TS Picks: November 12, 2015

Discussing sexism in science; regulating lab-developed tests; humans’ big brains

Tracy Vence
Nov 12, 2015

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Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • #DistractinglySexy—which followed on sexist remarks made by Tim Hunt at a journalists’ luncheon—was one of several conversations on social media about gender issues in science to have emerged in the last year. This week (November 11), Nature examined how scientists are using social media to discuss these issues: “In many ways . . . Twitter conversations about sexism are not new. It is only the venue that has changed, says Hope Jahren, a geobiologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.”
     
  • The Verge on Theranos and other companies marketing laboratory-developed tests as diagnostics
     
  • Homing in on human accelerated regions, among other things, researchers are beginning to understand “how humans evolved supersize brains,” Quanta reported this week (November 10). 

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TS Picks: November 12, 2015

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