The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded $2.5 million to Ivan Marazzi of New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to study a possible link between infections and neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Marazzi will examine gene expression regulation processes and how they are affected by infections.
Two teenage girls in Ontario have started a FIRST Robotics team that has a 50-50 female-male ratio to help students learn to work together to prepare them for employment in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Having half of the team made up of girls will help the young women feel more comfortable joining the team, co-captain Olivia O'Driscoll said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.