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12/11/2018

A New York state high school is opening its advanced manufacturing program to adults interested in careers in welding and machine tool operations. The program, which has 24 openings for the spring, is intended to be a pathway to further training or possibly an entry-level job.

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12/11/2018

After zebrafish were exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine, known by the brand name Prozac, their offspring experienced lower cortisol levels through three generations, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "What we think is happening is that by generation three, the fish are already adapting to new low cortisol levels," said study co-author Marilyn Vera-Chang.

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The Scientist online
12/11/2018

Culinary students at a Tennessee high school who operate an on-campus restaurant recently held an open house to thank their customers and school staff. Leslie Emerson, the school's culinary arts instructor, says the program teaches students firsthand what it is like to be a professional chef.

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12/11/2018

A school district in North Carolina offers 30 career and technical education programs, including nursing, carpentry, pharmacy tech and electrical pathways. CTE Director Robin Bowers says schools offer programs based on workforce needs locally and regionally.

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12/11/2018

Extensive numbers of microorganisms have been found living deep within the Earth by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from around the world, according to findings presented at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. "It's like finding a whole new reservoir of life on Earth," said Karen Lloyd, one of approximately 1,200 scientists involved with the Deep Carbon Observatory.

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12/11/2018

Voyager 2 has made the same entrance as fellow spacecraft Voyager 1 into interstellar space, according to findings presented by NASA at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. "Now we are fortunate enough to have two very brave sentinels that have left our heliosphere and are out truly looking at the other side of the boundary in our interstellar medium," said NASA Heliophysics Division Director Nicola Fox.

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12/11/2018

Researchers have observed evidence that liquid water once existed on the asteroid Bennu, which the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is exploring as it prepares to take samples. Instruments onboard OSIRIS-REx have detected chemical signatures in minerals on the asteroid's surface that indicate water was once present, according to findings presented at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting.

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12/11/2018

Satellite images show that long-stable glaciers in East Antarctica are starting to melt at a faster rate, according to findings presented at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. Scientists say this could eventually lead to rising sea levels.

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12/11/2018

Infants regularly exposed to opioid drugs during pregnancy were three times more likely to have a head size that was within the smallest 10% of all babies in the study, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Neonatal abstinence syndrome was the only measure tracked by the study that was significantly linked to smaller infant head size.

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HealthDay News
12/11/2018

The NIH says it is interested in offering up to $20 million in funding to find alternatives to the use of human fetal tissue in disease research. The NIH acknowledged the value of fetal-tissue research, but also said that alternatives may provide a "more replicable and reproducible system."

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