VR & video games against inequality and gender violence

The world of video games and virtual reality have focused exclusively on digital entertainment for decades but technological advances in these fields, such as the innovations brought by HTC Vive glasses in the face of the competition, have begun to produce results in other areas such as education and health.

New technologies have entered into educational centers with strength. There are more and more video games with didactic purposes for children to learn while having fun, and not only about the subjects, but also as a means to promote inclusion (e.g. Dogchild against animal abuse) and raise awareness among the youngest people. Likewise, virtual reality glasses are being used to treat some disorders or phobias, etc., since they can immerse us in a simulated virtual world to deal with a multitude of situations,  and even put ourselves in the situation fo another person to work on empathy, which is what we are going to talk about.

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Download Squid and follow us with this fantastic news app

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Hentech is a blog that brings together feminism and technology, and what better to read the news from this fantastic app born in the cradle of feminism: Sweden. We are talking about Squid, an application for mobile devices with which you can immerse yourself in an ocean of fresh news to be always up to date with everything that happens in the world.

Squid is a project that was born in Stockholm, with the idea of becoming one of the best news apps we can find for our mobile devices, both for iOS and Android. You can easily install it from the Apple Store and Google Play stores to use it wherever you are.

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Elisabeth Christina von Linné’s spark

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For some time, I have had this idea of giving more spotlight to the women science might have forgotten, to show young girls out there that science has always been a place where women have been. Maybe not as frequently as men, it wasn’t generally accepted after all, but they’re there if you look. Some women made a mark on history even if society were against them. Maybe they were wives or daughters of scientists and learned men, maybe they just stood their ground, insisting to do what they loved despite the resistance.

I found it hard to decide what brilliant mind I was going to start with, but after some research I found, to my joyful surprise, that my idol Carl Linnaeus own daughter had made a mark in history. Small, maybe not that relevant at all, but I couldn’t help but instantly love her. As a biologist, carrying a name after Linnaeus himself, I felt it was my duty to introduce Elisabeth Christina von Linné to anyone that would care enough to notice her. Continue reading “Elisabeth Christina von Linné’s spark”

In memory of Ángela Ruiz Robles: precursor of the ebook

We will dedicate this first article to a Spanish woman who doesn’t deserve to be forgotten, Ángela Ruiz Robles, and her most outstanding work: the mechanical encyclopedia. Many people today use an eBook, but very few know their Spanish predecessor. Then, the target is that you know her history. Come On!

Ángela was born on March 28, 1895 in Villamanín, province of León (Spain). There she would enter the School of Teacher Training of León to become a teacher and director at the Gordón School during 1917, and a year later she would get a place at a school in Mandia, a small village near Ferrol. During her trajectory she obtained several distinctions and awards for his merits in the different schools he went through. And those merits aren’t only limited to having gone to studies in a chovinist era and where women were destined to shape their future as housewives, but because she came to give lectures and writo important books, up to 16 scientific works between 1938 and 1946 and it is worth highlighting the 1944 Grammatical Scientific Atlas. Continue reading “In memory of Ángela Ruiz Robles: precursor of the ebook”