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Most of us make daily decisions about who we choose to work and collaborate with. So what if we used that to improve professional diversity? rawpixel / unsplash

My CV is gender biased. Here’s what I plan to do about it

A confession: I can count on a single hand the number of women I have invited to collaborate with me on publications and grants.
Our decision-making and conduct is influenced by what we read, see or hear. (Shutterstock)

Why we see hope for the future of science journalism

Science is a part of everyday life. Science journalists can do more to connect science to the public.
It’s a good idea to wash your hands after you go to the toilet, after you blow your nose, before you help prepare food and before you eat. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Curious Kids: why do we need soap?

While we move soap around, it lifts up invisible oil that holds germs onto your hand.
Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards. Shutterstock

Minding the gender gap in science prizes

Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards.
Mountains keep growing and growing and growing for many millions of years until they are so heavy that they can no longer grow taller, only wider. Photo by Jeff Finley on Unsplash

Curious Kids: how do mountains form?

When I was little, geologists worked out Earth's surface was made of pieces, like a giant puzzle. Those pieces, called “tectonic plates”, move and bump into each other and mountains form.
Colour blind people are really good at spotting things that are far away, and they are better than most people at telling things apart by their shape. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: why are people colour blind?

Some colour blind people only have two kinds of cone cell in their eye. Others have three kinds, but the cones do not pick up the same light waves as the cone cells in most people's eyes do.
A new statistical test lets scientists figure out if two groups are similar to one another. paleontologist natural/shutterstock.com

The equivalence test: A new way for scientists to tackle so-called negative results

A new statistical test lets researchers search for similarities between groups. Could this help keep new important findings out of the file drawer?

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