The Go Ag! initiative is seeking to engage an Arizona high school's students in agriculture education to help prepare them for in-demand agriculture careers. The initiative is focused on, among other things, eliminating misconceptions, including that students must grow up in a farm family to work in the industry.
Some colleges and universities, especially in rural areas, report difficulties recruiting and hiring instructors to teach dual-enrollment classes after the Higher Learning Commission began requiring teachers to have a master's degree. Some states, such as Ohio, are spending millions of dollars to help teachers gain their credentials, while others have begun mentoring programs.
CancerSeek, a blood test developed at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, can detect eight types of cancer, including pancreatic and liver cancer, which are hard to detect and do not have screening tests. CancerSeek can also screen for three other types that currently lack tests: esophageal, ovarian and stomach cancer.
A 508-million-year-old bristle worm fossil called Kootenayscolex barbarensis found by a researcher at the University of Toronto could give clues as to how worms evolved. Karma Nanglu said an underwater mudslide likely killed and trapped the 2-centimeter-long worm in what is now Canada's Kootenay National Park.
Scientists might have gained insight into neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia and epilepsy by determining how segments of dark matter in genomes function. Researchers deleted some non-coding DNA elements and found that they actually guide brain development.
A DNA study of 59 plains zebras in Africa debunked the belief that subspecies can be identified by their varied black-and-white stripes. Striping pattern differences do not "mean anything in a biological sense," said Rasmus Heller of the University of Copenhagen.
Huge dust storms are causing the loss of some of the remaining water on Mars, according to a Hampton University study of imaging data taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The study is the first to conclude that dust storms are responsible for hydrogen from water vapor at high altitudes getting sucked into space.
The National Institute of Justice has awarded a $300,000 grant to researchers at Illinois State University to continue developing a mass spectrometer. Police could use the device to identify dangerous substances by measuring the mass of certain molecules in the materials.
Students enrolled in an automotive program at an Illinois high school are making repairs to a donated Jeep, including fixing the vehicle's brakes, filters and fluids. The repaired Jeep then will be donated to an area organization that provides vehicles for low-income residents.
Students at a California high school are participating in an academic internship program to get real-world career experience. Students who participate in the program share the types of internship opportunities that interest them with the program coordinator.
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