A group of high-school students accepted into MIT's summer Research Science Institute teamed up to develop a website that guides people to local sites that offer coronavirus tests, and the project has been entered into Connecticut's COVID-19 Coding Challenge. Students took on every aspect of creating the site -- from design and web development to marketing and data collection, and the website features approximately 6,500 testing sites around the country.
A powerful explosion coming from a small galaxy 500 million light-years away has been identified as a fast blue optical transient, a new type of blast within the universe described in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "CSS161010 launched 1 to 10 percent the mass of the sun at more than half the speed of light -- evidence that this is a new class of transient," said researcher Deanne Coppejans.
The angle an asteroid hit the ground 66 million years ago resulted in the maximum amount of damage to wipe out dinosaurs, according to simulations based on Chicxulub crater geological data and described in Nature Communications. "This was a very bad day for the dinosaurs, and the more special the circumstances that had to come together to cause this event, the less likely that it'll happen again," said researcher Gareth Collins.
The State University of New York at Cobleskill has been awarded a $5.8 million grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop a mobile gasifier that would help reduce wildfires by converting woody biomass into clean-burning fuel. The gasifier can process roughly one ton of wood per hour.
A Michigan high school kicked off a virtual college and career fair with the help of programs such as Google Classrooms and Xello future readiness software, writes Erica Birkmeier the school's career navigator and college and career advisor. Birkmeier writes that she put together a resource hub, encouraged student exploration and connected students with local trade representatives via Zoom.
St. Cloud Technical and Community College in Minnesota plans to open an advanced manufacturing training lab, funded through a $2.5 million grant from the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The project will include enhancements and new equipment and is intended to more closely model a real-world work environment.
Students at an Illinois high school recently competed in an entrepreneurship competition, similar to the television show "Shark Tank." Unlike past competitions, this contest took place remotely via Zoom.
Anamita Guha, IBM Quantum's global lead of product management, says she is focused on making sure quantum computing and artificial intelligence technology are built ethically and are inclusive and diverse. In this Q&A, Guha discusses being a role model for girls and women in STEM as an IF/THEN ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Career and technical education teachers in Colorado have worked to transition typically hand-on lessons, including in automotive repair, cosmetology and welding, online during a period of remote instruction. Students enrolled in a construction program were asked to work on home repair projects, for example, and teachers established video libraries with skill demonstrations and industry speakers.
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