A photo of the Lego model of the ATLAS detector.

Playing with Legos at Work!

Over the last few weeks we’ve been spending a lot of time here at the University of Oslo putting together a Lego model of the ATLAS detector. The ATLAS detector is one of the four main particle detectors sitting on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva.

The ATLAS experiment was one of the two main experiments involved in the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012. My research group at the University of Oslo contributed to the design and construction of parts of the inner sections of the ATLAS detector, and has been involved in the research following the start-up in 2009.

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Screenshot from the video with Laverne Cox sitting in a chair on the left and bell hooks on the right.

Video: Dialogue Between Laverne Cox and bell hooks

This is an amazing dialogue between Laverne Cox and bell hooks.

Embedding the video doesn’t seem to work, but you can watch it on colorlines.

Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.

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Image of Patrick Steward holding a sign that reads "Defend rights for women and girls - Amnesty International".

Why Should Feminists Care About Men?

The media is currently full of people with opinions about feminism, like this pieces in Time, but little or no knowledge of the history of feminism and what feminism is in terms of its diversity of ideas and approaches. Feminism is constantly presented as a monolith, constructed as needed by cherry picking whatever suits the critic. Feminism is anything but.

Most people who know a bit about feminist history know that feminism came in waves. In addition there are several branches and off-shoots of feminism, like for instance queer theory. Sure, there are bad off-shoots too, off-shoots that hate men or anything they deem tainted by “maleness”, but they are not the norm.

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Pink, cermaic necklace with the transgender symbol.

Why Do Trans Women Transition in a Sexist Society?

The facebook page “Lesbians and Feminists Against Transphobia” posted an email they received on their page. It was an email from a feminist cis woman asking about trans women. I’ll try to split up the email and respond to each part of it. The email is quoted with the permission of the author.

This is probably a really stupid question to y’all, but to me trans issues are kinda complicated and I don’t really understand, I’m trying to learn not trying to offend, I apologize if I do. But could you explain, in simple non academic language if possible,

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Photo of a Norwegian passport.

Progress for Trans* People in Norway

The fight for LGBT rights is ongoing in Norway, as everywhere else. We as a nation like to boast how good we are at respecting human rights; handing out the Nobel Peace Prize every year. But is it true? Are we that perfect? No. Absolutely not. Norway is one of the countries criticised by Amnesty for violating the human rights of trans* people by requiring sterilisation for legal gender recognition.

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