Cheyenne Randle, a welding instructor at South Louisiana Community College, teaches students in a one-year program that helps fill openings for welders in local industry. The program is among others that are prioritizing workforce development to help meet the current and future needs of industries.
A supermassive black hole has been observed helping to create newborn stars in a dwarf galaxy about 34 million light-years from Earth. The stars in Henize 2-10 were seen linked to a huge gas jet coming from the black hole by the Hubble Space Telescope and are described in Nature.
Two genetically-altered pig kidneys have been transplanted into a brain-dead human in a process described in the American Journal of Transplantation. Doctors say the kidneys performed well during 77 hours of monitoring, with no signs of rejection.
Babies as young as eight months old already are aware that the sharing of saliva through kissing, sharing food and other activities indicate a close relationship, a study in Science suggests. Researchers showed babies and toddlers videos of women interacting with puppets, and the children reacted more to interactions in which the sharing of saliva took place.
Fin whales who eat by thrusting themselves through water open-mouthed likely don't choke thanks to a stopper made of fat and muscle located at the back of their mouths, according to findings published in Current Biology. The fleshy plug acts as a kind of trapdoor, allowing food to pass but blocking water from rushing into the stomach and lungs.
Some school districts in California are working to increase the number of Black teachers in the state's schools through targeted teacher pipeline programs. In Oakland Unified School District, efforts include supporting the transition of substitute teachers and other district employees into teaching careers.
Michigan fifth-graders are learning cross-country skiing basics through the Nordic Rocks program from the Crystal Community Ski Club. Ski coach Beth Major says the goal is to get kids active and introduce them to the sport.
Pandemic stress-related behavioral problems are increasing as students return to the classroom, and data indicates that the rates of suspensions and expulsions are climbing in some schools. "You can’t do restorative justice if you don’t have time," remarked middle-school principal Kilian Betlach, noting that staffing shortages have left some schools without adequate personnel to address problem behavior in schools.
Build students' critical thinking and writing skills by having them evaluate a piece of writing and encouraging group brainstorming sessions, says teacher Amy Bilek. Sharing your own writing and setting aside time for voluntary student sharing sessions creates a supportive environment, Bilek adds.
A nonviolent action video game embedded with mini brain-training exercises for cognitive flexibility, attention and other reading functions has shown a marked, sustained improvement in students' reading speed and accuracy, University of Geneva researchers have found. Students' skills improved despite the game's lack of reading activity, study author Angela Pasqualotto says.