This isn’t an example of improbable research. Sadly, it’s just too probable. Researchers at the University of Leeds working for the Oslo-based Relevance of Science Education found that boys’ scientific preferences were for:
- Explosive chemicals
- How it feels to be weightless in space
- How the atom bomb functions
- Why we dream
- What we know about cancer
- How to perform first aid
I’ll add one thought to this. PR is not alone in its feminisation. The majority of medical students are female (though this is more because girls outperform boys at A level than because they’re interested in dreams, diseases and health).