Students at two schools in Austin, Texas, will be able to earn associate degrees in cybersecurity and computer science or health science while in high school. Through the Career Launch program, students will be matched with professional mentors.
High-school students enrolled in a medical academy program in Florida will get more first-hand experiences through a partnership with an area hospital. Students will participate in simulation labs and educational tours and will speak with medical students.
Eighteen students have recently graduated from Philadelphia's first solar-jobs training class. The six-week summer program was designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the green-energy industry -- an in-demand field.
High-school students in Virginia recently learned about programming, engineering, robotics and micro-controllers at a hands-on lab experience held by the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center. The program launched last year and has hosted 4,000 students.
Officials in a South Carolina community are moving forward with plans to build a culinary institute at Technical College of the Lowcountry to help improve the available workforce of restaurant workers locally. In exchange for a compromise on funding the program, officials have pledged to offer a certain number of dual credits annually.
Baker College in Michigan will use a $512,000 Advanced Technology Education program grant to establish an associate degree program for students pursuing careers as photonics, laser and fiber optics technicians at two additional campuses. The grant is supported through the National Science Foundation.
An unusual microbe found in Antarctica may help researchers find out about the origins of viruses, according to findings published in Nature Microbiology. The microbe, dubbed Halorubrum lacusprofundi R1S1, contains a plasmid that can make vesicles, similar to how a virus works, and scientists think viruses may have come from such plasmids.
Millions gathered along the coast-to-coast path across the US to experience Monday's total solar eclipse. More than 12 million residents in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina were able to experience the eclipse's totality, along with many visitors.
Researchers have created a machine that can take a digitally transmitted DNA sequence and convert it into any RNA protein or molecule. "I thought, 'Why can't we just have an instrument that can be strategically placed anywhere in the world, preloaded with the raw materials, and I email the sequence to the instrument and it does everything for me?'" said Synthetic Genomics' Dan Gibson, who developed the machine alongside Craig Venter and their team at the La Jolla, Calif.-based company.
Declining species might be saved if islands of forest can be linked, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers say fragmented forests put a strain on species by reducing their habitat, so by connecting the fragments and restoring some habitat, extinction rates might slow.
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