After hearing out the challenges, a hacker races to form a team that will compensate for the skills she’s missing. Teams can comprise designers, computer programmers, data scientists, project managers–whoever is needed to make the team’s idea succeed. Hackers brainstorm together, creating ideas and then persuading others to join them. Hence the almost-yelling happening around the room.

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Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: this isn’t a story about winning. Instead, like all athletic pursuits that I engage in, this is a story about me enduring long enough and hard enough to collapse across the finish line.

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Em Bell is a writer, outdoorswoman, and adventure-maker. She was the first woman to kayak the length of Great Britain, stand-up paddle the 1001 miles of the Missouri, and she’s not done yet. Read on to learn about her next trips, the joys of not-planning, and Em’s top recommendations for things to do in the UK (that you would never think of).

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oday. June 26th, 2014. Seems like a typical day, right? Not for Amelia Rose Earhart. Today this 31-year-old woman is attempting to recreate and symbolically complete the journey of her namesake (*psst– they are not actually related*). If successful, she will become the youngest woman to ever fly a single-engine aircraft around the world. Oh …

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There were some days when I hiked as many as 8 trails and there were some unfortunate weeks when I couldn’t get out at all. In the end, I was able to complete all 52 hikes before moving to Colorado around week 40.

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Yes, it can be safe to travel as a woman — even alone, but you can’t be naïve about it. If you want to be safe, there are four major things to consider before going anywhere:

1. Where are you traveling, and what do you know about the place?
2. What are you doing there?
3. Do you attract attention / do you stick out?
4. Can you get help from authorities if you need it?

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by Charlotte Matthews The girl doing my makeover floats between counters, pulling colors she promises will make me more myself. Her hands are expert and she is kind, but when it’s over I don’t know who it is I see. All I wanted was to be a kid again. At the pediatrician, when the doctor …

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Cross-country skiing is certainly an amazing workout. It passes my personal “how hard am I working?” test: it makes me sweat while I’m doing it and makes me sore when I’m done. With cross country, the sweat is intense (great for a cold weather sport as long as you keep moving) and the soreness is all over – legs, core, and arms.

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[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]eenage girls these days are the bomb. Thirteen-year-old Malavath Poorna of India summited Mount Everest this week, breaking the record for the world’s youngest woman to climb the mountain. What’s more, she scaled the more difficult Tibetan side, making her achievement even more awesome (in every sense of the word). From a rural family …

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