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12/7/2018

Students at a Missouri high school are learning math concepts and construction skills through a Geometry in Construction course. The school is partnering with a community organization, offering students a hands-on opportunity to build a 20-by-16-foot house that will be sold or rented to a low-income family.

12/7/2018

Air-bubble pockets created by slapping their legs on the surface help keep flat-tailed house geckos afloat as they dash across bodies of water, a study published in Current Biology suggests. "They are partially hydroplaning," said Jasmine Nirody, whose team filmed the geckos with high-speed video cameras to analyze the process.

12/7/2018

The School of Mines and Technology in South Dakota is offering in-state tuition to students in Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. The move is intended to help increase enrollment.

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12/7/2018

Rats that had their uteri removed had trouble remembering how to navigate a maze, suggesting that the reproductive organ may play a role in memory, according to findings published in Endocrinology. Researchers also found that removing the uterus affected hormone levels, despite the rats still having their ovaries.

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Science News
12/7/2018

A ground-based telescope has been used to measure helium in the atmospheres of alien planets, getting better results than its space-based counterparts, according to a pair of studies published in Science. The telescope at Spain's Calar Alto Observatory helped one set of researchers observe an exoplanet leaving a wide tail of helium in its wake as it orbits its star, and a different team spotted helium in another exoplanet's atmosphere.

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Space
12/7/2018

A mass extinction of nearly all marine animals approximately 252 million years ago was caused by volcanic activity that released greenhouse gases, resulting in warmer ocean waters and depleted oxygen, a study published in Science suggests. Researchers used computer models to simulate conditions of the so-called Great Dying, saying that current changes in climate could put Earth on a similar path.

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The Scientist online
12/7/2018

Scientists performing "high-risk" research will have access to more than $206 million in funding the first five years and $48.9 million annually afterward from the Canadian government in order to spur unique collaborations, such as biomedical engineers working with social scientists. "Today's announcement is about more than funding -- it is about encouraging researchers to bring diverse expertise, ideas and perspectives together to create bold, new approaches to research in Canada," Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan said.

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12/7/2018

Students studying science and medicine at three City University of New York campuses will share a total of $1.6 million in grants from the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. The grants will help students from Queensborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College and the New York City College of Technology to "transition to four-year degrees and pursue careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences," according to the NIH.

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QNS (Bayside, N.Y.)
12/6/2018

An Ohio school district recently announced that it is creating its seventh college and career academy. The Summa Health Academy of Leadership & Innovation will include a focus on computer programming and software development, education professions and leadership, plus sports medicine and health care professions.

12/6/2018

Successful pig heart transplants into baboons may soon pave the way for trials of pig-to-human organ transplants, according to findings published in Nature. In the study, baboons lived well past the benchmark survival period that the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation set to determine whether xenotransplantation could be safe for human trials.