A mass extinction of nearly all marine animals approximately 252 million years ago was caused by volcanic activity that released greenhouse gases, resulting in warmer ocean waters and depleted oxygen, a study published in Science suggests. Researchers used computer models to simulate conditions of the so-called Great Dying, saying that current changes in climate could put Earth on a similar path.
Scientists performing "high-risk" research will have access to more than $206 million in funding the first five years and $48.9 million annually afterward from the Canadian government in order to spur unique collaborations, such as biomedical engineers working with social scientists. "Today's announcement is about more than funding -- it is about encouraging researchers to bring diverse expertise, ideas and perspectives together to create bold, new approaches to research in Canada," Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan said.
Students studying science and medicine at three City University of New York campuses will share a total of $1.6 million in grants from the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. The grants will help students from Queensborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College and the New York City College of Technology to "transition to four-year degrees and pursue careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences," according to the NIH.
An Ohio school district recently announced that it is creating its seventh college and career academy. The Summa Health Academy of Leadership & Innovation will include a focus on computer programming and software development, education professions and leadership, plus sports medicine and health care professions.
Successful pig heart transplants into baboons may soon pave the way for trials of pig-to-human organ transplants, according to findings published in Nature. In the study, baboons lived well past the benchmark survival period that the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation set to determine whether xenotransplantation could be safe for human trials.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signed an agreement with Swiss officials on Monday to help bolster US career-training education. The agreement calls for the US and Switzerland to exchange information and resources about apprenticeships and includes a pledge from 22 Swiss companies that operate in the US to support training programs.
Culinary students at a technical school in Maine operate a fine dining restaurant that is open to the public. Students prepare all the food from scratch and open the restaurant for lunch on Wednesdays.
An Alabama school district is partnering with an area community college to offer an advanced manufacturing program. The dual-enrollment program will include lessons on safety, and students also will take some academic courses at the college.
Culinary students in a Massachusetts program recently prepared a five-course meal for the Railroad Street Youth Project's Annual Culinary Arts Dinner and Awards ceremony. The students, who serve as apprentices, spent weeks preparing the menu and dishes.
Community colleges in Virginia allow students to use their military experience to receive college credits -- and avoid taking unnecessary courses. The Credits2Careers program applies to active duty and veteran students.