An Idaho high school has revived its agriculture program with two new courses: introduction to agricultural education and introduction to agricultural industry. Officials say the program was relaunched, in part, to introduce students to potential careers in the area's national seed production industry.
Ohio state senators unanimously have approved a bill that would allow schools to replace certain required math and science classes with computer science. Sen. Peggy Lehner (R) says increasing computer science classes will help the state "remain competitive in future job markets."
People's own interpretations of their psychoses may dictate how severe the effects of their delusions will be, a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests. Researchers simulated hallucinations for people diagnosed with clinical psychosis, people with psychotic symptoms that didn't require medical treatment and people with no psychotic symptoms and found that participants' reactions to the simulations were related to how they coped.
Mathematicians James McKernan and Christopher Hacon have been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, which comes with a $3 million award. They were honored for demonstrating that polynomial equations have a set number of solutions.
When infants and adults stare into each other's eyes, their brain activity matches, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers say the study sheds light on babies' ability to become attuned to their caregivers.
More endangered tigers are being seen in Sumatra's protected forests, according to a study published in Nature Communications, but the uptick may be due to tigers coming in from unprotected areas of the Indonesian island. "Densities have increased, but that has not reduced the threat of extinction, because the habitat is being cut down and fragmented," said study author Matthew Luskin.
An 18th-century statue of Jesus Christ hid two letters by a cathedral chaplain detailing daily life in Spain in the year 1777. The letters were discovered as preservationists were examining the statue prior to restoration.
University of Utah researchers are working to develop alternative pain medications using the venom of sea snails. "Our goal is to generate a pipeline of different possibilities for non-opioid drugs," said biologist Toto Olivera.