December 4th, 2007

Gender Stereotypes

Silence is Golden
In the land of romance, ladies might do well to shut their traps, while men can continue to blab.
That's the message of new research revealing that both men and women judge harshly couples in which the guy is a timid talker and the gal dominates conversations and shows assertiveness.

The scientists suggest gender stereotypes are to blame for study participants' negative views of couples breaking the mold.
"We reasoned because men are expected to be in a position of power over women, couples in which the woman is verbally dominating the man would be rated more harshly than couples that adhere to the traditional role," said lead author Jennifer Sellers, assistant professor of psychology at Green Mountain College.
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The Future is Wild

Pangaea Ultima
About 250 million years from now, the plates are again projected to reposition themselves so that a single landmass dominates. 

The above simulation from the PALEAOMAP Project shows this giant landmass: Pangea Ultima. At that time, the Atlantic Ocean will be just a distant memory, and whatever beings inhabit Earth will be able to walk from North America to Africa.
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International Student Assessment

US Students Do Worse in Science and Math
U.S. students are lagging behind their peers in other countries in science and math, test results out Tuesday show.
The test, the Program for International Student Assessment, was given to 15-year-olds in 30 industrialized countries last year. It focused on science but also included a math portion. The 30 countries, including the United States, make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which runs the international test.

The average scores for U.S. students were lower than the average scores for the group as a whole.

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Quote of the Day

“To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.”
-Mary Pettibone Poole-

Image of the Day

A Real Lighting Ceremony
The Hubble Space Telescope sent an early holiday greeting with an image of the nearby spiral galaxy Messier 74. The "grand-design" spiral galaxy, also called NGC 628, has perfectly symmetrical spiral arms containing clusters of young blue stars. The galaxy contains roughly 100 billion stars overall, slightly smaller than the Milky Way.