Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Storm as Harvard Boss Says Why Girls Are Worse at Maths; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Storm as Harvard Boss Says Why Girls Are Worse at Maths; World at a Glance

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.THE president of Harvard University caused controversy today after suggesting differences between the sexes explain why fewer women succeed in science and maths.

Lawrence Summers (left), speaking at an economic conference, argued that boys outperform girls on high school science and maths scores because of genetics - in other words, they are born that way. He also questioned how great a role discrimination played in keeping female scientists and engineers from advancing at elite universities.

Many outraged delegates walked out. One, Harvard graduate Nancy Hopkins, said: "It is upsetting that all these brilliant young women (at Harvard) are led by a man who views them this way." Mr Summers said he did not intend to suggest women lacked the ability to succeed at the highest level.

'Karachi bomber' held by police . POLICE have arrested a suspected Islamic militant wanted for a failed assassination attempt against Pakistan's President, General Pervez Musharraf, and for a bomb attack that killed 14 Pakistanis near a US Consulate.

Mohammed Jamil Memon, allegedly a member of the militant group Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen Al-Almi, was arrested in a routine police check in December while driving a stolen car on a village road 90 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad, but initially gave police a false name.

Investigators believe Memon helped arm bombs in a van parked in Karachi, his home town, which failed to detonate and kill the President as his car drove past.

Picture of the day

. A BUNCH of tarsiers stare goggle-eyed at visitors from their cage at a captive breeding center in Loboc on Bohol island in the Philippines. The tiny mammals, the world's smallest monkeys, are in danger of extinction due to the country's vanishing forests.

Tsunami pollution toll grows

. THE environmental cost of the Asian tsunami's impact on Banda Aceh in Indonesia is just beginning to be revealed, experts said today. …

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