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11/16/2018

Alabama officials want to expand opportunities for high-schoolers to work as apprentices with local businesses. Joshua Laney, the workforce development senior director with the Alabama State Department of Education, says the youth apprenticeship programs will help students prepare for jobs when they graduate.

11/16/2018

Footprints found in the Grand Canyon belonged to a tiny reptile that lived around 315 million years ago, according to findings presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting. The creature moved with an unusual sideways gait, making the tracks look as if two reptiles had been walking next to each other.

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11/16/2018

Students are gaining first-hand knowledge working in pharmacies through a CVS Health collaboration in Philadelphia. Under the 12-week program, students interested in the pharmacy technician pre-apprenticeship gain in-class and field experience.

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11/16/2018

High-schoolers in Indiana are preparing for careers in the skilled trades in the school's new Manufacturing Academy. Students who participate in the program work toward earning industry-recognized certifications, including as certified production technicians.

11/16/2018

A liposome-based malaria vaccine is being developed that could prevent transmission of the disease by mosquitoes after they bite an infected person who has been inoculated, according to researchers Wei-Chiao Huang and Jonathan Lovell. "[W]e expect that when an uninfected mosquito bites a person infected with the malaria parasite, the blood it sucks up will carry the parasite and the human antibodies that will prevent the parasite from multiplying in the insect's gut," they write.

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11/16/2018

Researchers have placed 2.4 million dopamine precursor cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease, the first of seven people to undergo the experimental treatment. "The patient is doing well, and there have been no major adverse reactions so far," said researcher Jun Takahashi of Kyoto University in Japan, where the precursor cells were developed.

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Nature (free content)
11/16/2018

The city of Tenea, whose residents may have once been Trojan War prisoners, has been unearthed in Greece. Archaeologists found buildings, artifacts and portions of a cemetery dating back to between 300 B.C. and A.D. 400, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture.

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LiveScience
11/16/2018

A new examination of data collected by a defunct European Space Agency satellite has revealed lost continents underneath the ice in Antarctica. "In East Antarctica, we see an exciting mosaic of geological features that reveal fundamental similarities and differences between the crust beneath Antarctica and other continents it was joined to until 160 million years ago," said Fausto Ferraccioli, co-author of the study published in Scientific Reports.

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11/16/2018

The University of Lincoln in the UK has been awarded a $621,489 grant from the Department of Health and Social Care to further develop an antibiotic that could be used to treat drug-resistant bacteria. Researchers will use the funds to create synthetic forms of teixobactin, a natural antibiotic shown to be effective against such pathogens.

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University of Lincoln
11/15/2018

Students at a Pennsylvania high school are learning culinary skills in a program that allows them to earn a microcredential in the field. Officials say they hope to soon offer students an opportunity to work as apprentices at local businesses.

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