. Their female engineers are bucking the status quo.

GIFs via United Technologies.

And what they’re working on is shaking things up, too. They’re building Geared Turbofan Engines — and they're game-changing.

If that isn't impressive enough, this engine is up to 75% quieter than the standard engine. These engines are greener, they save on fuel, and they're quieter — good riddance, air and noise pollution.

The aviation industry is growing.

And the number of commercial aircraft is increasing — it should more than double in the next 20 years. Innovations like this engine are forward-looking, sustainable solutions to that growth — and the diverse talent building it is a sign of even more progress.

With all of these advancements, the future is looking bright.

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In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

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Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

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I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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