Science

Why sex matters, and some other stuff.

Hooray, the latest episode of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is now ready for your enjoyment. I talk a bit about my adventures with the Christian Scientists, we hit some 9/11 conspiracy stuff, and best of all, we talk to my good pal Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer. Good times, good times.

In other news, I’m heading to London in less than a month (passport gods willing). I’ll be meeting up with any skeptics who want to hang out on Saturday, July 1. Details here.

Finally, check out this paper in Nature about why sex (as in gender) is important to neuroscience. The thrust of this paper is to encourage researchers to take notice of the significant differences between men and women when examining results, and it also serves as a handy overview of what we currently know about these differences. Interesting stuff.

One area mentioned in particular is the hippocampuseseses. Hippocampi. Your hippocampi are responsible for your memory, and the difference in size could mean a major difference between the way you learn and the way someone of the opposite sex learns. The differences can also make a huge impact in the way we study and treat some diseases, like Alzheimer’s, in different sexes.

Here’s the Cliff’s notes for the attention span-challenged.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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