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2/16/2018

Middle-school students in an Iowa district recently learned about various careers. The Careerockit program -- organized by the local chamber of commerce -- showcased careers in city planning, firefighting and rescue, IT, law, library science, nursing and welding, among others.

2/16/2018

Amazon recently donated eight pallets of technology gear -- totaling $230,000 -- to support science, technology, engineering and math programs in schools in Maricopa County, Ariz. The donation was part of the company's STEM Pro Live! partnership, which offers live tours of businesses and other programs for students.

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2/16/2018

Female high-school students in Florida are invited to attend the ninth annual Women in Surgery Career Symposium. The event is intended to expose female students in science, technology, engineering and math to possible careers in medicine.

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WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)
2/16/2018

The list of alien planets found by the Kepler space telescope has grown by 95, according to findings published in The Astronomical Journal. The discovery of the new planets brings the total found since Kepler extended its mission to 292 and to more than 2,400 overall so far since it was first launched in 2009.

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2/16/2018

Northern seal pups that migrate from Alaska's Pribilof Islands at just 4 months old travel farther in windy years than in calmer weather, according to findings presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Researchers tagged 168 seal pups and tracked their migration five different times between 1996 and 2015, noting the longer distances traveled when wind speeds rose, and they say those physically taxing migrations may explain why the population has been slow to recover after hunting was banned.

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Science News
2/16/2018

The fossilized tracks of a lizard running on its hind legs have been found in South Korea, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. Researchers say the 110-million-year-old tracks are the oldest example of a lizard using bipedal movement, suggesting that the ability evolved early in the creatures.

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2/16/2018

Life-size stone carvings of camels dating back about 2,000 years have been found in Saudi Arabia. The 12 or so carvings are stylistically different from others found on the Arabian Peninsula and are offering researchers clues as to how rock art developed in the region, according to findings published in Antiquity.

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2/16/2018

A woman in China is likely the first person to have contracted the H7N4 bird flu virus, according to the Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong. The woman had been around live poultry prior to exhibiting systems and has since recovered from the infection, according to health officials.

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2/16/2018

A vaccine made from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs, has been effective in preventing cancer in mice, according to findings published in Cell Stem Cell. The irradiated iPSCs blocked breast, lung and skin cancers in the mice and kept tumors removed by surgery from coming back, researchers say.

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2/16/2018

Scientists have developed a probe that can go inside the lung and quickly detect dangerous bacterial infections, according to findings presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. The imaging technology, called Proteus after the microscopic vessel in the film "Fantastic Voyage," could help identify the specific bacteria and order the appropriate antibiotic without having to wait days for lab results.

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