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2/15/2019

Students who operate a manufacturing business at a Wisconsin high school are creating medals, mugs, keychains and other items for an annual sled dog race. Students designed the items, and some were manufactured on campus.

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Researchers got a glimpse into honeybee brains as the insects completed a maze in virtual reality, according to findings published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Electrodes were implanted in the bees' front antennal lobes, allowing scientists to monitor their brains' electrical activity as they moved through the virtual environment.

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2/15/2019

High-school culinary students in Kentucky recently catered an annual fundraising breakfast that raises money for reading and meal programs. CheyAnne Fant, director of nutrition services for the Barren County School System, said part of the goal during the event was to raise awareness -- and funding -- for a recently launched mobile summer meal program.

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Over 100 high-school students in Long Beach, Calif., recently visited the Universal Technical Institute of Long Beach to learn about careers in the automotive industry. The event, now in its second year, offered firsthand lessons in painting, collision repair and technology.

2/15/2019

The school system in Olathe, Kan., has integrated career and technical education programs into the district's five high schools, and students can take classes on construction and other trades. Nearly a quarter of the students in the school system are taking CTE classes, and the program allows students to have technical and regular education on the same campus.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer toured Oakland Community College to learn about the college's advanced technology center and technical education center as part of her Home for Opportunity tour. The college is focused on preparing students for careers in the skilled trades and closing workforce gaps.

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A fresco of the mythical self-absorbed hunter Narcissus has been found during excavations of an elaborately decorated house in Pompeii, Italy, according to Archaeological Park of Pompeii officials. "The entire room is pervaded by the theme of the joy of living, of beauty and of vanity," said the organization's Massimo Osanna.

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2/15/2019

Researchers have developed an insulation material that is lightweight but can withstand extremely high temperatures, according to findings published in Science. The material is made up of air pockets separated by hexagonal boron nitride layers that are atomically thin and function like double-paned windows, and it may have applications for spacecraft, scientists say.

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2/15/2019

A toxin produced by certain strains of Escherichia coli can cause damaging changes to the DNA of gut cells, possibly leading to bowel cancer, a study published in Science suggests. Researchers injected the colibactin-producing E. coli into gastrointestinal cells and found that it caused DNA damage within minutes, but they say further investigation is needed to determine if this does lead to the development of cancer.

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Female researchers are winning more science prizes, but they aren't winning as much money as their male counterparts or receiving the more prestigious awards that men do, according to a study published in Nature. "Our hope is to raise awareness of the ongoing gender gap in scientific award quality across stakeholders," writes study co-author Brian Uzzi.

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