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1/18/2019

A program called Apprenti -- operated through the Washington Technology Industry Association in partnership with the US Labor Department -- offers on-the-job training for technology-focused jobs at 50 companies. About 330 graduates completed the program in 2018, landing full-time jobs at companies such as Amazon and Microsoft -- and another 700 or more are expected to complete the program this year.

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Reuters
1/18/2019

Saturn's rings are relatively young at between 10 million and 100 million years old, according to findings published in Science. Scientists have been able to measure the rings' age more precisely thanks to the final trove of data collected by the Cassini space probe just before it plunged into the planet's atmosphere.

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BBC
1/18/2019

High-school students in Nevada are eligible for Tesla's new Manufacturing Development Program -- allowing them to work full time in a Tesla facility. The program, which offers housing, also allows students to continue their education in automation and robotics at an area community college.

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1/18/2019

Some construction companies are beginning to focus on members of Generation Z as the future workforce of their industry. Rob Kirk, program manager for outreach program Build Your Future and a former educator, says he encourages students to do their research and that a construction career will seem like a common-sense move.

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Construction Dive
1/18/2019

One Michigan school district has increased its pool of potential substitute teachers by partnering with a local college on a new program. The partnership has created a "one-stop shop" to help those interested in being a substitute complete registration and training through the college.

1/18/2019

YWCA Hartford Region and Young Women's Leadership Corps are among the organizations in Connecticut and across the nation working to improve the number of girls and young women -- black and Hispanic, in particular -- who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Corporations such as United Technologies also are starting initiatives to bring more women into STEM to fill jobs and diversify their workforces.

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1/18/2019

Complete skeletons, a matching set of fossilized footprints and a robot have helped researchers figure out that a 290 million-year-old tetrapod moved with an upright posture, much like that of a caiman, according to a study published in Nature. Researchers used data gleaned from the skeletons and footprints to create computer models of the tetrapod that evaluated hundreds of different gaits.

1/18/2019

Brain connectivity patterns appear to remain constant in people with autism, compared with people without the condition, two studies published in Autism Research and JAMA Network Open suggest. "These networks [for decision-making, attention and self-reflection] hold on to brain activity for too long; they are too stable," said Jeff Anderson, leader of one of the studies.

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Spectrum
1/18/2019

Researchers have discovered a third fungus in lichen, according to findings published in Current Biology. In addition to an ascomycete and basidiomycete yeast, scientists have detected another basidiomycete, but they aren't yet sure if this fungus has a symbiotic relationship with the lichen.

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The Scientist online
1/18/2019

Researchers in the UK are preparing for the late-March split from the EU and the fallout if no transition deal is reached. Institutions and scientists are looking for new funding strategies if funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 program is blocked immediately.

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Nature (free content)