Numbers: Science news of the year, 2008

Numbers: Science news of the year, 2008

Science News writers and editors looked back at the past year's stories and selected a handful as the year's most interesting and important in Numbers. Follow hotlinks to the full, original stories.

By Science News, 15:20 PM December 19, 2008

Math success doesn’t add up for U.S. girls
Environment may play important role

The perception that girls don’t measure up to boys when it comes to math was refuted by a study of more than 7 million students in 10 states. Reporting in Science on July 25, a group of researchers argue that boys’ higher SAT math scores are a statistical artifact that results because more girls take the test.

Peer pressure, gender stereotyping and low expectations have more to do with the dearth of women in mat...

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