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5/24/2017

A Minnesota community and technical college allows area high-school students to explore medical careers through a program that combines online, classroom and real-world learning. Several area medical facilities provide guest speakers, hold field trips and offer job-shadowing experiences to students in the program.

5/24/2017

Fossils of a small, ancient relative of modern Komodo dragons have been found in Greece. The discovery of the 800,000-year-old monitor lizard surprised researchers because it was believed monitor lizards didn't exist in Europe at that time, having disappeared around 2.5 million years ago due to the changing climate, according to findings published in The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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5/24/2017

Changing the bioelectric current in the cells of a planarian flatworm can change what body part is regenerated when a part is removed, according to a study published in The Biophysical Journal. Flatworms whose bioelectrical currents were tweaked grew a different body part than what had been removed 70% of the time.

5/24/2017

An ancient obsidian tool found in Syria about 80 years ago was made from volcanic rock in Turkey, about 435 miles, or about 700 kilometers, away, changing the timeline of Stone Age networking, according to a study published in The Journal of Archaeological Science. The tool dates to between 41,000 and 32,000 years ago.

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5/24/2017

The seventh planet in the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 system is too cold for liquid water and not likely to support life as we know it, according to findings published in Nature Astronomy. The planet is the farthest away from its star, orbiting it about every 19 days.

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5/24/2017

There are more pairs of supermassive black holes in the universe than previously thought, a study published on arXiv.org suggests. Researchers devised a new method for spotting what are known as dual active galactic nuclei, finding an additional five to add to the nine already known.

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5/24/2017

Settlers on the moon may be able to build their own houses out of lunar soil, a 3D printer and heat from the sun, according to the European Space Agency. ESA researchers concocted simulated regolith from volcanic material and created 3D printed bricks baked in a solar furnace in about five hours.

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5/24/2017

Many patients with a terminal illness are prescribed multiple drugs toward the end of their lives, including long-term preventive medications and disease-specific drugs that may be of questionable benefit, according to a study of older adults in Sweden. Physicians should explore the possibility of discontinuing drugs whose potential harms outweigh the benefits in patients nearing the end of life, and should ensure that patients and their families receive clear information on palliative care options, the researchers wrote in The American Journal of Medicine.

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5/24/2017

The Wellcome Trust has awarded a $3.88 million grant to the University of Sussex Drug Discovery Center to study Huntington's disease. Research will focus on potential treatments for the devastating neurological disease.

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5/24/2017

The president of Massachusetts Maritime Academy this week announced a partnership with a local high school that will offer free admission for up to 24 students a year. The partnership also will allow high-school students to attend the academy through dual enrollment.