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6/20/2018

High-school students in Kentucky soon could be eligible to earn certifications that would allow them to work in the agriculture pesticide application industry after graduation. The certification program is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education and Department of Agriculture.

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WKMS-FM (Murray, Ky.)
6/20/2018

A survey from the College Savings Foundation finds that 81% of high-school sophomores, juniors and seniors would prefer that colleges focus on teaching skills instead of emphasizing majors. The data also show that the cost of college was important to three-quarters of the students, and that 85% expect to work while in college.

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College Savings Foundation
6/20/2018

West Virginia University Institute of Technology recently held its first Southern West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy, where middle-school students were able to learn about careers in the medical field. Sessions led by professionals included a skills lab and operating room simulation.

6/20/2018

About 22% of people who earned bachelor's degrees said they felt prepared to use artificial intelligence in their jobs, according to a survey by Gallup and Northeastern University. This article considers how AI is likely to affect the workforce of the future and how that could upend higher education.

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Education Dive
6/20/2018

A partnership including automakers and transportation-network companies plans to study self-driving vehicles' potential effects on the workforce and raise awareness of career opportunities "during the transition to a new autonomous vehicle-enabled economy." The members of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity are Daimler, Ford, Toyota, Lyft, Uber, Waymo, FedEx and American Trucking Associations.

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The Verge
6/20/2018

Mammals' life spans are connected to pancreatic cell size, according to findings published in Developmental Cell. Mammals with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter life spans than those with smaller pancreatic cells, researchers say.

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The Scientist online
6/20/2018

Highly advanced aliens could one day capture and store stars to deal with the energy shortage resulting from the universe's expansion, according to theoretical astrophysicist Dan Hooper. The stars' energy could be contained using hypothetical devices called Dyson spheres.

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Science News
6/20/2018

A new method to synthesize DNA can help scientists create genes more quickly and economically, according to findings in Nature Biotechnology. The process uses enzymes to attach new DNA to a sequence.

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Nature Biotechnology
6/20/2018

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of a crater believed to have been caused by a meteoroid strike in the last decade. The impact created a small crater and sparked an avalanche of dust and other debris that can be seen as a dark streak on the image released by NASA.

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Space
6/20/2018

Almost all of Madagascar's predators are susceptible to the deadly toxin in the skin of an invasive toad species, according to findings in Current Biology. The findings underscore warnings from scientists about how problematic the toads could become for the island's ecosystem.

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