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Sugary science by 10 year olds

It's always nice to finish things with a sweet taste, and in case you haven't seen it, a new study on whether bees can combine color and pattern in deciding where to forage will leave you with a sugary biology aftertaste for 2010. Published in a serious journal (Biology Letters from the Royal Society), it's written by 10 year olds,

Women, Physics, and Testosterone - Believing is half the battle

Although women now make up more than 1/2 of college students in the U.S., there is still a persistent gap in the number of women in the sciences, particularly in physics, and related fields like engineering and math.

Educating pre-medical students: the testing dilemma

Many of the students in our biology classes want to be doctors, and I recently stumbled on what looks like a major effort to update the pre-med curriculum, sponsored by the medical colleges association and HHMI. The thrust of the report is that to get into medical school, students should show "competency"

Brain games and quantitative biology

Over the past couple decades lots of companies have come out with brain games that are supposed to increase brain function through training. A recent article in Nature pretty definitively shows that these supposed generalized brain training exercises don't do much of anything, a result that I think might speak to interdisciplinary science teaching as well.

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