High-school welding students in Illinois recently completed work on a grill that will be used at a nearby lodge that will serve as a place to heal for military veterans. The lodge is being built in memory of a service member who died in Afghanistan.
Plans are underway for a clinical trial of four Ebola treatments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, site of a current outbreak. The antiviral drug Remdesivir and antibodies mAB 114, REGN 3470-3471-3479 and ZMapp are already being given to patients as compassionate-use treatments in the DRC, but the clinical trial, which may be expanded to other countries, will have necessary standardization of data about the medications' efficacy.
An Alabama high school recently celebrated the opening of a kitchen for its culinary arts program. Avis Williams, superintendent of Selma City Schools, said the kitchen will give students more opportunities for hands-on learning.
Middle-school students in Michigan recently launched their own lunar rovers as part of the FIRST Tech Challenge. The theme of the competition was "Rover Ruckus" -- focused on the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.
A now-extinct monkey species that once populated Jamaica about 11 million years ago had a slow lifestyle similar to that of sloths, according to DNA data published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Xenothrix mcgregori belonged to the titi monkey group, but it bore very little resemblance to the titi monkeys that live in South American forests today.
A tomb dating between 717 B.C. and 332 B.C. that contains several cat mummies and approximately 100 cat statues has been found in Egypt. Archaeologists are working on more precisely dating the artifacts at the tomb complex, which is near a pyramid belonging to the pharoah Userkaf.
Biopharmaceutical company BiondVax is starting a Phase III trial of its universal flu vaccine M-001, the first such experimental vaccine to advance so far. M-001 works with a standard flu vaccine to produce hemagglutinin antibodies that target multiple strains of flu.
The World Bee Project is partnering with information technology company Oracle to create a global network of hives monitored by artificial intelligence, allowing scientists to learn more about the insects in real time. Researchers say they hope the new data will help them learn how to help bees rebound from their steep population decline.
The American Heart Association-Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment has awarded a $9.6 million grant to a physician at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Dr. Mukesh Jain and his team will study red blood cells and blood vessels, focusing on how they are connected to aging and dementia.
A Virginia middle school is making its after-school remediation program into a science, technology, engineering, arts and math club. Students will perform hands-on activities that involve critical thinking, creativity and problem solving, such as an activity in which students studied chemical changes by making "puking pumpkins."
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