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12/11/2019

Students enrolled in a high-school culinary arts program in Montana are gaining real-world industry experience. The program includes support from area professionals, and students who are interested can earn an industry certification before graduating.

12/11/2019

Genetically engineered "mighty mice" were delivered to the International Space Station by the SpaceX Dragon capsule, along with nematodes, an empathetic robot and supplies for the crew aboard the ISS. Scientists will study the mice to learn how to prevent the loss of bone and muscle while in space, and the roundworms are part of a study to control pests on Earth.

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12/11/2019

Satellite images of glaciers and ice sheets taken, in some cases, over a period of nearly 50 years, show dramatic changes through time-lapse videos presented at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. "When you play these movies, you get a sense of how dynamic these systems are and how unsteady the ice flow is," says glaciologist Mark Fahnestock.

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12/11/2019

Stress caused by predators may cause Trinidad's killifish to grow more brain cells than those who aren't preyed upon, a study published in the Royal Society Proceedings B suggests. Most fish families have less brain cell production when faced with predators, unlike the killifish, says researcher Kent Dunlap.

12/11/2019

The NIH has awarded a $29 million grant to the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science consortium to improve the translation of medical research to patient treatments. Members of the consortium, coordinated in part by the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, are anticipated to secure more funding to help the program reach the $45 million mark.

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12/11/2019

Several high schools in a Wisconsin district recently hosted academies showcases where students could demonstrate their career and technical skills. The event is intended to showcase potential career pathway programs for incoming eighth-grade students.

12/10/2019

Female orcas that have gone through menopause may help increase the odds of survival for their families' calves, according to findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "We suspect when breeding grandmothers are supporting their own calves, their movement and activity patterns are constrained and they are not able to provide support and leadership in the same way as post-menopausal females," says study author Stuart Nattrass.

12/10/2019

High-school students in Washington state recently competed in a welding contest. The students, who comprised 20 teams, were provided blueprints and asked to complete the project using their welding skills.

12/10/2019

A number of new community colleges across the US are taking steps to create flexible programs, provide more support to students and offer coursework designed to better prepare students who plan to transfer to other schools. These schools are working to "more holistically serve their communities" and support a wider variety of students, says Karen Stout, president and CEO of the nonprofit group Achieving the Dream.

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12/10/2019

The somewhat parallel fissures observed on the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus are likely caused by gradual pressure building up on its icy surface by tidal stresses created as the moon's orbit cools, then heats, the area. "This mechanism really only works when the gravity is very weak, which is the case for Enceladus," said Douglas Hemingway, author of a study published in Nature Astronomy.

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