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2/20/2018

Over 88% of companies were targeted by email phishing scams in 2017, up from 75% in 2016, per a Proofpoint report. Spoofed identities were on the rise in 2017, and social media-themed attacks also were significant, the report shows.

2/20/2018

A class of Ohio middle-school students are using math, financial literacy and science skills to design a plane, build a model and book a complicated trip to an exotic destination. The lesson is part of the nine-week Northeast Ohio Genius Project.

2/20/2018

In the wake six school shootings during the first 45 days of the new year, it is "time for us to shout, 'Enough is enough!' " asserts Deborah Delisle, executive director and CEO of ASCD. In this commentary, she calls on lawmakers to pursue sensible solutions to keep students safe.

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2/20/2018

Students at a Missouri high school have launched a digital news site. Students enrolled in the journalism course write about one article each week, ranging in topic from standard school news to interest pieces to movie and game reviews.

2/20/2018

Lawmakers in Vermont are considering overhauling the way special education is funded by adopting a census-based grant program. The approach would replace the current reimbursement system, giving school leaders more flexibility.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
2/20/2018

It's not the smartphone so much as the social media available through the device that leads to unhealthy degrees of attachment by both younger users and adults, according to a study by Common Sense Media. Social media "can create this fear of missing out if we're not online," said author Ana Homayoun.

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2/20/2018

The Great Pyramid of Khufu's builders may have used the fall equinox to align the structure nearly perfectly along cardinal points, according to findings published in the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Researchers tried out the method by marking where a rod's shadow appeared throughout the day on the fall equinox of 2016, and the shadow lined up almost perfectly in an east-west direction.

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LiveScience
2/20/2018

Researchers used modern technology to learn more about a series of funerary portraits found with mummies created during the Roman era in Egypt. The materials used to create the portraits, on display at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, came from such places as central Europe, Spain and Greece, suggesting a sophisticated trade network.

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Science News
2/20/2018

Plants may have been on Earth as early as 500 million years ago, much earlier than had once been thought, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. "Our results show the ancestor of land plants was alive in the middle Cambrian Period, which was similar to the age for the first known terrestrial animals," said Mark Puttick, a researcher on the study.

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BBC
2/20/2018

It's fungus gnats, not snails, that help pollinate the cast iron plant in the wild, and they appear to be attracted by the plant's funguslike odor, according to researchers who observed the plant in nature. While the flowers of the cast iron plant offer no food for the gnats, they appear to trick them into thinking they are a fungus, the study published in Ecology suggests.