One Pennsylvania elementary school is using smart thermometers to monitor and track student illnesses. Under the program, in use at 500 US schools, parents are given the thermometers and data are anonymously reported to school nurses who can take action to keep an illness from spreading.
Washington state has made some progress in closing educational gaps for some students, but not enough to meet its 10-year goal, according to a legislative report released by the state's board of education. The state's educational system, according to the report, has generally helped upper- to middle-class white students more than students of color or students from lower-income households, among other groups.
Rats that had their uteri removed had trouble remembering how to navigate a maze, suggesting that the reproductive organ may play a role in memory, according to findings published in Endocrinology. Researchers also found that removing the uterus affected hormone levels, despite the rats still having their ovaries.
A ground-based telescope has been used to measure helium in the atmospheres of alien planets, getting better results than its space-based counterparts, according to a pair of studies published in Science. The telescope at Spain's Calar Alto Observatory helped one set of researchers observe an exoplanet leaving a wide tail of helium in its wake as it orbits its star, and a different team spotted helium in another exoplanet's atmosphere.
A mass extinction of nearly all marine animals approximately 252 million years ago was caused by volcanic activity that released greenhouse gases, resulting in warmer ocean waters and depleted oxygen, a study published in Science suggests. Researchers used computer models to simulate conditions of the so-called Great Dying, saying that current changes in climate could put Earth on a similar path.
Scientists performing "high-risk" research will have access to more than $206 million in funding the first five years and $48.9 million annually afterward from the Canadian government in order to spur unique collaborations, such as biomedical engineers working with social scientists. "Today's announcement is about more than funding -- it is about encouraging researchers to bring diverse expertise, ideas and perspectives together to create bold, new approaches to research in Canada," Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan said.
Students studying science and medicine at three City University of New York campuses will share a total of $1.6 million in grants from the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. The grants will help students from Queensborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College and the New York City College of Technology to "transition to four-year degrees and pursue careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences," according to the NIH.
Students in third- through fifth-grade at an Ohio school recently dressed as famous historical figures from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to create a living museum. Students studied individuals such as Marie Curie and Orville and Wilbur Wright and delivered biographical speeches as guests at the event.
Digital portfolios can help students take responsibility for their learning and offer an interested audience for students' work, elementary-school principal Matt Renwick writes in this commentary. He shares four tips for setting up digital portfolios, including letting students be in control and to focus on the process.
South Carolina English teacher Taylor South had his freshman honors class conduct self-selected projects based on the novel "Sold," about a Nepalese girl sold to traffickers by her stepfather. Students created essays, artwork and videos about sexual slavery and human trafficking.