South Bay teen author shares love of coding through books

In “The Code Detectives,” two middle school girls who love coding use artificial intelligence to solve mysteries. For 17-year-old author Ria Dosha, writing the book series is a way to advocate for increasing diversity within the technology field.

“I’ve brought a diverse cast of characters to life, with the series centering around Ramona Diaz, a powerful young girl of color,” says Ria, a student at Cupertino’s Monta Vista High School. “The book series gives young girls strong, fictional role models in technology and AI, and introduces them to AI topics in a compelling way, clearing common misconceptions.”

Ria writes what shoe knows, and vice versa. She is the founder of CodeBuddies, which uses workshops, panels, challenges and more to promote problem-solving through technology. She is also the founder of Monta Vista’s Women in AI club, where she teaches girls the impact of artificial intelligence in daily life.

Her work has

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All the New Science Fiction Books Arriving in October!

Head below for the full list of science fiction titles heading your way in October!

Keep track of all the new SFF releases here. You can also find horror titles scheduled for 2020 here. All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher. Note: Release dates are subject to change.


WEEK ONE (October 6)

The Ministry for the Future—Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us—and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face. It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original books on climate change ever

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5 Books to Read if You Want to Understand the Future of Work

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5 Books to Read if You Want to Understand the Future of Work

An Oxford economist recommends the best books to get up to speed on the future of work.


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Will robots take all our jobs? And if they do, will that be a good thing or a bad thing? How will we have to change our politics, education system, and economy to respond to tech-based disruption of the labor market?

Everyone from Elon Musk and Bill Gates to Stephen Hawking and a host of presidential candidates has loudly disagreed about these important questions. If you’re not an economist or an A.I. expert, the debates can be confusing. How can you direct your business, your kid’s education, or your own learning if even the experts can’t agree on what the future of

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Neuroscientist mom writes science adventure books for all kinds of kids

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In the spring of 2017, Theanne Griffith was a new mom on maternity leave with her first baby girl, Violeta. It was hard. Breastfeeding was so much more challenging than Griffith ever expected, and sleep deprivation was no joke. Still, the pause from her demanding role as a postdoctoral neuroscientist at Columbia University gave her some time to think.

All her life, Griffith had two consistent loves: science and books. She’d always dreamed of becoming a children’s book author — a goal that kept being put on hold as her scientific career flourished. Why was she letting that happen, though?

“I remember sitting there on my couch, breastfeeding my 1-month-old, and I thought, ‘Theanne, you know what, just do it,’” Griffith, 34, told TODAY Parents. “I started a website and changed my Twitter handle to say I was a children’s book writer. …

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Coffee table books that bring the wonders of our planet into your living room

Spruce up your coffee table by investing in some beautiful books for you and your guests to peruse. Start off your collection by grabbing one (or two) eye-grabbing Earth focused compendiums. Learn more about our planet, gaze at stunning images, and wow your friends while keeping clutter to a minimum. A coffee table book takes us just the right amount of space and will leave your home feeling ordered and organized but never boring. From the plains to the oceans, check out some of our favorite Earth focused books and start planning out your table arrangement.

a view of a city at night: See the world in all sorts of new ways.

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See the world in all sorts of new ways.

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Get ready to explore.

This book is the most extensive collection of Art Wolfe’s work and you don’t want to miss it. Wolfe has dedicated his life to exploring, understanding, and photographing the world’s richest

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Trilogy books tell success stories using science and technology

MANY are inspired at the modest stories of technology giants such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft and how it overcame almost insurmountable circumstances to reach the top through sheer hard work and of course science, technology and innovation.

With that being said, the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) has its own success stories to tell as it launches a series of books that celebrates the many success of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through innovations.

Dubbed as Science For The People, the book series which DoST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña claims “present the very essence of Filipinnovation that put into reality Science for the People which is our ultimate goal,”— features a trilogy of books namely Science For Scale, Science For Success, and Science For Social Change.

The books were launched on September 24 and highlighted how technological innovations have turned things around for the various enterprises,

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Hitting the Books: The invisible threat that every ISS astronaut fears

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Excerpted from How to Astronaut: An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth by Terry Virts (Workman). © 2020.

For all the emergency training I went through as an astronaut, I never expected to be holed up in the Russian segment of the ISS, the hatch to the US segment sealed, with my crew waiting and wondering—would the space station be destroyed? Was this the end? As we floated there and pondered our predicament, I felt a bit like the guy in the Alanis Morissette song “Ironic,” who was going down in an airplane crash, thinking to himself, “Now isn’t this ironic?” This is how we ended up in that situation.

Every space station crew trains for all types of emergencies—computer failures, electrical shorts, equipment malfunctions, and more serious fire and air leak scenarios. However, on the International Space Station, the most dangerous of all is an ammonia leak. In

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