Speller Jairam Hathwar from Painted Post, New York in the championship round of the 2016 National Spelling Bee.
What do recent National Spelling Bee successes reveal about the role of Indian-Americans in brain sports? And is this a moment to expand the definition of what it means to be American?
Humidity levels can mean life or death for insects.
Detecting drier or wetter conditions is crucial for insect survival. We've long known they can do this – now researchers have discovered the genetic and neural basis for their humidity-sensing system.
Successful group outcomes aren’t guaranteed by the simple recipe of ‘Just add diversity.’
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The relationship between social science research and advocates and policymakers is undermined if they cherry-pick evidence that supports their goals, ignoring the wider field.
The climax of popular simianisation was the hugely successful classic of Hollywood’s horror factory, King Kong.
Animalisation remains a malicious and effective form of dehumanisation. Simianisation is a version of this strategy, which historically manifested a lethal combination of sexism and racism.
Obama visits students during a coding event at the White House.
President Obama wants every student to learn computer science. Are separate computing classes the only way to do this?
Everyone ticks multiple demographic boxes.
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No one is only their sex or only their race or only their sexual orientation. Social psychologists are starting to investigate how people of multiple minority groups are perceived.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
En grec, son nom signifie « amateur de rosée au ventre noir ». C’est elle, la mouche drosophile, qui volète autour de la corbeille à fruits. C’est aussi un modèle animal très apprécié des biologistes.
Should professors engage with the lay public?
Two scholars discuss the joys of writing for a lay audience. So why aren’t more academics writing for the public?
They have to learn it somewhere.
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When students land on campus, they often have unanswered questions about their reproductive health. One solution: create a massive open online class to teach them about reproductive health.
How you assess the strength of gender bias research depends on your viewpoint.
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Men are harsher critics of research that reports evidence of gender bias in STEM fields, while women find it more compelling. How can we deal with the reality when we're biased about bias?
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A gene variant prevalent in African Americans may play a role in post-donation kidney failure for living donors. A test for it exists, but there are no guidelines for when it should be used.
How do you feel?
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Smartphones could be used to detect the behavior changes that are associated with depression.
Facebook’s gender ratio is far less equal than this photo of its workers would suggest.
The tech industry is known for having a notably non-diverse workforce. But bias training – when not validated by research that shows it works – isn't going to solve the problem.
Yersinia pestis bacteria start to target the lungs and become so deadly?
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It's a deadly bacterium that can spread like wildfire. New research suggests Yersinia pestis first developed its ability to cause lung infection and then evolved to be highly infectious.
Believing “math isn’t for everyone” may steer kids away from tackling the challenge.
Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.
Speller Dev Jaiswal of Jackson, Mississippi is a second-time National Spelling Bee competitor. He finished fifth in 2015.
This is the eighth year in a row that Indian-American kids have emerged as champions at the National Spelling Bee. What is the 'secret' to their success?
Ask a kid to draw a scientist, you’ll probably get a man in a lab coat.
Even citizens of gender-equal countries associate science with men. The stereotype persists, though weakened a bit in countries with more women doing science. How can we put it to bed once and for all?
Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy often used industrial plastics in his artwork.
László Moholy-Nagy used industrial plastics in his paintings. But for decades, the type of plastic had been misidentified.
Who are these people?
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If there is an important issue, chances are there is federal advisory committee for it. With over 1,000 such committees in operation at any given time, it is worth understanding how they work.