Organoids made of cells from snakes' venom glands have been grown for the first time in a lab and were able to produce active toxins, according to a study published in Cell. Researchers say the process could help create antivenin and other new medicines.
High-school students in a Utah district are eligible to enroll in the Talent Ready Apprenticeship Connection, aimed at helping them prepare for careers in manufacturing. The program -- part of an apprenticeship model -- is coordinated with Stadler Rail, a Swiss manufacturing company, that opened a US facility in Salt Lake City.
Researchers used CT scans, a 3D printer and a voice synthesizer to recreate the vocal tract of a 3,000-year-old mummy in a process described in Scientific Reports. "We did this both to enhance our understanding of the past culture as well as demonstrating that this could be done," said John Schofield, a co-author of the study.
The iridescent exoskeletons of Asian jewel beetles may provide the insects some camouflage from predators, a study in Current Biology suggests. Researchers set out a number of wing cases, both iridescent and artificially colored, and found that birds attacked 85% of the colored wing cases, but fewer than 60% of the iridescent ones.
People who sheltered in boathouses in Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. likely were protected from the pyroclastic flow by the stone structure, but died from suffocation or asphyxiation, a study published in Antiquity suggests. Another study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, describes how one Vesuvius victim's brain was vitrified and turned to glass.
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute scientist D. Geoffrey Vince has been awarded a $4 million grant from the Defense Department to evaluate stroke risk in a less invasive manner than current options allow. Vince's team will focus on how carotid artery plaque relates to stroke risk with the help of ultrasound and a machine-learning algorithm.
Students at a Pennsylvania high school are eligible to enroll in a College in High School Program, where they earn college credits while still in high school. Plans are underway to expand the program, particularly in art and welding, in partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County.
Jamestown Community College in New York state will expand a number of initiatives as part of a workforce readiness program to include organizing employer engagement activities as well as strengthening instructional resources and partnerships. The program works with employers and is focused on helping students earn industry certifications.
High-school juniors in a Minnesota school district recently learned about employment opportunities available to them after graduation through the REACH program. The students learned first-hand about career opportunities in manufacturing and skilled trades, as well as health and human services.
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