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Exposure to Chemical from Babies Linked to Aggression
A study finds that the odorless compound hexadecanal, or HEX, increases aggressive behavior in women but has a calming effect on men.
Exposure to Chemical from Babies Linked to Aggression
Exposure to Chemical from Babies Linked to Aggression

A study finds that the odorless compound hexadecanal, or HEX, increases aggressive behavior in women but has a calming effect on men.

A study finds that the odorless compound hexadecanal, or HEX, increases aggressive behavior in women but has a calming effect on men.

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Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Annie Melchor | Sep 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Centuries of folklore backed by scientists in the early 1900s have perpetuated the idea that menstruating women can exert dangerous forces.
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Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021 | 2 min read
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
Pandemic May “Roll Back” Women’s Gains in STEMM: NASEM Report
Catherine Offord | Mar 10, 2021 | 2 min read
A National Academies study of COVID-19’s effect on academic researchers adds to the evidence that women’s careers have been particularly damaged by the global disruption.
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Menstrual Cycles Intermittently Sync with Moon Cycles: Study
Asher Jones | Feb 5, 2021 | 6 min read
A long-term study finds that these rhythms align at certain times of women’s lives, shedding new light on the controversial idea that lunar phases influence human reproduction.
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Gender Gap in Research Output Widens During Pandemic
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 25, 2020 | 8 min read
Experts identify childcare, which tends to fall to women, as one likely cause for the relative decrease in women’s scientific productivity compared with men’s.
Scholars Debate Causes of Women’s Underrepresentation in STEM
Amy Schleunes | Feb 17, 2020 | 2 min read
Two new commentaries on a contested 2018 study about gender disparities in STEM fields clash over whether sex differences or social inequalities are to blame for the lack of women scientists and engineers.
Image of the Day: Old Ovaries
Amy Schleunes | Feb 6, 2020 | 1 min read
Oxidative stress associated with aging damages ovarian cells in both humans and nonhuman primates.
Image of the Day: Marijuana for Endometriosis?
Amy Schleunes | Jan 31, 2020 | 1 min read
THC, the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, improved symptoms associated with the inflammatory disease in a mouse model.
Opinion: Can Prizes Help Women Shatter Science’s Glass Ceiling?
Marja Makarow | Oct 2, 2019 | 3 min read
As we await the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize winners, it’s time to question why female scientists still lag behind their male colleagues.
If members don’t explicitly believe gender discrimination exists, they allow implicit stereotypes to sway their decision-making, according to a new analysis of real-world hiring decisions.
Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019 | 4 min read
If members don’t explicitly believe gender discrimination exists, they allow implicit stereotypes to sway their decision-making, according to a new analysis of real-world hiring decisions.
Opinion: How to Stop Women’s Silence in STEM
Andrea Anton, Francisca C. Garcia, and Maria Ll. Calleja | Jul 16, 2019 | 3 min read
Our survey of seminars in biology and chemistry shows that women ask fewer questions than men. We propose ways to change that.
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NIH Imposes Term Limits for Lab Chiefs
Kerry Grens | May 3, 2019 | 1 min read
More turnover in the agency’s intramural program could boost diversity among laboratory leadership.
More than 8,000 Have Joined “Request a Woman Scientist” Database
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 24, 2019 | 2 min read
In a survey, 11 percent of participants say they have been contacted for media interviews, panels, and other opportunities.
Rat Study Points to Role of Uterus in Memory
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 7, 2018 | 1 min read
When researchers removed the reproductive organ, female rats had more difficulty solving a water maze.
To Highlight Gender Gaps, Scientists Decline Opportunities
Diana Kwon | Aug 24, 2018 | 3 min read
Activists are protesting imbalanced conferences, editorial boards, and other professional activities by refusing to join.
Women Are Underrepresented at Conferences: Study
Diana Kwon | Apr 25, 2018 | 2 min read
An analysis of abstracts from American Geophysical Union meetings reveals that female scientists get fewer speaking opportunities than men.
Women Less Successful When Applying for Patents
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2018 | 3 min read
An investigation of 2.7 million patent submissions in the U.S. finds gender disparities throughout the application process.
Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 19, 2018 | 2 min read
Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.
The Forgotten History of World War I–Era Female Scientists
Patricia Fara | Mar 1, 2018 | 3 min read
As millions of men headed off to fight in the Great War, women researchers stayed behind to further science. Their struggle for equality rages on today.
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