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In Virtual Reality, Women Run the World New York Magazine

A mere tech child or not, virtual reality is expected to be a $150 billion industry by 2020. Silicon Valley and gaming Internet culture in general are known for their hard-ass mentality about women in their midst. Because virtual reality is truly an original opportunity for creators, women are -- for once -- operating in a relatively level playing field. There is “no formalized industry, and therefore no industry hierarchy, making it particularly welcoming to outsiders and newcomers,” explains Julia Kaganskiy, director of the New Museum’s New Inc. incubator. “Effectively everyone is a newcomer, and there are virtually no insiders.”

Women populate VR panels, conferences, support groups, and mentor relationships in significant numbers. Four of the 11 virtual-reality projects in the New York Film Festival’s Convergence division, a creative combo of VR and immersive storytelling, were created by women. and Convergence programmer Matt Bolish, a Convergence programmer, says in the five years of the program, “women have not only been at the forefront as creators, but as producers, writers, and financiers."

Women made a strong showing at the New Frontier VR exhibition at Sundance this past January. Helping celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program,  40% or a record 13 of the 32 lead artists on VR projects were women. “This is really a powerful medium and we have to make sure we do better this time,” says Kamal Sinclair, who directs the New Frontier Labs program. “We saw how women dropped out of computer science in the early ’80s. They were there in the beginning. How do we make sure we learn from those missteps?”

Is Harlem the Next Chelsea for Art World?

Is Harlem New York City's Next Art Enclave? The Wall Street Journal

Art dealer Elizabeth Dee has waved goodbye to New York's Chelsea district and moved to Harlen, where she is open for business in a 12,000-square-foot gallery. Dee bought an apartment in Harlem four years ago and has spent her precious, 'free' time cycling around her neighborhood. An abandoned building with two sun-filled floors on Fifth Avenue at 126th Street, right next to the National Black Theatre. After chatting up a local merchant, Dee eventually met the owner of the building and now she has moved in.

Contemporary art gallery Gavin Brown’s Enterprise moved from the West Village to 127th Street earlier this year, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, which, coincidentally, had its first home in Dee’s new space, is planning a major expansion with noted architect David Adjaye. Many artists, including Julie Mehretu and Ugo Rondinone and his partner, John Giorno (whom Dee represents), have already migrated north. Dee is confident other galleries will follow, whether big operations in search of satellite spaces or smaller ones like her own that are getting priced out of downtown.

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The Sexist Response to a Science Book Prize The Atlantic

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Vogue editors accused of hypocrisy after declaring war on fashion bloggers The Guardian


How Rémy Martin Ensures Their Storied Cognac Stays on Top Observer

We met Sonya Sicaire, who’s been managing the 7.5-acre vineyard in the rolling hills of Cognac almost entirely on her own for 16 years, since she inherited it from her grandfather. Like many of the 1,000 external growers Rémy Martin sources from, Sicaire does everything in the process of making great cognac from pruning and harvesting to repairing her own equipment by hand. 

“I’m very proud to follow the traces of my family,” Sicaire said. “It’s hard work, and you need to observe each time. People think there’s nothing to do in vineyards because it’s green and quiet, but while the vines are independent and can grow themselves, I’m here to make the grapes good.”


Once-In-A-Lifetime Photo captures a Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies in the Amazon Modern Met

Photographer Mark Cowan captured the photo of a lifetime in his research work in herpetology for the U of Michigan. Biologically, butterflies need salt to survive. Here, the water collected in the caiman's skin provides life-sustaining nutrients in a process called commensalism. 


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One of Mexico City's Hottest Dining Trends? Eating Insects

Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure-Mexico local guide Ubish Yaren, says that the eating of insects dates back to pre-Hispanic times. “Why do you start eating insects or cactus or things with spines? Because of need,” says Yaren. “But now, insects are one of the most expensive ingredients in Mexican cuisine.” The commitment to insects ties in with the worldwide eat local trend and the artisan emphasis on heritage items.  Mexico City’s dining scene elevates the trend of celebrating simple ingredients beyond vegetables to insects.

Natural Wonders in a Renewed Congo WSJ Magazine

After years of civil war that ravaged Eastern Congo, Virugna National Park's team of restorers is bringing peace and a sense of security to the area -- along with hope for its gorilla population. 


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Miss Michigan, Pamela Anne Eldred, and Miss Ohio , Kathy Lynn Baumann, September 7, 1969

Miss Michigan, Pamela Anne Eldred, and Miss Ohio , Kathy Lynn Baumann, September 7, 1969

That Time Feminists Descended on the Miss America Pageant

Forty-eight years ago this week, a few hundred women arrived on the Atlantic City boardwalk and staged the infamous bra-burning protest. (Men were allowed to drive them to the event, but not to participate: “Male chauvinist-reactionaries on this issue had best stay away, nor are male liberals welcome in the demonstrations. But sympathetic men can donate money as well as cars and drivers,” the organizers instructed.)
As it turns out, no underwear was actually burned. A giant trash can was erected on the boardwalk into which were tossed mops, pots, copies of women’s magazines andPlayboy, false eyelashes, high heels, hair rollers, cosmetics, and, of course, girdles, and bras, and there were erroneous reports in the press that this ignominious heap, this hot mess, was set ablaze. But fire or no fire, this group of activists—some with nerves of steel managed to get inside the hall and unfurl a bedsheet from the balcony that read Women’s Liberation before getting thrown out—brought the issue of women’s rights to riveting attention across the country.