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5/24/2018

The American Heart Association has awarded a $750,000 grant to the University of Maine for a study of fat tissue in older mice. Researchers will look at how fat tissue's nerve supply is lost over time and how that may affect communication with the brain, leading to such conditions as diabetes and obesity.

5/24/2018

Students at a Pennsylvania high school designed, built and helped to install hay feeders for elephants at an area zoo. The students built six remote-controlled, suspended hay feeders for the project.

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5/24/2018

Students in an Indiana school district are receiving training to work in the recreational vehicle and manufacturing housing industry. Matt Werbianski, principal at Elkhart Area Career Center, said the program was developed following outreach from employers who said they were facing a shortage of skilled workers.

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5/24/2018

High-school students in Indiana recently graduated from a program aimed at helping to prepare them to work in the manufacturing field. The program included hands-on instruction and an internship.

5/24/2018

Maps can be powerful tools during humanitarian crises, and training refugees in geographic information systems can give them valuable job skills, writes Brian Tomaszewski of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He explains how his team trained 10 Syrian refugees on mapping concepts in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

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The Conversation (US)
5/24/2018

People's climate change beliefs can shape their views on seasonal weather patterns, per a recent study from Utah State University. Researchers "found a pretty strong relationship between what people thought about global climate change more broadly and what they said they had experienced in terms of the weather at the local level," said assistant professor of geography Peter Howe.

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Utah Public Radio
5/23/2018

Some middle schools are introducing science, technology, engineering and math courses to help prepare students for future careers in manufacturing. Officials with Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, or LIFT, say such lessons serve as the foundation for in-demand manufacturing jobs.

5/23/2018

A Delaware high school's robotics course has grown in popularity and is considered a magnet to get students to enroll in the school, teacher Shawn Bowser said. Students learn how to design, build, operate and repair various robots -- from remote-controlled devices used in competitions to Lego photographic telescopes.

5/23/2018

A labor shortage is driving up construction wages faster than wages in the overall workforce. Construction wages were 13.7% above the average private-sector pay, and wages are increasing at a 5% annual pace.

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Zillow
5/23/2018

Autonomous driving, connected vehicles and smart manufacturing are three areas where data can help automotive manufacturers innovate, Varun Chhabra writes. Advanced sensors and driver-assistance systems are two examples of automation innovation in the industry.

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Machine Design