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Driven by Diversity

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Science  19 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6130, pp. 278
DOI: 10.1126/science.1235521

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Diversity of perspectives, ideas, and priorities comes from varied backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, and can help shape science and engineering. As science increasingly is done in teams, collaborations bring diversity to research. Diverse experiences and interactions can support cognitive growth and critical thinking (1), can benefit problem-solving (2), and are priorities among STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) businesses for global competition (3).