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  • Questions for 'Gender: When the body and brain disagree'

    To accompany feature: Gender: When the body and brain disagreeSCIENCEBefore Reading:1.      Research the definitions for a) biological sex; and b) gender identity. Are the two terms interchangeable? Why or why not?2.      How important is it to feel comfortable in one’s own identity?During Reading:1.      What changed in Zoë MacGregor’s life beginning around age 9?2.      Provide some examples of...
    13:23 PM, July 31, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Gender: When the body and brain disagree

    First of two partsIn November 2014, Zoë MacGregor celebrated her 13th birthday. Like any teen might, she invited a friend to her house for a sleepover. They ordered pizza, had brownies and ice cream for dessert, then watched a movie.The Seattle-native’s journey to becoming a teen had been very different from that of many of her friends, however. Until she was 9, the girl had lived as Ian — a boy....
    11:18 AM, July 31, 2015 Brain & Behavior, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Explainer: Sometimes the body mixes up male and female

    Boys and girls are different. It seems so obvious. Yet some medical conditions may cause some of those differences to become confused. And then telling apart boys from girls can prove challenging.It’s one measure of how complex human biology is.When it comes to whether someone looks like a boy or girl, hormones clearly run the show. For instance, a newborn girl’s genitals may appear somewhat or...
    11:18 AM, July 31, 2015 Body & Health, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 8.7
  • Explainer: Male-female flexibility in animals

    People tend to describe materials that can bend and be easily transformed as plastic. Most of those materials are made from polymers, often created from fossil fuels. But even behaviors can bend and morph. In that sense, these too can be considered plastic.Paul Vasey works at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. As a comparative psychologist, he studies behaviors in animals. And he’s...
    11:17 AM, July 31, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • Sugar makes mice sleepy

    Many parents think their kids become hyperactive after eating candy or other sweets. But sugar may actually cause drowsiness, not hyperactivity. That’s the conclusion of a new study in mice.“We all experience this strong feeling of sleepiness after a very large meal,” says Christophe Varin. As a neuroscientist at Lyon Neuroscience Research Center and ESPCI ParisTech in France, he studies the...
    07:00 AM, July 30, 2015 Food & Nutrition, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Eureka! Lab

    Cookie Science 18: Eating it up

    After many hours in the kitchen, my project is done. I baked more than 500 cookies in the name of science. Over several months, I gathered more than 100 people to eat them. I ran statistics and later made posters to display my results. But the real test of my success would only come from one very special judge. That’s Natalie, the woman who inspired my experiments. And she’s just sent word that...
    07:00 AM, July 30, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Pain relief could come from a ‘drugstore’ for cells

    One of the worst kinds of pain might be chronic type caused by damaged nerves. It can last a long time. And there aren’t many treatments for it. But there is one treatment that helps in mice. And scientists now think they finally may understand how it works.For the treatment, scientists extract cells from the bone marrow of mice. These cells are then injected into the spinal cord of a mouse with...
    07:00 AM, July 29, 2015 Body & Health, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 6.7
  • Doing Science

    Take a trip down memory lane: The 1943 Science Talent Search

    By Carolyn Carson, Alumni Coordinator for Society for Science & the PublicBefore I became SSP’s Alumni Coordinator, I studied history at Georgetown University. Even now, there’s still something about old, dusty files full of correspondence or ephemera that makes me feel all warm and tingly.Which is why I was so thrilled to receive this scrapbook in the mail.Compiled by Dr. Robert E. Palombi (...
    04:30 AM, July 29, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    Fall into science with a new podcast

    Interested in science? Now you can channel it directly to your ears with a podcast called the Tumble Podcast, a smart series of science stories to pique your curiosity. The scientists you meet here will teach you plenty as they tell you about the research they love.A podcast is a digital audio or video series. You can download them from the Internet to your computer or smartphone, or listen to it...
    07:00 AM, July 28, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Radios: Build your own!

    You’ve probably listened to music or sports on the radio. Teenage and tween-age researchers from around the world did more than just listen to the radio, this past May. They built one!All were middle-school delegates to the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS International  program. To be chosen, each had earlier exhibited an outstanding research project in science, technology, engineering or mathematics....
    07:00 AM, July 28, 2015 Computers & Electronics, Physics, Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 7.2

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