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7/19/2019

Mountain lions living in California's Santa Cruz Mountains run from human voices, a study published in Ecology Letters suggests. Researchers monitored mountain lions with trail cameras and GPS trackers, and found they abandoned prey when the sounds of recorded human voices were played nearby.

7/19/2019

A high-school student recently used welding skills to build a statue celebrating the City of Creston's 150th anniversary. The statue was completed with donated metal and celebrates the town's railroad history.

7/19/2019

The shortage of cybersecurity professionals has prompted K-12 schools to add classes in cybersecurity strategies and practices. Some high schools offer professional certification and college credit and allow students to serve apprenticeships in which they help schools and districts with their cybersecurity needs.

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Education Dive
7/19/2019

The fossil of a mammal ancestor dating back approximately 165 million years contains a hyoid bone similar to those found in mammals living today, according to findings published in Science. The hyoid in modern mammals helps in chewing and swallowing, and the fossil hyoid could point to a key reason for mammals' evolutionary success, researchers say.

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Science News
7/19/2019

Researchers used a card game to show how most winning players thought their skill was the reason for their success, even when they knew the cards were stacked in their favor. Study participants played a card game in which some were openly given advantages, then were asked whether they'd won because of the advantage or because of ability, and most winners said they had won fairly due to their prowess, given the game's rules.

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The Associated Press
7/19/2019

Lasers have been used to stimulate neurons in the brains of mice to bring on specific hallucinations, according to findings published in Science. Researchers used optogenetics to activate neurons that made the mice see lines in the darkness that weren't really there.

7/19/2019

University of Florida researcher Catherine Flores has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the NIH and a $250,000 grant from the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to study immunotherapy treatments for pediatric brain tumors. Flores' team will continue researching the role bone marrow stem cells might play in bolstering immune cells to fight malignant tumors.

7/19/2019

The Utah Department of Workforce Services awarded eight grants -- totaling $1 million -- through Talent Ready Utah to help support workforce development programs in the state. Melisa Stark, the employer initiatives program manager at the department, says the goal is to help support partnerships between industry and education.

7/19/2019

Teenagers in Michigan are learning mechanical technology skills in a "You Can Build It" manufacturing camp. The two-week program teaches students skills in welding, design, fabrication and more.

7/19/2019

Three colleges are participating in a multiyear study to determine if "mobility skills credentials" help graduates enter the workforce. One of the participating colleges, Central New Mexico Community College, launched a microcredentialing program -- offering badges in empathy, resilience, collaboration and more -- and will study whether the badges affect students' ability to be hired.