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8/6/2020

More than 20 community colleges will share about $1.7 million in grants for career and technical education supplied by the Illinois Community College Board. Richland Community College will use its $96,608 grant to offer student-centered support services and strengthen the pipeline of CTE educators, among other things.

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Richland Community College
8/6/2020

Two years ago, the American Dairy Association North East began offering virtual farm tours for schools whose students couldn't visit dairy farms. The program, hosted through the video conferencing platform Zoom, allows students to see how the farms work, and speak with farmers about day-to-day operations and how the modern dairy industry uses technology.

8/6/2020

Physicists have struggled to figure out what propels solar flares, but they have come closer by measuring -- for the first time -- the specifics of the magnetic field of a current sheet. The research team was able to conduct the first-time measurements through the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array.

8/6/2020

The transformation of natural lands into farmland and urban areas may have given animal diseases a better chance to cross over to humans, according to a study in Nature. "Our findings show that the animals that remain in more human-dominated environments are those that are more likely to carry infectious diseases that can make people sick," said study author Rory Gibb.

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BBC
8/6/2020

Researchers have calculated the amount of energy used by microbes that live in seabeds and found the number to be significantly lower than what's believed necessary to survive, according to findings published in Science Advances. "We calculate that the average microbe trapped in deep ocean sediments survives on fifty-billion-billion times less energy than a human," says study author James Bradley.

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PhysOrg
8/6/2020

Economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic are being felt unevenly across not only regions of the US, but across communities in the same city, recent data suggests. The maps in this article show steep differences in unemployment rates among neighborhoods in Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.

8/6/2020

The ocean can be divided into 12 megaprovinces and 100 smaller ecoprovinces based on similarities in marine life, according to a recently published study led by Maike Sonnewald of Princeton University. The researchers used a machine learning algorithm to examine ocean data, and Sonnewald says the approach could hep improve the monitoring of marine ecosystems.

8/5/2020

Recent college graduates reveal that they wish they'd had more networking and computer software skills training, according to skills gap research by Gallup, which also found business majors reported a lack of practical skills training. All of the skill gaps findings could explain why fewer Americans view college education as very important than in 2013, says Gallup.

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HR Dive
8/5/2020

A three-year partnership between Kentucky's Fayette County Public Schools and 22 thoroughbred horse businesses will introduce middle- and high-school students to the equine industry. Superintendent Manny Caulk says the first-of-its-kind initiative seeks to create a school-to-farm employment pipeline with opportunities for students across racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

8/5/2020

Thousands of years ago, human brains reconfigured a region meant for recognizing objects to develop the ability to read, a study in Nature Communications suggests. "These results show that the [inferior temporal] cortex of untrained primates can serve as a precursor of orthographic processing, suggesting that the acquisition of reading in humans relies on the recycling of a brain network evolved for other visual functions," the study says.

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