A Pennsylvania school district has begun a weekly elementary-school science, technology, engineering and math class to boost 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, flexibility and technology literacy. Fifth-graders recently used their problem-solving skills to design a lighting system to help a fictional character explore a tomb in Egypt.
Most pieces of a 12,000-year-old human fossil have been found in the rubble left by a fire that destroyed most of the National Museum of Brazil last month, according to museum officials. The fossil, dubbed Luzia, is one of the museum's prized pieces and among the few artifacts recovered following the Sept. 2 blaze.
Students at La Follette High School in Wisconsin had the opportunity to interview and ask questions about the industries of local professionals. The event was part of the Madison School District's Personalized Pathways program where students study a career-oriented theme in small groups.
Researchers have devised a way to detect young exoplanets within dust rings in faraway stellar systems, according to findings published on arXiv.org. Young exoplanets leave tracks in the dust rings that can be spotted by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, allowing scientists to chart a distant exoplanet's movements even though they can't see the planet itself.
The 120-million-year-old fossil of a bird that lived among the dinosaurs has been found in China, and paleontologists were surprised to find well-preserved fossilized lungs within its chest cavity, according to findings presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting. The fossil of Archaeorhynchus spathula also includes preserved feathers.
Differences in DNA have been linked to people choosing same-sex partners, according to a study of more than 490,000 people throughout the US, UK and Sweden. "There is no gay gene, but rather non-heterosexuality is influenced by many tiny-effect genetic factors," said geneticist Andrea Ganna, who presented the results at the American Society of Human Genetics' annual meeting.
Texas Tech University has received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop an immunotherapy treatment for peanut allergies. Research will focus on the use of microneedles, which can mitigate some of the side effects caused by traditional allergy shots.
The NIH awarded an $11 million grant to Clemson University to establish a center for musculoskeletal research. The South Carolina Center for Translational Research Improving Musculoskeletal Health will use virtual human trials via computer modeling to test treatments for such conditions as arthritis and osteoporosis.
John Deere in Moline, Ill., works with the Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board and Quad-City high schools to find new talent or inspire youths to pursue careers in manufacturing. John Deere uses a virtual-reality training program and other tools to educate high-schoolers about the industry.
New York on Tech is a nonprofit group that provides training in high-demand technology skills to New York City students who have limited resources. In the future, the nonprofit plans to add more classes to its curriculum and slowly scale the organization nationwide.
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