Artificially reducing solar radiation may save coral reefs from bleaching, according to a study published in the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. "We show very convincingly that, by injecting sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere, sea surface temperatures would decrease significantly by 2069," said study leader James Crabbe.
The National Science Foundation has awarded grants of over $150,000 each to two researchers at the University of South Dakota for their work on dark matter detection. Jing Liu is developing devices that use radiation-detecting germanium crystals that may one day find dark matter, while Guojian Wang is working on ways to grow a purer form of germanium crystals to be used in devices such as Liu's.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the NIH to study Parkinson's disease. Researchers will examine how gut bacteria may affect the onset of the disease.
Organizers in Vancouver will host SheBiz, an event to encourage young women to pursue careers in business as well as science, technology, engineering and math. The Nov. 3 event is expected to connect 300 female high-school students with mentors from business and science.
Michigan is recruiting high-school students to start on the path to a career in the skilled trades through Michigan Advanced Technician Training, an outreach campaign. Students who join the apprenticeship program receive free tuition and earn a salary.
High-school culinary students in Connecticut are planning to prepare and serve a meal to military veterans. The Feeding the Need program is being held in conjunction with Veterans Day.
High-school students in Massachusetts are working with an area firm on a large-scale engineering project. Engineering design teacher Christine Tewksbury says the real-world learning experience is invaluable to students.
The University of Houston College of Nursing is teaching students about palliative and end-of-life care using a high-fidelity mannequin to facilitate patient discussions. With help from a faculty member playing the part of the patient, the mannequin can take students through scenarios such as coming to terms with a diagnosis, advance care planning and deteriorating health.
Initial claims for jobless benefits fell to 222,000 last week, with the number of Americans collecting unemployment checks falling to 1.89 million, the lowest mark since December 1973. While claims in Texas and Florida have dropped as people return to their jobs, hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands may have kept many people from filing claims yet, the Labor Department said.