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Women go into science careers more often in countries without gender equality

Ars Technica - 42 min 1 sec ago

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A large number of social factors have discouraged women from pursuing careers in science and technology. But in a number of countries, an increasingly egalitarian view of gender differences has been associated with rising math and science scores for girls. However, that change hasn't been followed by increased participation in science and tech careers; in fact, the frequency of women pursuing degrees in these areas is often higher in societies that are far from egalitarian.

Two researchers, Gijsbert Stoet of the UK and David Geary in the US, decided to explore this paradoxical trend. Their analysis suggests that the situation may be the product of a complex mixture of relative talents, general confidence, and social factors. The results drive home that, if we want to attract and retain some of the best talent in the sciences, it's going to take more than simply ensuring they have equal access to advanced degrees.

Global testing

Stoet and Geary's research relies on a lot of publicly available information. One of the keys to this work is the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which gives standardized tests to students around the world. The most recent iteration of these tests was given to about half a million students in a total of 71 countries, and so provides a trans-national measure of students' skills in math, science, and reading comprehension. Critically, when it came to science, the PISA survey also asked about students' interest in and enjoyment of science, as well as if they felt confident they could do some basic scientific analysis without supervision.

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Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

BBC Technology News - 53 min 29 sec ago
Matthew Falder blackmailed victims into sending sexual images that he then shared on the dark web.

Apple’s Move to Bring Health Care Records to the iPhone Is Great News

Wired - 1 hour 33 min ago
Opinion: The company’s decision to include an open API in its mobile phone OS has great promise for electronic health records.

*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

The Register - 1 hour 34 min ago
Web still looking pretty toxic

You read it here first: the much-feared Chrome adblockalypse is likely be a soaking wet squib – with many kinds of digital irritant permitted.…

Facebook will use snail mail to verify US election ad buyers - CNET - News - 1 hour 45 min ago
Want to buy Facebook ads for a US election? Now you'll need a US mailing address to do so.'s Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

The Register - 2 hours 11 min ago
As PM lacks specifics on UK’s desired ‘adequacy-plus’ deal

British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws.…

Plans drawn up for world's tallest wooden skyscraper

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 28 min ago
The 70-storey tower would be 90% wood and have trees and other foliage on every level.

5G is less sexy sizzle, and more substance at MWC - CNET - News - 2 hours 32 min ago
The hype is starting to give way to reality as the wireless industry irons out the kinks in the new wireless technology. What better place to do it than a trade show in Barcelona?

The Ongoing Battle Between Quantum and Classical Computers

Wired - 2 hours 33 min ago
The quest for "quantum supremacy"—unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer—has paradoxically led to a boom in quasi-quantum classical algorithms.

US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

The Register - 2 hours 53 min ago
Mercedes maker's cars detect when it is on a test routine

American investigators are looking into car company Daimler's use of engine management software that is alleged to help its vehicles pass emissions tests, according to reports.…

Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece

Ars Technica - 3 hours 18 min ago

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

If you hate looking at your smartphone all day, you should consider getting a smartwatch. While it may seem counter-intuitive to get a new gadget to lessen your dependency on another, it's more effective than you think. Smartwatches take the most crucial parts of a smartphone—call and text alerts, app notifications, and quick controls—and put them on your wrist.

That means no more fumbling with your smartphone during a meeting to silence a call, no more checking Twitter or Facebook every two minutes for the newest post. Instead of absentmindedly staring at your smartphone's display, the most important information hits your wrist as it happens. As wearables, smartwatches can also track daily activity, and some even double as high-end fitness watches equipped with heart rate monitors, GPS trackers, music storage, and more.

Today, your smartphone remains the biggest factor to consider when you buy a smartwatch. Most smartwatches must pair to your phone to receive information, so the smartwatch you choose must be compatible with your handset either through its operating system or a companion mobile app. So to make the selection process easier for would-be watch wearers, we've revisited all of the smartwatches we've reviewed recently and picked out the best ones for all types of users with all types of phones.

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Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash'

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 28 min ago
Investigations are launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to avoid a consumer drone.

What Wannabe Smart Cities Can Learn From Ski Resorts

Wired - 3 hours 33 min ago
Why the Winter Olympics should inspire more than your next vacation.

Facebook to seek verification by post for election ads

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 39 min ago
People wishing to take out ads naming political candidates will be sent a verification code in the post.

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more

The Register - 4 hours 15 min ago
Ice to meet you, storage fans. This was your week

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more.…

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

The Register - 4 hours 40 min ago
Flatulence takes the wind out of budget Dutch airline's wings

An elderly man's flatulence forced his flight to make an emergency stop after a fight broke out over his barrage of bottom burps.…

Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

The Register - 5 hours 29 min ago
We're supposed to sift through this without a tool?

Comment Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates.…

Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key wearable sales are hot - Roadshow - News - 5 hours 42 min ago
Shoppers are ponying up for this Fitbit-like RF-based wearable tech in surprising numbers.

Brain emerging from hibernation? Feed it with <em>The Register</em> Lectures

The Register - 5 hours 55 min ago
Spring menu includes Deception, Spitfires and Existential Risk…

Spring is on the horizon, the sap is rising and if you’re anything like us, your brain is emerging from its winter hibernation and looking for sustenance.… calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

The Register - 6 hours 31 min ago
Digi Sec decrees: Thou shalt put a mast on your spire to boost connectivity

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options.…

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