A school district in Illinois is considering expanding its high-school academy program to help prepare students for in-demand careers. Among the academy options being explored are hospitality and tourism, government, education, finance and marketing.
Students at a Wisconsin high school tested their automotive skills in the recent Firestone Challenge. Rob France, a technology and engineering teacher, said the competition allowed students to experience a first-hand application for skills learned in the classroom.
Students at a West Virginia middle school recently heard from area employers as part of a career day event intended to introduce them to various career paths. Presentations included a focus on architecture and engineering.
Fire departments in a Mississippi community are offering college scholarships to volunteer firefighters. Firefighters are eligible for $2,000 toward tuition in exchange for a commitment to working at the station.
Efforts are underway in Nevada to increase the cybersecurity workforce. Desert Research Institute in Reno, for example, has launched an educational and internship program for students interested in careers in cybersecurity.
Oklahoma wants to hire nurses to inspect health care facilities in the state, including long-term care facilities and home-based services. These jobs require at least seven years' experience and training to inspect one type of facility can take two years.
Wild Chinese giant salamanders, which are considered living fossils because they haven't changed in 170 million years, are near extinction in their natural habitat because they are being caught to serve as a delicacy in restaurants. "The overexploitation of these incredible animals for human consumption has had a catastrophic effect on their numbers in the wild over an amazingly short time span," said Samuel Turvey, who participated in field surveys of the creatures' habitats.
A number of simple organisms that don't have brains can still exhibit intelligent behavior. Among those are slime molds, which can solve mazes; jellyfish, which appear to sleep; and various plants such as the Cornish mallow, which anticipates the morning sun by turning its leaves toward the sunrise the night before.
More than 2,000 human bones found in Denmark are providing researchers with clues about barbarian warfare that took place in northern Europe about 2,000 years ago, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The bones belonged to at least 82 people, most of whom were young males who died during a single incident, and archaeologists estimate there could have been over 380 people buried at the site because of how the bones were distributed.
Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated they can trap radioactivity for a long period of time by mixing radioactive waste with liquid glass, which then solidifies. "The radioactive elements are chemically bound as part of the glass material, and the glass material is a durable waste form that isolates the radioactivity from the environment for a very long time," lead researcher Will Eaton said.
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