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12/8/2017

Six companies and the University of Akron have been awarded a total of $10 million in grants from the state of Ohio to spur innovative research to combat opioid abuse, which has reached epidemic proportions. The money will be used to design an app to enhance treatment, develop pain management options and create other solutions.

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12/7/2017

Demand for classes that teach career skills has increased by 30% over a three-year period at Bozeman High School in Montana. The school offers a number of courses teaching technical skills, including photography, auto shop and welding.

12/7/2017

When ice melts in Greenland, some of the meltwater seems to be retained in the ice sheet rather than immediately draining to the ocean, research suggests. "It's plausible that this is quite an important process, which could render sea-level projections too high," noted geographer Laurence Smith, who led field work for the study.

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12/7/2017

High-school senior Faith Florez created the app Calor, which can notify farmworkers when temperatures are dangerously high, provide tips for staying cool and connect to first responders in an emergency. The app was developed with help from students at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, and it's currently being crowdfunded.

12/7/2017

Gramazio Kohler Research plans to design specialized robots to help automate some construction jobs. Each robot would be created for a particular task, such as stacking materials in nonstandard formations.

12/7/2017

The Indiana State Board of Education has revised high-school graduation requirements to stipulate that, besides completing a standard academic course load, students will demonstrate proof of both work-ready skills and postsecondary education plans. The latter plans can include a certain level of academic achievement, completion of a formal apprenticeship or an industry-recognized credential.

12/7/2017

An Alabama high school this week held mock job interviews for its students. Various professionals from the area interviewed the students, who had prepared for the event in class with the school's career coach and a government/economics teacher.

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12/7/2017

A Wisconsin school district offers financial support and courses at a local college to help support staff with bachelor's degrees become certified teachers. The 3-year-old Grow Your Own program is aimed at increasing the diversity of the teaching staff and filling positions in areas such as math, science and special education.

12/7/2017

A powerful geomagnetic storm is the likely cause of red auroras seen in the skies for nine days over much of East Asia in 1770, according to a study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. Researchers scoured more than 100 historical documents and drawings to find accounts of the major event, which appears to have been just as powerful as the strongest magnetic storm ever recorded, the Carrington Event of 1859.

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12/7/2017

A relative of the velociraptor that lived over 70 million years ago in what was then wetlands resembled and hunted like a modern duck, according to findings published in Nature. Halszkaraptor escuilliei had a long neck, flipper-like forelimbs and strong back legs that could kick through water easily, researchers say.

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