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11/17/2017

Middle- and high-school students in Pennsylvania are being groomed for careers in health care through the Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health Higher Education Initiative. Students in the program participate in after-school and weekend activities taught by medical students and faculty.

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11/17/2017

Students in New York state met with representatives from about 200 companies during an annual Workforce 2020 event. During the event, students learned about potential careers in marketing, agriculture, health and human services, and architecture and construction.

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11/17/2017

The Associated General Contractors of Georgia recently held its annual Skills Challenge, in which about 70 youths showcased their construction skills. The event is designed to help promote careers in the skilled trades.

11/17/2017

Illinois Central College has started a pilot program aimed at improving career readiness across the region -- beginning with high-school students. As part of the program, students in seven districts will have access to career information and dual-credit programs focused on health sciences, manufacturing and IT, with plans to eventually include a pathway for teaching careers.

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11/17/2017

A lack of genetic diversity may have played a role in the extinction of North America's passenger pigeons, according to findings published in Science. The birds once thrived in massive numbers, but especially strong natural selection due to that lack of genetic diversity may have made it difficult for them to cope when their numbers started to drop after Europeans first came to North America.

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11/17/2017

Positrons that flow by Earth in unusually large numbers don't come from nearby pulsars Geminga and PSR B0565+14, according to measurements gathered using the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-ray Observatory. The findings, published in Science, could strengthen the case for dark matter, which some researchers believe is behind the abundance of positrons.

11/17/2017

Scientists have created forebrain organoids, which they say can help in the study of how the Zika virus works, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The forebrain organoid mimics what a developing human brain might be like during early days from conception to early pregnancy, and when researchers exposed it to Zika, the virus affected the growth of radial glial cells.

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The Scientist online
11/17/2017

Microbial mats of living stromatolites, which first appeared on Earth at least 3.5 billion years ago but are very rare now, have been found in a remote wetland area of Tasmania. Researchers were surprised to find the stromatolites thriving in a freshwater environment since most stromatolite communities are found in saltier water, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

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11/17/2017

The mechanism behind the brief levitation of droplets before they disappear into other liquids has been revealed in findings published in Fluid Mechanics. Heat differences between the droplet and the liquid it's interacting with drive a spinning motion that keeps the droplet floating until it cools or warms to the liquid's temperature, researchers say.

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11/17/2017

CRISPR gene drives may be too strong to be used in the wild to cut back populations of invasive species, according to a pair of papers published in PLOS Biology and bioRxiv. The fear is that altered genes might accidentally spread to other territories with unknown consequences.

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