Posts byErika Anderson

Who asks questions at conferences? It depends on the gender of the speaker

While attending conferences this summer, I learned a lot about biology, but I also learned something about biologists. Presentations at these conferences follow a consistent format, with the researcher presenting PowerPoint slides describing their newest findings and the research’s significance. The speaker customarily concludes by acknowledging collaborators and funding sources, and a polite round of
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Will California’s plastic bag ban help the environment?

In the November 2016 election, voters in California approved Proposition 67, banning grocery and other stores from providing single-use plastic bags to consumers. Stores offering recycled paper bags or reusable bags now must charge at least 10 cents per bag. Environmental groups spent millions in support of the ban, and it seems like a clear-cut
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Hot streak: how rising temperatures are skewing some animals’ sex ratios

In the 1993 film Jurassic Park, characters create a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs that purportedly will not reproduce because they are all female. When the skeptical chaos theorist Dr. Malcolm voices concerns, the park’s lead geneticist Dr. Wu explains, “We control their chromosomes. It’s really not that difficult.” Of course, controlling sex determination—the
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