Science Hits and Misses

First up, check out Nanoparticles Keep Brain Cells Alive.

Secondly, find out if you write like a girl (or boy). Scientists claim to be able to tell with an 80% accuracy whether the author is male or female. So far, the Gender Genie is about 60% wrong according to its own stats, as of August 20, 2003.

It said an email I wrote recently was "male", while a story I'd written a long time back, with a first person narrarator who was female, was labeled "female". This would be more interesting if another story I wrote in the more typical third person was labeled as "male", but it still came out "female". Sounds screwy to me.

However, in the spirit of goofy fun, commenters are encouraged to "analyze" their own writing and report the results.

Posted by Chad Lundgren on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 (Link)


Posted by Wayne Lundgren Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 05:51 AM

Well the paragraph on my front page scores 108 and is Female! That is disturbing, but only a little.

Posted by monte mitzelfelt Friday, September 5, 2003 at 03:06 PM

I put in a quite profane note I'd written a long time ago. Result? Female...

Posted by Karen Donovan Friday, September 12, 2003 at 11:27 PM

I dropped in one paragraph of my most recent article, and it came back marginally female. Thinking that it might be a stronger reaction with the entire article, I popped the whole thing in there. The result?