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8/14/2018

A three-month program called the Summer Restaurant Skills Training Program allowed some Nebraska students to learn job skills at local businesses. Participants who completed the program earned a paycheck and some participants were permanently hired.

8/14/2018

Hudson Community Valley College in Troy, N.Y., is offering students from across the country a drone pilot course in partnership with Oneonta Job Corps and SkyOP LLC. The 300-hour program will help prepare students to use drones in the workforce.

8/14/2018

Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts is training students to become future machinists through a 12-week program. The program "allows them to see if it's something they really want to do (and) to train for a job at a livable wage, coming out with starting offers above $15 an hour," said Tom Fitch, president of manufacturer Bete Fog Nozzle.

8/14/2018

Researchers measured how long it takes for cells to die by tagging proteins in cells from frog eggs with fluorescent light, then beginning apoptosis, finding that cell death moves like a wave and occurs at a rate of 30 micrometers, or 0.001 inches, per minute. The findings were published in Science.

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8/14/2018

The Spitzer Space Telescope captured an image, recently released by NASA, of a remnant of supernova HBH 3 shining with infrared light. "The branches of glowing material are most likely molecular gas that was pummeled by a shockwave generated by the supernova," NASA scientists said.

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Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA
8/14/2018

The stone used to create the famous Easter Island statues is evidence that the clans who lived on the island around A.D. 1200 and later actually got along and weren't driven to conflict and cannibalism, as is popularly believed, according to findings published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology.

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LiveScience
8/14/2018

A study in Pediatrics showed that teens in states that implemented laws promoting human papillomavirus vaccination had similar odds of having sexual intercourse, using condoms and engaging in risky sexual behaviors as those who were in states without HPV vaccination policies. "Concern that legislation will increase risky adolescent sexual behaviors should not be used when deciding to pass HPV legislation," researchers wrote.

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Reuters, PBS
8/14/2018

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has awarded a $2.5 million grant to the University of Arizona for a study of speech disorders in Latino children who are bilingual. Researchers aim to develop an effective test to help diagnose such disorders.

8/14/2018

Immunotherapy company Agilvax has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute so it can move forward on development of a new drug to treat a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. The funds will be focused on preclinical trials for immunotherapy drug AX09 and toxicology research.

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Breast Cancer News
8/13/2018

A new study shows that math scores declined for low-income Indiana students who used vouchers to transfer to private schools. Study co-author R. Joseph Waddington from the University of Kentucky said that even four years later, these voucher students still had lower math scores than peers in public schools.