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5/21/2018

Algae living inside the spotted salamander don't appear to like their intracellular bond, according to findings published in eLife. Researchers studied gene usage in both the salamanders and the algae living inside them and found that the algae showed signs of stress due to lack of oxygen and sulfur while the salamanders showed little evidence of stress.

5/21/2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to promise millions in funding for the development of artificial intelligence that can aid in early detection of cancer and chronic illnesses. May is expected to make the announcement today in a speech on the nation's industrial strategy.

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5/21/2018

An Ohio elementary school recently offered a two-day event in which local businesses provided volunteers to lead hands-on science, technology, engineering and math demonstrations. The event was organized by a school parent, Ken Timmings, who owns an engineering company.

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5/21/2018

Two engineering students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell have created hands-on lessons to teach girls about renewable energy and engineering as part of their service-learning project. The curriculum will be used by the organization Girls Inc. in science, technology, engineering and math programs for girls.

5/18/2018

Connecting service learning to school-based lessons can help boost retention and build social and emotional skills, says Laura Walker, a professor at Brigham Young University. Walker and two other researchers also have connected the approach to improved student behavior.

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Education Dive
5/18/2018

High-school students in Idaho are learning more about their career options after high school through the Foundation for Indigenous Education, Leadership Development, and Sustainability -- FIELDS -- program. Doyle Anderson, president and CEO of FIELDS, says that students learn a combination of hard and soft skills.

5/18/2018

Two hot spots where endangered whale sharks have been congregating in large numbers have been identified off Madagascar, giving marine biologists hope for the species. "Madagascar clearly provides an important seasonal habitat for these young whale sharks, so we need to ensure they are effectively protected in the country," said Stella Diamant, leader of the study on the find published in Endangered Species Research.

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5/18/2018

Moon dust exposure is dangerous for astronauts' health, according to findings published in GeoHealth. Researchers created simulated moon dust and mixed it with lab-grown human lung and mouse brain cells, which showed signs of damage after 24 hours.

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LiveScience
5/18/2018

A tiny flying robot called RoboFly uses laser light and an onboard circuit to power its flight and free it from the lines connected to batteries that powered its predecessors. Details on the untethered flying robot will be presented next week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

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LiveScience
5/18/2018

Ancient Chinese farmers spread south into Southeast Asia, bringing rice farming and new languages to the region around 4,000 years ago, a new DNA study published in Science suggests. Analysis of 4,000-year-old skeletons indicates the migrating farmers mated with hunter-gatherers in Southeast Asia, supporting archaeological evidence of the migration.

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