For more than a decade, Northrop Grumman and the Air Force Association have sponsored a competition for middle- and high-school students to spot and fix cybersecurity flaws. The commissioner of the CyberPatriot program, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, estimates the competition has grown from a handful of teams in Florida to more than 5,000 around the world, reaching a quarter-million students along the way.
An accelerated training program at Valencia College in Florida prepares students for careers in manufacturing, construction, health care, IT and distribution. Officials say there is high demand for graduates of the program and interest has grown in the three years since it launched.
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of two pairs of double quasars, and scientists reported the events in Nature Astronomy. Double quasars occur when quasars from merging galaxies get within close proximity to each other, in each of these cases within about 10,000 light-years.
When male gorillas beat their chests, they are communicating to females and rivals that they are big, strong and a force to be reckoned with, according to observations reported in Scientific Reports. Researchers determined that the sounds made when males beat their chests are deeper and a lower frequency the larger the gorilla is, indicating body size to the listener.
Researchers have identified a new kind of krait snake in China and Myanmar and they've named it Suzhen's krait after a Chinese goddess. Scientists at first thought it was a many-banded krait, but genetic tests and other differences revealed the snake to be much more deadly, according to findings reported in ZooKeys.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $9.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand its High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The facility in Gakona provides research space to study the ionosphere.
Operation Next is a no-cost manufacturing training program in Michigan that helps people gain skills in industrial technology maintenance, computer numerical control machining and more. "If you're a minority that is hesitating to enter the world of manufacturing, this is an accessible, stepping-stone program focused on opportunity and success," says Alicia Amey, a welding student in the program.
Workforce demand for welders has led to growth in the welding and fabrication program at Mid-Coast School of Technology in Maine. Robert Deetjen, director of the school, touted the competitiveness of the program and said it opens the doors to a variety of career pathways for students.
Three historically Black universities are working with United Airlines to help fulfill its pledge that half of the pilot recruits at its new school will be women and minorities. "No matter what your dreams are, they're always attainable," said Gabrielle Harding, a United pilot who is a graduate of Hampton University.
The OSIRIS-REx space probe swung by Bennu one last time before it starts its journey back to Earth in May with a sample taken from the asteroid's surface stored away. OSIRIS-REx briefly landed on the asteroid's surface last fall and dug up about two ounces of material, which scientists will examine when the spacecraft returns sometime in 2023.
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