Career and technical education programs at some high schools are integrating courses in robotics, unmanned aviation technology and mechatronics to help prepare students for in-demand jobs in these fields. A Maryland high school offers a four-year Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology program and is constructing an indoor space for students to practice operating drones.
Seven colleges and universities -- each with their own employer partner or partners -- are piloting the effectiveness of digital credentials. The TeeUpTheSkills program, led by Education Design Lab, is aimed at providing students with skills and credentials that will make them "digitally discoverable" by employers.
Eighth-grade girls in an Indiana school district recently attended the annual Nontraditional Employment for Women -- or N.E.W. -- Opportunities Workshop. There, they learned about potential careers in fields where women are underrepresented, including welding and engineering.
An Ohio school district is offering three career and technical education courses at all high schools, Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli says. The effort, which began about one year ago, is aimed at ensuring students have more pathways to success in college and career.
Fresno City College in California will receive about $1 million in state funding to grow the college's robotics program. Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula said the funding he helped secure will expand career opportunities and job training.
Baby mice with two biological fathers and no mother have been produced in a lab using a gene-editing technique, according to findings published in Cell Stem Cell. Researchers used stem cells from two male mice to create embryos implanted into female surrogates, producing offspring, but none of the pups survived for more than a few days after birth.
The last scientific paper that includes input by the physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, has been released on arXiv.org. Titled "Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair," the paper suggests that some information about an object thrown into a black hole might be preserved, accounting for a change in the black hole's entropy.
Small lab-grown organoids are helping scientists learn more about how color-sensing cells in human eyes develop, according to findings published online in Science. Researchers engineered stem cells to develop into eye tissue with photoreceptors that reacted to different colors of light.
A close celestial companion of some kind likely siphoned off the mass of a star before it exploded into an unusual supernova, ejecting very little material, according to findings scheduled for publication in Science. "We call this an ultrastripped envelope supernova," said Mansi Kasliwal of the California Institute of Technology, adding that the observation is "the first time we have convincingly seen core collapse of a massive star that is so devoid of matter."
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2 million grant to Duke University for a study of how changes in DNA affect cancer development. Researchers plan to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to get a closer look at the structure of DNA and how it can be controlled.
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