Would you say that a female college professor is more likely to be annoying, bossy, or unfair? Or that a male professor has a better chance of being wise, intelligent, or awesome?
An interactive chart gaining attention on social media this week suggests just that. By using 14 million teacher reviews from RateMyProfessors.com, Northeastern history professor Ben Schmidt created a data visualization that allows users to explore words used to describe male and female teachers. By typing any word into the box, the chart rearranges to display how often the word is used and in which subject areas. Many of the results illustrate gendered language.
Read MoreLife after deathFacebook creates a 'living will' for users' accounts after death
Until recently, the fate of a Facebook page after the user's death has been a decidedly gray area. Family members of the deceased were able to reach out to the social network and ask to have a page taken down or turned into a memorial, but the user had little say in the decision and even then, no one had oversight to manage the memorial page.
But this morning, Facebook announced that it has created new protocols for the site which allow users to make decisions about the fate of their online lives after their death. Think of it as a living will for your social media profile.
Read MoreMagic Bus AppWanderu launches mobile app to make bus travel easier
The sound of social media is more cacophony than symphony. But if you have the right tools to listen, you can cut through the noise. Such is the theory behind Compass, the new platform launched Wednesday by Luminoso, the social analytics firm in Cambridge with roots in the MIT Media Lab.
A pocket-sized lab that connects to a smartphone through its audio port has shown promise as a rapid and affordable detector for HIV and syphilis in remote areas without a reliable electricity or health clinics nearby.
Health care workers at a clinic in Rwanda tested the device on 96 patients and found that the test powered by the smartphone suitably convincing. A whole 97 percent of patients preferred the device over the typical lab-test method, which takes longer, and is more expensive. Read More
Many educators agree that teaching STEM subjects requires hands-on, experiential education (as opposed to "teaching to the test"). But the tools and materials they need to do so are often too costly or too scarce in the budget-stretched world of education.
Boston-based NVBOTS, a MassChallenge alum with roots at MIT, provides one solution for schools struggling to fund hands-on experiences in subjects like physics, biology, and math. The company has created a 3-D printing system for schools that includes printer hardware, software that's easy to use, and printing materials like plastic. Their goal is to make it simple for teachers to integrate 3-D printing into their regular classroom activities. Read MoreTakes a kicking and keeps on tickingKicked but still standing: Boston Dynamics' new robot has a stunning sense of balance
Google-owned bot maker Boston Dynamics has added another leggy member to its family of fearsome robotic quadrupeds. This one’s called Spot, and its special talent is a killer sense of balance. Even as Boston Dynamics employees repeatedly kick the robot, it manages to stay standing.
Read MoreBook Club WarsZuckerberg's no Oprah: His book club is a dud
It all started on Jan. 2, 2015, when Mark Zuckerberg shared one of his New Year’s resolutions with the world. He wanted to read more books in 2015. So he set up a Facebook Group called A Year of Books and quickly had over 200,000 likes overnight. He was going to be the next Oprah, TechCrunch reported rather breathlessly.
It hasn't quite turned out that way.