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.
Trinity College in Connecticut has partnered with Infosys to create Trinity-Infosys Applied Learning Initiative to help give liberal arts students workforce-technology skills. The initiative is aimed at giving students the opportunity to design and use digital technologies as well have as internships.
Two Texas school districts have partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to offer job training to students with special needs through a program that employs job coaches at paid community-based internships. Students have been placed at a school, government agency, hospital and grocery store.
Teenage girls in the UK who self-identify as gamers are more likely to study physical science, technology, engineering and math, according to a study. While female students linked their STEM interests to video games, boys did not connect their gaming identity to academic interests.
The Tyrannosaurus rex's tiny arms were more useful than previously thought, according to findings presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting. Researchers used turkey and alligator elbows to simulate movements of a T. rex joint, finding that its ability to rotate its forearms and hands toward the chest may have made it easier to bring prey closer to its mouth.
More than 100 Virginia companies offered seventh-graders a look at their fields during the annual Worlds of Work expo. Demonstrations included learning CPR with EMS personnel and simulations in masonry and welding.
A Bose-Einstein condensate, or BEC, has been created in space using a small atom chip as part of the Matter-Wave Interferometry in Microgravity experiment, described in Nature. The space-based BEC could be used to more precisely measure gravitational waves or detect dark-matter particles, researchers say.
A chemical reaction between formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide may be behind much of China's notorious winter smog, a study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests. Researchers say more progress could be made in curbing the smog by focusing efforts on slashing formaldehyde emissions as well as sulfur dioxide emissions.