Editor's note

It’s hard to argue with stats out of Silicon Valley showing that women are underrepresented in tech jobs. It’s hard not to argue about why. Northwestern University psychologist Alice Eagly lays out what scientists know about the differences between men and women that could influence why these jobs currently skew male. Whether you think it’s a clearcut case of nature or an obvious instance of nurture, prepare to add some nuance to your ideas.

Today, fans of the King of Rock and Roll will observe the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death at Graceland, his Memphis home. No doubt, fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches will be part of many an observance. But Elvis’ eating habits are also a reason to pause and reflect on why he in particular and people in general turn to food for comfort. Melissa Wdowik of Colorado State University notes that “thirty-eight percent of adults report overeating or eating unhealthy foods due to stress.”

Tomorrow is National Thrift Shop Day, and fashion historian Jennifer Le Zotte explains how visual artists and underground filmmakers used secondhand goods and clothing to inspire their art and reject capitalism.

And finally, our apologies for an inadvertent error in yesterday’s newsletter. British rule in India lasted nearly 200 years – not 300.

Maggie Villiger

Senior Editor, Science + Technology

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Today’s interesting fact

The average cost per patient per year for a specialty biologic drug used to treat a rare diseases was $111,820 in 2014.

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