Feature 20 June 2012 By Tiffany O'CallaghanTHE lump in her right breast was smaller than a pea. When she first noticed it, last August, 28-year-old photographer Ellen Doherty was busy working on an exhibition. She put off visiting the doctor for a month. When Doherty finally went, the doctor said it was probably nothing to worry about. But they did a scan to be sure – and that led to several more tests. Finally they said she had a 2.8-millimetre tumour known as ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. Like many women given this diagnosis, Doherty had never heard of it before. She quickly devoured any information she could find, but came away confused. The term “in situ” means that the cancerous cells are contained within the breast’s milk ducts and have not invaded the surrounding tissue. This kind of lesion is not harmful unless it progresses past that stage and becomes invasive, but it is treated just as aggressively as invasive … [Read more...] about Cruel cuts: Is all breast cancer surgery necessary?
As we told you exclusively last Wednesday, Verizon has laid off some of its retail staff while in the midst of a restructuring of the division. The jobs being axed belonged to Operations Specialists and Experience Specialists. Those two positions have been replaced by the new "retail support specialist" as the two former jobs are combined into one. While Verizon failed to say how many jobs were affected, our tipster told us that 500 people were laid off by Big Red. Some of these men and women will be given the new job of retail support specialist. The new job will cover store operations, customer experience, merchandising and cash management. Anyone losing their job at Verizon with this action is allowed to apply for a new position at the wireless operator.Verizon said that competition in the wireless industry is the reason for the move. The carrier is the nation's largest wireless operator in the states, followed by AT&T. T-Mobile is third with Sprint at number four.source: CBS … [Read more...] about Verizon makes it official, cuts retail jobs
Almost immediately after Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell was un-nominated for a "Pioneer" award over accusations of sexism, questions arose from gaming fans and historians alike: was the reaction appropriate? They wanted to know: was a "#NotNolan" campaign too quick to pass judgement based on salacious rumors? Or was it a measured response to how the gaming and technology industries look so many years later? A report from Kotaku's Cecilia D'Anastasio came closest to answering that question on Monday. For the report, she interviewed a compelling spectrum of women who are perhaps best equipped to speak to the question: Bushnell's female peers within Atari, as well as female industry researchers and historians. The report doesn't come close to a definitive answer, and its hesitation to render any verdict on the matter is perhaps its greatest strength. Atari didn’t “prepare us for the real world” The report's most interesting details come from those who worked with … [Read more...] about 12 ex-Atari women respond to #NotNolan controversy, offer ‘70s perspective
With a history of producing luxurious and chic watches for women, Michele has made the plunge into the tech industry with the Michele Hybrid Smartwatch. It blends the elegant style of an analog watch with the useful features of a smartwatch when paired with the Michele Connected app for iOS and Android. In our review, we found a smartwatch with stunning design and good performance, but a far too high price tag. Comfortable and sporty watch design The Michele Hybrid’s watch face is bigger than most other women’s smartwatches on the market, which also means it’s a little heavier. We were particularly excited to see a 38mm stainless steel case with large bezels, because it made the watch look thicker and less delicate than other ones on the market. Regardless of the color variant, it’s a watch we were able to wear during the day and night without feeling like it threw off an entire outfit. It comes in different color options – two tone white and navy, navy … [Read more...] about The Michele Hybrid is a stunning watch for women with some smart capabilities
Luge looks silly. It looks easy, too: lie down on a sled, let gravity do the work, climb the podium. In reality, of course, luge is fascinatingly complex. And, as American Emily Sweeney’s brutal crash this week made clear, it's dangerous too. A good start is crucial (that’s where the gloves with little spikes on the fingertips come in). The rule of thumb says every 1/100th of a second you lose up top compounds to 1/10th of a second by the end of the run. Aerodynamics is so important, sliders practice their form in wind tunnels. Because that form includes keeping their head back, they rely on peripheral vision and memory to steer—if you can call flexing your feet and shoulders to manipulate a sled “steering.” Winning requires finding the perfect line through a dozen or so turns on a course made of ice, whose exact shape changes from one run to the next. Of course, you'd know none of this from watching luge during the Winter Olympics. That's because NBC's … [Read more...] about Olympic Commentators Should Cut the Chit-Chat and Just Explain the Sport