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Girl gamers more likely to pursue science, math degrees

21 Oct 2018 | 4:26 PM

LONDON: Girls who play video games are three times more likely to choose physical science, technology, engineering or maths (PSTEM) degrees compared to their non-gaming peers, a study has found.

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Girls who play video games are three times more likely to choose physical science, technology, engineering or maths (PSTEM) degrees compared to their non-gaming peers, a study has found.

 Researchers from University of Surrey in the UK found that 13-14 year old girls classed as 'heavy gamers' —those playing over nine hours a week—were three times more likely to pursue a PSTEM degree.

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, also found that all of girls who were already in PSTEM degrees were also gamers.

However, the same could not be said for boys where a similar amount of gamers existed regardless of degree type, leading to thoughts that boys experience far less pressure to conform to the video gamer stereotype if they were studying a PSTEM degree.

Anesa Hosein, who led the study, believes that identifying and targeting certain female groups early may be a way to encourage more to study it at degree level and beyond.

"Our research shows that those who study PTSEM subjects at degree level are more likely to be gamers, so we need to encourage the girl gamers of today to become the engineering and physics students and pioneers of tomorrow," said Hosein, a Physics graduate with a self-confessed 'Geek Girl' gamer past.

"It therefore makes sense, in the short-term, that educators seeking to encourage more take up of PSTEM subjects should target girl gamers, as they already may have a natural interest in these subjects," she said.

"We need to get better at identifying cues early to recognise which girls may be more interested in taking up PSTEM degrees," she added.

'Geek Girls' who have a pre-disposition towards gaming should be identified early by teachers or parents and encouraged to explore PSTEM degree pathways, for example through attending gaming expert talks, researchers said.

School educators could also start including gaming in PSTEM degrees to increase engagement of girl gamers. PTI

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WASHINGTON: Scientists claim to have developed the first accurate method to identify which machine a 3D-printed object came from, paving the way for law enforcement agencies to track the origin of printed guns, counterfeit products and other goods.

NASA calls for science payloads for delivery to Moon

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Apple's new privacy portal shows what user data it keeps

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SAN FRANCISCO: As part of its annual privacy upgrades, Apple has introduced a new portal that lets users see what personal data the company has kept on them, the media reported.

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SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter will now highlight when it takes an action on a bad tweet - making its over 330 million users understand that the tweet was forcibly taken down and not deleted by its user owing to public outrage.

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WASHINGTON: Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf cause the massive ice slab's surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant set of seismic "tones" which could be used to monitor changes in the ice from afar, according to a study.

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BENGALURU:YouTube, the Google-owned streaming service, said it was looking into reports of issues with its services after several people took to Twitter to complain about broadcasting issues.

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LONDON: Scientists have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets orbiting it, the first time that so many massive worlds have been detected in such a system.

Google Pixel apps to have external microphones

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SAN FRANCISCO: Ahead of its Pixel 3 launch on Thursday, Google has confirmed that the Pixel camera app is coming with an external microphone support.

Apple iPhone to soon decode binge eating disorder

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SAN FRANCISCO: A team of researchers in the US is set to use Apple iPhone and Watch to track binge eating disorder among people.

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook could soon be rolling out the "Unsend" feature for Messenger that would allow users to retract sent messages not only from their inboxes, but also from the entire chat thread, the media reported.

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GURGAON: Students at Shiv Nadar School here have developed an 'intelligent traffic light' system which they say may not only help reduce commute time but also lower air pollution.

Facebook introduces 3D photos in News Feed,VR

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook is rolling out 3D photos in News Feed and Virtual Reality (VR) to enable users to view and create 3D photos with life-like dimensions including depth and movement.

New system can track robots, soldiers without GPS

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WASHINGTON: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed an algorithm that can help locate humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable.

Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

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SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram has added more weapons to battle cyber bullying, using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned service.

Gene editing could treat lethal disease before birth

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WASHINGTON: In a first, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth.

NASA spacecraft set to visit most distant object ever

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WASHINGTON: NASA’s New Horizons probe is on course to flyby the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule this New Year, an event that will set the record for the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft, scientists say.

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