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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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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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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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8/6/2020

Educators preparing for the uncertainty of the coming school year share in this blog post some "dos and don'ts" of teaching during the coronavirus outbreak. Teacher Amy Klein advises peers to keep it simple, promote routine and make time for one-on-one learning, but avoid a 100% screen-based model or assigning more work than would be given in the classroom.

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.

8/6/2020

Utah students' eligibility for free milk and free or reduced price lunches will be determined by their household income and size, according to guidelines set forth by the state education board and Child Nutrition Programs. Certain other criteria, including acceptance into the SNAP program, also allow students access to the lunch program.

8/6/2020

Students are spending more time online and on social media amid the pandemic, making it more important than ever to help them identify rumors, lies and hoaxes, according to Sarah Brandt, vice president of News Literacy Programs at the nonpartisan NewsGuard. In this article, Brandt writes about recent efforts to boost media literacy and shares why students need to become media literate.

8/6/2020

Students in Kern County, Calif., will be able to see stories in the Books in Motion program in which texts are choreographed and narrated in a digital format. The performances are of books for K-3 students, who can also receive a free book and crafting kits at library locations.

8/5/2020

Budget cuts to education during the previous recession worsened academic outcomes for students, particularly students from lower-income households and those who are Black and Latino, according to a report published in Education Next. Data shows that for every $1,000 a school district's budget declined by, test scores in math and reading were reduced by 1.6 percentage points, with a 6 percentage-point gap between white students and their Black and Latino peers.

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