Are girls more empathetic than boys? When do bees smell like bananas? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of May 17 - May 23 2021 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

Welcome to a bite-sized edition of ScienceSeeker, your best source for the newest and most exciting science research from around the world. This week, discover the viruses with a totally different genome to the rest of life on Earth, and explore the fascinating biology of cicadas. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

Hundreds of studies seem to suggest that girls are more empathetic than boys, but we should be wary of making sweeping generalisations on that basis.
Credit: Brian Richardson via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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