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8/15/2019

About 700 students in an Arizona district are able to enroll in career and technical education programs, which support students' career development in 85 separate courses. Officials say the program continues to grow, adding more students and courses.

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CTE
8/15/2019

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant to the University of Minnesota to continue its research into developing sustainable plastic products. Researchers are examining ways to create easily processed and recyclable plastics using organic material from agricultural products.

8/15/2019

An early planetary collision may have helped create Jupiter's unusual core, according to computer simulations described in Nature. "This impact may have happened when the solar system was very, very young, and in a chaotic phase when there were lots of objects roaming around," said study author Andrea Isella.

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Science News
8/15/2019

Gray squirrels are showing up in the US with black fur, and researchers think it's mostly because of interbreeding with fox squirrels. The findings, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, also explored possible causes of the rare coloring such as a genetic mutation that came about independently in each species.

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LiveScience
8/15/2019

Leg bones of what may have been a human-sized penguin have been found in a New Zealand fossil bed. The creature, which stood about 1.6 meters tall, lived during the Paleocene, between 66 million and 56 million years ago, according to findings published in Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

8/15/2019

Neanderthals may have spent time underwater searching for food, judging by bony growths found in the remains of their ears known today as surfer's ear. "It all reinforces what is becoming increasingly clear from diverse forms of evidence: that the Neanderthals were capable and flexible, and not the benighted deficients that some persist in calling them," said Erik Trinkaus, an author of the study published in PLOS One.

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8/15/2019

The National Cancer Institute, a branch of the NIH, has changed its policy on the publication of its Cancer Moonshot grantees' research papers, requiring the papers to be available for free right away. The NIH allows a delay of 12 months before requiring papers to be accessible at no cost from PubMedCentral.

8/15/2019

Minnesota State College Southeast is opening a new CNC Precision Machine Tool laboratory this year as part of the first phase of the college's Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative. The program is aimed at supporting the area's manufacturing and engineering workforce.

8/15/2019

Fourteen students in Michigan were the first to graduate from Grand Rapids Community College's welding program as Metallica Scholars -- a program in place at 10 community colleges in the US. Participating colleges received $100,000 grants to support programs that prepare students for the welding field.

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MLive (Michigan)
8/15/2019

Greenhouse gases hit record highs in 2018, according to a recently released study, and their potential to warm the planet has risen significantly since 1990. "This is yet another in a series of expert, science-based reports that continue to sound the alarm about the climate crisis," said Marshall Shepherd, a University of Georgia professor of geography and atmospheric sciences.

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CNN, The Guardian (London)