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.
Fluorescent security ink produces multicolor barcode visible under UV light.
Invisible under normal light but fluorescent under UV light, this ink can print out unique signatures that use 'molecular encryption' to authenticate anything they tag.
One study found women twice as likely to be chosen for tenure-track STEM jobs.
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Figuring out points along the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pipeline where women are doing ok can help focus efforts to improve sex ratios where they can make a difference.
Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Tuesday's Chicago mayoral run-off reveals fissures within the city's Democratic infrastructure and demonstrates potential divisions in the national Democratic Party
Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari celebrating.
What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria -- unprecedented in the country's history -- has global significance in the fight against cultist jihadism.
Decreasing funding for fruit-fly research will hurt people, not flies.
These insects are so much more than just the scourge of fruit bowls everywhere. They're a key model system for all kinds of research that teaches us about our own brain and body systems.