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Belief in "raw brilliance" may decrease academic diversity

Messages about hard work rather than innate skill could level out gender representation in academia

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Cultural attitudes impact gender distribution among academic fields.

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Bar-headed geese flying above the Tibetan Plateau.

Bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) flying above the Tibetan Plateau. Rather than migrate high above the ground at a steady altitude, these birds fly only as high as the undulating terrain requires. This flight path keeps them in relatively dense air and reduces energy expenditure. Measures of heart rate and wingbeat frequency confirm that the birds usually fly comfortably within their physiological capabilities. See page 250.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2015. Photo: Coke Smith

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