Culinary arts and nutrition students at a Pennsylvania high school recently baked 180 dozen cookies for area seniors. Teacher Beth Fochtman said the event helps to promote kindness among students and involves the community with the school.
The nonprofit Credential Engine is working to create a database of every available higher-education credential. So far, 175 organizations have submitted more than 1,500 credentials -- out of the estimated 250,000 available in the US.
Elementary-school students in North Carolina learned lessons in basic coding this week from high-school students enrolled in a career and technical education program. The program was part of a celebration of Computer Science Education Week.
After sorting through 52 million echolocation signals in underwater sound recordings, a computer algorithm has found six previously unidentified dolphin click varieties, according to findings published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers say that figuring out which species of dolphin is making these clicks could help them better track the movements and populations of wild dolphins.
The compound eye of a 530-million-year-old trilobite fossil is giving researchers clues about how little compound eyes have evolved, according to findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "This may be the earliest example of an eye that it is possible to find," researcher Brigitte Schoenemann said.
When narwhals in the Arctic are faced with a threat, their heart rates actually slow even as they exert high energy while they swim to escape, a paradox researchers are hoping to better understand. "I think we've identified a real physiological challenge here, and we're going to pursue the details of that to see if we can figure out what's going on," said Terrie Williams, lead researcher on the study published in Science.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to study depression and develop new treatments for it. Most depression medications were designed five decades ago, so there is a strong need for new options, researcher Deveroux Ferguson said.
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.
Theater students at Central Washington University created and performed skits from 25 monologues written by middle-schoolers. The skits were chosen from short, personal monologues assigned to about 200 seventh- and eighth-graders in English class.
Fifth-graders at an Oregon school worked with mentors at HP Inc. on designing a "Star Wars"-themed video game as part of the international Hour of Code. The school incorporates Chromebooks into lessons, but the coding event was the first time students used it for programming.