Students who enroll in early-college high school may be more likely to enroll in college and earn postsecondary degrees within six years, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Researchers say such programs may better prepare students for college and that earning college credits in high school helps students complete degrees faster than some of their peers.
Google has partnered with the YWCA to create opportunities for girls of color to explore STEM subjects. The tech company's Boulder, Colo., campus recently hosted students -- girls ages 9 to 14 -- who are taking part in the YWCA Boulder County STEM E3 program to learn about and gain experience in coding and artificial intelligence.
A group of Philadelphia students in sixth through eighth grades attended a weeklong program about the role of STEM in transportation. Offered by the Community College of Philadelphia, the Transportation Summer Camp sought to introduce students -- especially girls -- to career possibilities in the field transportation and included field trips to a city bus garage and a Carvana Vehicle processing facility.
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, has been flaring up more brightly than astronomers have seen since they started monitoring it more than 20 years ago, according to findings published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. Researchers, who observed the brightest flare this May in near-infrared wavelengths, say the flaring may be caused by objects passing in close proximity.
High-school automotive programs are working -- often with industry partners -- to include more of a focus on increasingly popular electric and self-driving cars. Jim Hachey, director of a school's career and technical education programs, says the tools of the trade now are transforming the next generation of mechanics into IT specialists.
In an effort to tackle the problem of girls losing interest in STEM as they grow older, New York's City School District of Albany introduced the STEMinista program. Two fourth-grade girls from each elementary school in the city were invited to join the program, which will introduce them to concepts including drones, robotics and 3D printing.
A technique developed by University of California at Santa Cruz paleogeneticist Ed Green can recover nuclear DNA from hair that does not contain a root, and he has already been working with law enforcement to help solve criminal cases. Green, who has submitted his research to a journal for publication, tested the process on his own hair and came up with the same results in a genealogical DNA database that he had with a saliva sample.
Researchers have determined that what was thought to be a single species of Chinese giant salamander is actually at least three separate species, according to findings published in Ecology and Evolution. Genetic testing has shown that the species split off from each other between 3.1 million and 2.4 million years ago.
Corpses can move quite a lot over long periods of time after death, according to researcher Alyson Wilson. "We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out," said Alyson Wilson, who observed corpse movement while studying cadavers at a decomposition research facility in Australia using time-lapse cameras.
A specific DNMT3A variant that regulates interleukin-10 appears to help the human immune system clear methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, researchers reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Inhibiting methylation of the gene in animal models increased vulnerability to staph infections, and the finding could lead to targeted treatments.
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