Spending time in nature and being awed by it can have a positive effect on mental health, a study in Emotion suggests. "Experiencing awe can contribute to a host of benefits including an expanded sense of time and enhanced feelings of generosity, well-being, and humility," says Dacher Keltner, a study author.
About 1.4 million high-school students earned college credits in the 2010-11 school year through dual-enrollment programs -- about 68% more than in the 2002-03 school year -- and nearly 70% of high schools had dual-enrollment programs by 2015, according to the Government Accountability Office. Research supports benefits of dual enrollment, including increasing the likelihood that students enroll in and finish college, yet some question whether the programs are as rigorous as traditional college courses.
New infrared images of Saturn's moon Enceladus taken by the Cassini space probe's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer suggest the presence of relatively new ice. "Now, thanks to these infrared eyes, you can go back in time and say that one large region in the northern hemisphere appears also young and was probably active not that long ago, in geologic timelines," says study author Gabriel Tobie.
An invisible ultraviolet aurora has been detected around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft. The aurora is caused by an interaction between solar winds and water molecules within the comet's coma, according to findings published online by Nature Astronomy.
The National Cancer Institute and the NIH have awarded a $10 million grant to Ohio State University to establish the Center for Serological Testing to Improve Outcomes from Pandemic COVID-19 to study how the illness affects first responders and their families. The researchers anticipate studying almost 2,000 people over five years.
A Nebraska high school recently launched an FFA club, which has already proven popular with dozens of students participating. The club has its roots in 2019, when families pushed for more agriculture opportunities for students.
A student at a Pennsylvania high school led an effort to launch a dual-enrollment program with an area community college. The high school, which had existing dual-enrollment programs with several colleges, now is opening opportunities at Grove City College to students.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected lessons offered through the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom program. Darlene Arneson, state coordinator, says she is offering training videos via YouTube and is preparing a themed monthly learning series.
The NIH is investing $82 million over five years to establish 11 multidisciplinary research centers focused on emerging zoonotic diseases in partnership with 28 other countries. If the effort succeeds, a worldwide surveillance network will be able to coordinate responses to evolving pathogens before they cause another pandemic.
US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia visited Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Kentucky, where he said a technical education will help students secure high-paying jobs. In addition to observing career and technical programs, Scalia also visited two mobile training programs, which deliver career training in the community.
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