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Low-ranked female monkeys band together against their leaders
It would be easier to climb up the hierarchy with some help from your friendsTAO Images Limited/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Aylin WoodwardIf you’re trying to overthrow the boss, you might need a friend to back...
Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old female statue at citadel gate complex in Turkey
The remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at an archaeological site in southeast Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world. Excavations at a site near...
Op-Ed: We know Silicon Valley is broken, so let’s fix it
Can a few hundred words really change culture? A momentum to do just that is building in tech — and it's happening in the most digital-first way possible. Since I moved to San Francisco six months ago,...
Israeli women laying the foundation for bigger role in high-tech
David calls the lack of women in VC and high-tech a "painful subject". In a telephone interview with CNBC she says it's something that OurCrowd and she herself are working to address but not enough is...
Traumatic beetle sex causes rapid evolutionary arms race
Forget Fifty Shades of Grey…Ivain MartinossiBy Chris SimmsEver wondered what constitutes extreme sex? Cowpea seed beetles certainly know – their sexual act is brutal, and it also seems to encourage a...
Male robins can guess and satisfy their partner’s food cravings
I reckon this is what you’re afterrmarnold/GettyBy Maria BolevichIt’s not just humans who get pregnancy cravings. The females of one bird species also seem to get an itch for certain foods when they are...
Fiddler crab’s drumming shows off the size of its home
Anglia Ruskin University/PA WireBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationIt’s not just arm waving. Male fiddler crabs use their huge claws to advertise the size of their home – and their fitness —...
Female fish mate 200 times but save eggs for the perfect male
Faking it?Chitose Yamazaki & Itsuro KoizumiBy Alice KleinFAKE it ’til you make it. Female lampreys mate hundreds of times but secretly withhold their eggs until they are sure their suitor is worthy. During...
Authors, editors aren’t asking women to peer review as often
Enlarge / As reviewers, women are a smaller slice of the pie.Cory Lerback reader comments 1 Share this story Although women make up the majority of students in many fields of science, they're underrepresented in...
Female promiscuity in butterflies controls paternity
The eggs of some butterfly and moth species vary to give females control over the paternity of their offspring, according to new research. The new study reveals for the first time that the number and location...
20 years of Tomb Raider: Rihanna Pratchett on Lara through the ages
It has been 20 years since the first Tomb Raider came out. Two decades of gaming that have been full of trends, new genres, old ideas and, in some areas, remarkably little change. It’s been twenty long...
Gender-equal emojis couldn't come soon enough
Among the new icons available in iOS 10, users can select a policewoman, a female detective, a woman wearing a hard-hat and female basketball players, surfers or cyclists.It's a refreshing change from...
It’s tarantula mating season in California, and hikers are being warned
LOS ANGELES -- Tarantulas are out looking for love, and hikers in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains are warned to watch out for the hairy spiders.Tarantula mating season has begun, and it will...
New theoretical work suggests women co-opted orgasms for happy endings
Jonathan Keller reader comments 16 Share this story The existence of women’s orgasms has given scientists and philosophers a lot to chew on over the centuries. The pleasurable climax is neither required...
Meet the more diverse emoji coming to your phone
A new set of just-approved emoji are coming to your phone, ones that help close the gender gap between male and female emoji and show a greater representation of both women and men in the work force. Back...
The big change coming to gaming
Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures in Horizon Zero Dawn. The lead character in Horizon Zero Dawn is a female. Lara...
More female leaders in science and tech urged
NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, left, listens as U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith makes a point at a summit exploring women and girls in STEM fields.(Photo: Greg Toppo, USA TODAY) WASHINGTON...
The female ethos in Game of Thrones
Exploring the female themes in Game of Thrones season 6. Edited by Jennifer Hahn. There was something gnawing at me after so many critics panned the first episode of Game of Thrones season 6. Many considered...
Mean girls: Half of misogynistic tweets are sent by women, study shows
Men are often blamed for most of the harassment women face online, but a new study shows that women themselves are responsible for half of the misogynistic comments made on social media.U.K. think tank...
Zelda Wii U also coming to NX, says source, and will include female Link
I don't want to say "I told you so", but if this turns out to be true, then, I totally did.Emily Rogers, a credible source for Nintendo news, claims that the upcoming Zelda game will come to both Wii U...
Tech firms have an obsession with "female" digital servants, and this needs to change
They are not a "they" at all, or for that matter, a "she." Instead, it's code that's been programmed to have a "female" persona. And that code has originated from companies where the workforce is overwhelmingly...
Wikipedia edit-a-thon events aim to narrow the site’s ‘gender gap’
MONTREAL – It’s one of the world’s most popular reference websites, but when it comes to articles about women, even Wikipedia admits it falls short.The reason is mostly demographic: the site’s open editing...
In vitro is chauvinist: The sex ratio of IVF babies is skewed towards males
Getty ImagesIn vitro fertilization (IVF) accounts for up to five percent of babies born in developed countries, and the technique has yielded some five million people ever since Louise Brown was born...
Neuroscientists explore differences in male, female brains
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, a bestselling book claims. Science does confirm, though, that male and female brains are wired differently — but what that means is the focus of a great deal...
500 Startups Batch 15 Diversity Stats: 33% Female, 15% Black, 10% Latino
A new 500 Startups batch means new diversity stats. In the startup accelerator’s 15th batch, 44% of the founders are international, 33% are female, 15% are black and 10% are Latino, 500 Startups...
First orangutan murder seen as pair team up to kill female
Sidony is the first recorded orangutan to be murderedAnna MarzecIt was a deadly rumble in the jungle. A female orangutan was attacked and killed by another female and a male – the first time lethal...
Orangutans: Lethal aggression between females
Researchers have for the first time witnessed the death of a female orangutan at the hands of another female. Even more extraordinary is that the perpetrator recruited a male orangutan as a hired gun to...
Female shark devours male in aquarium turf war
Visitors to the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday were in for a gruesome surprise. They watched in shock as an 8-year-old female sand tiger shark slowly devoured a smaller 5-year-old male...
The strange behaviour of frisky beetles
A male jewel beetle mistakes a park ranger’s fluoro vest for a female mate. WHEN it comes to procreation, Mother Nature ensured every species was born with instincts on how to find the opposite sex. However...
Give teachers a physics test from a woman and they’ll give her worse grades
Flickr user Noticias UFMWe saw yesterday that female scientists can face workplace difficulties as they advance through their careers. But all of those problems happen after the women have been through...
Male spiders lure aggressive females with peek-a-boo paddle game
Species: Jotus remusHabitat: Trees and leaf debris on a mountain plateau in the Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales, Australia Males of a newly discovered species of jumping spider spend hours...
The power of touch: Sex-changing snails switch sooner when together
Many animals change sex at some point in their lives, often after reaching a certain size. Snails called slipper limpets begin life as males, and become female as they grow. A new Smithsonian study shows...
Study: Male, Female Brains Not That Different
A new study shows that human brains do not fit neatly into 'male' and 'female' categories. Instead, most contain features from both. Researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University identified several structural...
Female billionaires multiply sevenfold in 20 years (but don't get too excited)
Female high net worth individuals also hold 11pc of the group's total wealth, or $5.4 trillion – roughly the same level over the past 15 years. While most female billionaires have inherited their wealth...
Female sex cannibals not angry, just picky, spider study finds
One theory suggests female raft spiders kill their suitors because they have a 'spillover' of aggression The female raft spider – often accused of indiscriminate aggression for cannibalising her potential...
Vaginal orgasms are a 'myth', researchers claim
There is no such thing as a vaginal orgasm, a clitoral orgasm or even a G-spot, a new study claims. Instead, a paper published in the journal Clinical Anatomy says, the correct term should be "female orgasm"....
First-ever test-tube puppies born in US
WASHINGTON: Scientists in the US have created the world's first litter of puppies conceived in a test tube, a breakthrough that may help eradicate disease in dogs and humans. The advance through IVF opens...
Disney joins Hour of Code to teach young people coding skills
Female heroines Characters will include the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8 – as well as the universe’s heroines Rey and Princess Leia. In 2014, Hour of Code featured characters from Disney’s Frozen, and...
Hey Siri, how do we make virtual assistants more trustworthy?
“Siri sucks,” Mark Stephen Meadows tells me. “She’s robotic. There’s nothing there. There’s no heart, no ingenuity.” I first heard Meadows complain about robotic robots during a panel at the second annual...
'Battle of the Sexes'—How inhibition of male flower production lets female flowers emerge
Most people don't know this, but the cucumbers we buy in the supermarket are purely female - grown from plants which were carefully cross-bred to produce female-only flowers. But while farmers have long...
Negotiating parental duties as simple as talking about it for birds
A pair of Zebra finches at Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Credit: Wikipedia Deakin University scientists have completed a world-first study into how birds negotiate parental workloads,...
Whales on French beach may have washed up voluntarily: expert
Firefighters and animal rescuers gather around long-finned pilot whales stranded on a beach in the northern French city of Calais on November 2, 2015 A school of 10 whales that washed up Monday in northern...
Key to earning more is thinking like a man, scientists say
"Male" brains, known as Type-S brains, tend to be better at constructing or analysing systems. The study found people with those brains earned more in management, administration, IT, engineering and banking....
Scientists discover ancient safety valve linking pollen to bacteria
Like seeds, pollen loses most of its water during maturation, entering a state of suspended animation. This allows it to survive its journey from male to female organs of a flower, where it is rehydrated...
Let's Stop Assuming The Early Cave Painters Were Dudes
Until recently, majority opinion designated men responsible for the masterful early paintings adorning cavernous walls around the world. There wasn't much science behind the assumption, just that general...
Male brain is programmed to seek out sex over food
"Areas of the brain involved in learning display sex differences in many animals, including humans" Dr Arantza Barrios, University College London And it is proof that male and female brains are wired...
Workplace mentors benefit female employees more than men
The success of online networking sites such as LinkedIn illustrates the popularity of building a wide-ranging contact list. Yet when it comes to raising one's profile within the workplace, female employees...
Netherlands uses female role models to encourage girls into IT industry
Culture, economy and image VHTO is working with female professionals to provide children with IT role models. The women visit primary and secondary schools to give information about their work and being...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark