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3/24/2017

A proposed Workforce Ready Grant would allow Indiana residents to earn a certificate in a high-demand field for free at state community colleges. If approved by lawmakers, the initiative would join last year's You Can Go Back program, which provides tuition assistance to adult learners who re-enroll in college.

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3/24/2017

Western Technical College in Wisconsin this week hosted guest lecturers, farmers and the public to celebrate Ag Day. Participants learned about advances in sustainability and hardware, toured the college's agribusiness program and had the option to attend an agriculture career fair.

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3/24/2017

The Nevada Ways and Means Committee recently heard from several community college presidents seeking increased funding for career and technical education programs. A new funding formula proposes to "weight" career and technical education classes to account for the cost of specialized equipment and skilled teachers.

3/24/2017

The sun seems to be taking a break from making sunspots, with no visible spots detected over a 15-day period, NASA scientists say. The lack of spots could mean the sun is nearing the solar minimum point in its cycle, which scientists foresee happening between 2019 and 2020.

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3/24/2017

Gravitational waves likely ejected a supermassive black hole from the center of galaxy 3C186, according to findings set for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics next week and available now on arXiv.org. "We estimate that it took the equivalent energy of 100 million supernovae exploding simultaneously to jettison the black hole," said Stefano Bianchi, a co-author of the study.

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Space.com
3/24/2017

Nearly 150 powerful lamps that together produce light more intense than natural sunlight are the focus of the Synlight experiment in Germany that scientists hope can help create hydrogen fuel. Researchers suspect that, with the right setup, the "artificial sun" can create a reaction that pulls hydrogen out of water vapor.

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3/24/2017

Researchers in Scotland have developed synthetic skin with touch sensitivity that may one day be used by amputees and robots. The skin, with solar cells built in using graphene, is able to make sensitive pressure measurements.

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3/24/2017

A computer analysis of letters written by King George III, known as the "Mad King," who ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820, has helped scientists learn more about his mental decline, according to findings published in PLOS ONE. The program compared letters George wrote when he was believed mentally sound to those written when he was thought to be unstable, and the results have led researchers to believe the monarch suffered from acute mania in his later years.

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LiveScience.com
3/24/2017

Researchers in the UK have used genome sequencing to isolate various strains of tuberculosis. The technique could speed diagnosis and treatment for patients with TB.

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3/24/2017

Random mistakes in DNA are responsible for most cancers, according to a study published in Science. Researchers created a mathematical model using data from global cancer registries and DNA sequencing data to determine what percentage of cancers were random, due to heredity or due to environmental causes, and found that 66% of cancers were because of random DNA mistakes.

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