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6/23/2017

Maine should double its enrollment in career and technical schools by 2020, according to a coalition of education and advocacy leaders and groups seeking to increase enrollment from 14% to 28%. The state has 27 career-focused high schools, which offer training in auto mechanics, building trades, culinary arts, health care, advanced manufacturing and pre-engineering, and other career pathways.

6/23/2017

Members of the US House voted Thursday to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Among other things, the measure would require states to detail how their training programs prepare students to meet the needs of the local labor market.

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6/23/2017

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of the Curiosity rover far below on the surface of the red planet. The rover was snapped on June 5 and shows up in the false-color image as a blue dot.

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6/23/2017

Another planet, in addition to the so-called Planet Nine predicted last year, may be circling the sun in the Kuiper Belt, according to a study scheduled to be published in The Astronomical Journal. Researchers detected something between the size of Earth and Mars causing a warp in the orbits of asteroids, comets and dwarf planets within the Kuiper Belt.

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6/23/2017

The presence of researchers may have affected chimpanzees' hunting habits, a study published in PLOS ONE suggests. Researchers compared the behavior of neighboring groups of chimps, one group that was used to the researchers' presence and the other not so comfortable with it, and found that the less comfortable group's behavior changed.

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6/23/2017

A 600-year-old medieval sword has been found in a bog in Poland. The 13th- or 14th-century sword is very well preserved, archaeologists say, and it's been sent to Warsaw for analysis and restoration.

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6/23/2017

Large, ancient hieroglyphs bearing a cosmic message have been found inscribed in rocks in Egypt, according to the country's antiquities ministry. The hieroglyphs date back about 5,200 years and are likely "an expression of royal authority over the ordered cosmos," said expedition co-director John Darnell of Yale University.

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6/23/2017

A wooden prosthetic toe found on a 3,000-year-old mummy in Egypt is offering insights about ancient medical practices. Researchers have determined that the toe was refitted several times, likely to make it look more natural and be more comfortable, according to findings yet to be published.

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6/23/2017

CDC researchers tested the placental and fetal tissue of newborns for Zika virus infection, and they found that only 10% of at-risk infants were actually infected and that infection did not directly correlate to birth defects. The findings were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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6/23/2017

The Australian Football League has included a minimum of about $189,000 per year for concussion research as part of its collective bargaining agreement with players. The funding "provides a process for us to work with the AFL to understand concussion further," said Brett Murphy, general manager of player relations for the AFL Players Association.