Bernie or Biden?

That’s the question now at the heart of the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Though the competition originally featured a record six women candidates, the list of potential winners has been whittled down to just two men. The glass ceiling will have to break another year.

Farida Jalalzai at Oklahoma State University has tracked where women lead around the world. Her data offer some insights into what sets the U.S. apart from the 21 countries that are currently led by women.

Also this week, in addition to our extensive coronavirus coverage, we published articles that investigated whether listening to music while you work is a good idea, why having fewer OSHA inspectors matters and a potential tech fix to fight phony science.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a primary election night rally. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Why the US still hasn’t had a woman president

Farida Jalalzai, Oklahoma State University

Since 2000, 89 new women have come to power in countries around the world – but the US still lags behind.

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Should you listen to music when you work?

Manuel F. Gonzalez, Baruch College, CUNY; John R. Aiello, Rutgers University

Research shows that the type of task – and style of music – tend to determine whether listening will help or hinder your performance.

A crop circle in Switzerland. Jabberocky/Wikimedia Commons

How technology can combat the rising tide of fake science

Chris Impey, University of Arizona

The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.

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