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10/18/2018

Some teachers are integrating lessons in computer science across the curriculum, according to Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer for Code.org. At a private school in Massachusetts, English teacher Peter Nilsson has students use coding to analyze texts, including news articles, speeches and rap lyrics.

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10/18/2018

A massive, faraway galaxy cluster dubbed Hyperion, seen as it was about 2 billion years post-Big Bang, has been spotted by astronomers using data detected by the Very Large Telescope in Chile and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii, according to findings published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. "Hyperion is like 5,000 galaxies of the Milky Way," said Steffen Miefke of the European Southern Observatory, which runs the Very Large Telescope.

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Reuters, Space
10/18/2018

Satellite images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration illustrate Hurricane Michael's effects on the Florida Panhandle. The images compare how the area looked before and after the hurricane hit as a Category 4 storm.

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CityLab
10/18/2018

Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Ohio will offer students the opportunity to earn college credits in four career-technical pathways through a partnership with an area community college. The pilot program will allow high-school students to earn credits toward an associate degree in computerized design and drafting, culinary arts, network communication technology and engineering.

10/18/2018

Students will have the option to enroll in a culinary program at Lincoln Tech in Columbia, Md., beginning in November. Cory Hughes, Lincoln Tech's Columbia campus president, says the program will prepare students for entry-level positions in the field.

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The Baltimore Sun
10/18/2018

Structures found in 3.7-billion-year-old rocks in Greenland in 2016 that researchers said were the earliest evidence of life on Earth may not have been created by microbes, as initially believed, according to a study of the site published in Nature. The new findings suggest the structures are not stromatolites, but rather stem from deformations in the rocks caused by aging.

10/18/2018

Researchers have identified an additional 34 genes associated with autism spectrum disorder, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Scientists sequenced the exomes of more than 37,000 people on the autism spectrum, identifying a total of 99 genes connected to the disorder.

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The Scientist online
10/18/2018

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Innovation Fund has contributed over $891,000 to startup RapidAIM for a trial of its automated system for monitoring and controlling fruit flies. The system would save time compared with manual surveillance and may decrease the need for pesticides, said Nancy Schellhorn, CEO of RapidAIM.

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ZDNet
10/18/2018

Several factors -- including sinking land and inadequate underground pipes -- contribute to New Orleans' flooding problems, experts say. The city has several topographical depressions, known as bowls, where water can gather during a heavy rainstorm.

10/18/2018

Businesses, schools and other institutions can start using the West Coast earthquake early warning system, which detects earthquakes and sends out alerts up to a minute before the shaking begins, US Geological Survey officials said Wednesday. The halfway-completed system, which is being built for California, Oregon and Washington, isn't ready to send automated warnings to the public yet, partly because cellphone technology can't provide the notifications quickly enough, says Doug Given, USGS earthquake early warning coordinator.

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