Nope, it’s not the new MacBook. That review will need to wait until next month. What we have here is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. For all intents and purposes, it’s the same one we last tested in late 2013, except for one important thing: It swaps out the old trackpad in favor of a pressure-sensitive “Force Touch” pad that responds differently depending on how hard you bear down on it. (A hard-press on the skip button in QuickTime, for instance, will let you fast-forward at warp speed.) In addition, the new MBP brings all the spec upgrades you’d expect in a system refresh, including faster SSDs, fresh graphics and Intel’s latest Core processors. At $ 1,299-plus, it’s priced the same as before, and since the design and Retina display haven’t changed, you’re likely to enjoy it as much as you did the last-gen model. I can’t promise you’ll love the new touchpad, though.
Cards Against Humanity, the naughty fill-in-the-blank card game, today launched the $ 10 Science Pack, an expansion offering 30 cards written in collaboration with Bad Astronomer Phil Plait and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal creator Zach Weinersmith. But that’s not the coolest part: All proceeds raised by the Science Pack will be funneled into the Cards Against Humanity and SMBC Science Ambassador Scholarship, which offers full tuition coverage to women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, tech, engineering and mathematics. Applications will go live soon for the fall 2016 school year, and each one will be reviewed by a panel of more than 40 women working in STEM fields, including at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and the Smithsonian Institution.
“We desperately need diversity in science because the alternative makes no sense,” scholarship board member Veronica Berns, PhD, says in a press release. “So often girls are told in both overt and subtle ways that they aren’t able to be good at math and science. With this scholarship, I’m excited to get to tell a passionate girl out there, ‘Yes! What you are doing and dreaming is really great, and here’s some help to get you where you want to go.’”
The Science Pack was already in the works in November, when creators showed it off at the Bay Area Science Festival. Notable examples of science cards include the prompt, “Today on Mythbusters, we find out how long _____ can withstand _____ ,” and possible answer cards, “Uranus” and “The quiet majesty of the sea turtle.” It sounds like a great expansion pack, folks.