Water from melting permafrost has breached the entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic, but the standby seeds from the world's plants appear to be safe for now. The vault houses almost 900,000 seed samples, which could be used to grow crops should a doomsday scenario arise.
The bodies of people who exercise equivalent to running 30 to 40 minutes a day, five days a week, are about nine years younger than those of people who don't exercise, a new study by the CDC suggests. Researchers looked at telomeres, thought to be an indicator of one's biological age, and found that participants who were more physically active had longer telomeres than those who were not.
Life-science tech company IQuity has raised $2.35 million in seed funding. This second round of funding will be used to pay for a new laboratory to further the company's development of technologies based on RNA.
A California high school is offering an all-girls construction trades class that covers topics including plumbing and carpentry. The school's principal said the course allows girls to explore construction skills and careers they otherwise might not have considered.
Agroscience students at a Florida high school often confront real economic and veterinary crises through their studies. Students employ skills learned from science, horticulture, veterinary and other classes to raise animals and even run businesses.
The US Department of Education should improve its oversight of competitive grants issued to schools, districts, nonprofits and states, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. The report analyzed 75 grants and found documentation lacking in 69 cases.
Building-trades students at an Illinois high school gutted and restored a home estimated to have been built around 1906. Over three years, 150 students helped to develop the new framework, rewire the home and prepare it for the public.
Aquinas College in Michigan will use a three-year, $900,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to boost training of teachers of color in early-childhood education. School officials say they will recruit diverse students from the region and train them to work in programs in the Grand Rapids area.
Trees native to the eastern US are migrating to the north and west because of climate change, a study published in Science Advances suggests. While the trees themselves don't move, their sprouts are finding new places to grow in response to new rainfall and temperature patterns, researchers say.
Mosses are growing at a faster pace in Antarctica thanks to climate change, according to a study published in Current Biology. The moss is growing on the northern peninsula, making what little green there is on the continent greener as temperatures there rise.