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6/20/2018

High-school students who are taught a subject such as math by teachers who either majored or minored in the same subject are more likely to graduate from college, according to a study of 6,000 students and their teachers across the country by a researcher at the University of Missouri. Researcher Se Woong Lee noted, "Highly-qualified teachers are more likely to expand students' desires to learn and succeed."

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6/20/2018

High-school students in Kentucky soon could be eligible to earn certifications that would allow them to work in the agriculture pesticide application industry after graduation. The certification program is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education and Department of Agriculture.

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WKMS-FM (Murray, Ky.)
6/20/2018

West Virginia University Institute of Technology recently held its first Southern West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy, where middle-school students were able to learn about careers in the medical field. Sessions led by professionals included a skills lab and operating room simulation.

6/20/2018

About 22% of people who earned bachelor's degrees said they felt prepared to use artificial intelligence in their jobs, according to a survey by Gallup and Northeastern University. This article considers how AI is likely to affect the workforce of the future and how that could upend higher education.

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Education Dive
6/20/2018

A partnership including automakers and transportation-network companies plans to study self-driving vehicles' potential effects on the workforce and raise awareness of career opportunities "during the transition to a new autonomous vehicle-enabled economy." The members of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity are Daimler, Ford, Toyota, Lyft, Uber, Waymo, FedEx and American Trucking Associations.

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The Verge
6/20/2018

Mammals' life spans are connected to pancreatic cell size, according to findings published in Developmental Cell. Mammals with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter life spans than those with smaller pancreatic cells, researchers say.

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The Scientist online
6/20/2018

Highly advanced aliens could one day capture and store stars to deal with the energy shortage resulting from the universe's expansion, according to theoretical astrophysicist Dan Hooper. The stars' energy could be contained using hypothetical devices called Dyson spheres.

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Science News
6/20/2018

A new method to synthesize DNA can help scientists create genes more quickly and economically, according to findings in Nature Biotechnology. The process uses enzymes to attach new DNA to a sequence.

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Nature Biotechnology
6/20/2018

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of a crater believed to have been caused by a meteoroid strike in the last decade. The impact created a small crater and sparked an avalanche of dust and other debris that can be seen as a dark streak on the image released by NASA.

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Space
6/20/2018

Almost all of Madagascar's predators are susceptible to the deadly toxin in the skin of an invasive toad species, according to findings in Current Biology. The findings underscore warnings from scientists about how problematic the toads could become for the island's ecosystem.

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