If we want to know how COVID-19 works, we need to know more than just the age and sex of who it kills.
Machine-learning algorithms can tell male from female brains. New research shows they might just be noticing that men have larger heads.
Are there innate differences between female and male brains?
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Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.
Gender equality does not mean pretending that ‘male’ and ‘female’ do not exist.
Equal rights are not enough. Inequality exists in our minds, in our biases and prejudices, and that remains to be fixed.
Who’s missing from this picture?
Here's what research actually says about differences between males and females – and the question of what's innate and what's acquired.
Women’s immune systems mount a significantly stronger response against invaders.
Women have evolved to have stronger immunity than men. But this comes with downsides -
women are more likely to have autoimmune diseases due to their "reactive" immune systems.
How does one set of genes result in huge horns in males and none at all in females?
How can the same basic genome produce such different forms in the two sexes of a single species? It turns out one gene can encode for various things, depending on the order its instructions are read.
Victorian mores influenced ideas not just about men and women but animals too.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Victorian attitudes influenced what scientists thought they were observing about sexual behaviors in the animal world. But modern techniques reveal the myth for what it is.
Can we generalize about leadership style based on gender?
Studies can't predict an individual's behavior. But meta-analyses of social science research turn up differences in men's versus women's leadership styles, on average.
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Social stress is a main cause of depression, and women, in general, experience more stress than men. But new research suggests men may be more vulnerable to depression caused by stressful events.
Fathers experience an equal rise in the bonding chemical oxytocin as mothers do when interacting with their infant.
New research suggests disrupted sleep patterns could have more impact on some measures of women's performance than men's.
Our brains are different, but can sex explain why?
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Are there sex differences in the human brain? The answer is more nuanced than yes or no.
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Men aren't from Mars, nor are women from Venus. We're all from Earth.
The more academics fear being involved in media storms, the less they feel free to explore topics they consider important.
Public engagement of academics has increased enormously in recent decades. But this new level of engagement is producing problems and conflicts for which many academics are ill-prepared.
If only I could shut off my my microglia right now.
Clinical health research should stop ignoring important sex differences.
Different is OK.
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Research on distance runners reveals evidence of a large sex difference in competitiveness.
What is it that makes Venus a hottie? Is it her hip-to-waist ratio, or just her slenderness?
"The Birth of Venus", Sandro Boticelli c1486.
Is there an ideal body shape that is universally attractive? A recent study shows that beauty is more complex, and diverse, than that.
Biological differences mean that women and men often have different health outcomes.
Despite significant gains in gender equity over the last few decades, a bias still reigns in one area of medicine. The lack of female representation in both preclinical studies and clinical trials has…
Do you have an answer, science?
Differences between the sexes are one of those endlessly intriguing cases, begging for explanation. People categorised as belonging to different sex categories seem to behave differently, make different…