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9/19/2018

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission is seeking to excite high-school students about college. In a recent presentation about its GEAR UP program, students learned about scholarships and other free college options and heard from alumni of the program who received career training.

9/19/2018

Synthetic sandalwood may help bolster hair growth, a study published in Nature Communications suggests. Olfactory receptors on the scalp stimulated a growth hormone when treated with synthetic sandalwood.

9/19/2018

A prototype neutrino detector at CERN has discovered its first particle tracks, hinting that the full-scale Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment may succeed when it goes online in 2026 in South Dakota. Scientists at the ProtoDUNE observed muon paths left behind as protons hit Earth's atmosphere.

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9/19/2018

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has spotted its first exoplanet and captured an image of a star-filled southern sky. The exoplanet, Pi Men c, is about 60 light-years from Earth and is likely filled with materials having a density comparable to pure water, according to findings published on arXiv.org.

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Science News
9/19/2018

A newly identified parvovirus with genomic traits similar to viruses that affect pigs, bats and rats causes a previously unexplained renal disease in middle-aged lab mice, researchers reported in Cell. The virus could cause variation in experimental outcomes, but it could also be useful in kidney research, says lead author Ben Roediger.

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The Scientist online
9/19/2018

A chemically modified version of arylomycin pierces the wall of Gram-negative bacteria and binds to an enzyme in the inner membrane of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii obtained from patients, researchers reported in Nature. In mice, the new molecule prevented infection by six strains of four different Gram-negative bacteria, and it showed no signs of toxicity in mammalian cells.

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9/19/2018

Canada's Molson Foundation has presented St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the Montreal Heart Institute with $1.93 million to study women's cardiovascular health. Funds will go toward studies focusing on sex-related heart disease factors.

9/19/2018

The Heinz Family Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to environmental psychologist Ming Kuo of the University of Illinois. Kuo studies how green spaces affect health, crime rates and child development in urban areas.

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University of Illinois
9/19/2018

A Maryland school district is partnering with Cecil College to offer a daylong science, technology, engineering and math event for middle-school girls. Participants will learn about STEM topics and careers from women professionals to encourage girls to consider STEM fields, said Frank Cardo, the district's science and STEM coordinator.

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9/19/2018

Some Massachusetts high-school students are receiving hands-on experience in dental science through an eight-week internship program offered by the nonprofit Forsyth Institute in Cambridge. Students conduct experiments alongside researchers and then present their findings to scientists and staff of the institute, which works on oral health issues.

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