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2/21/2018

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring a three or higher has increased about 70% over the past decade, according to The College Board. Data from 2017 show Massachusetts leading the pack in test access and performance.

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2/21/2018

An Arizona high school is partnering with an area community college to allow students to graduate from high school with a diploma and an associate degree. Students enrolled in the program will be able to start taking college classes in their freshman year of high school.

2/21/2018

A pair of leather bands likely used as boxing gloves during the Roman period have been discovered at Vindolanda, the remains of a Roman fort in the UK. The gloves are meant to fit across the knuckles and may have been used for sparring, researchers say.

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2/21/2018

The recently discovered Yucatan underwater cave system holds a host of artifacts of the Maya culture as well as the remains of giant sloths, bears and elephant-like gomphotheres that date back about 15,000 years. Artifacts include wall etchings, ceramics, burnt human remains and a 9,000-year-old human skull, according to archaeologists.

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2/21/2018

The indigenous people thought to have gone extinct after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean may not have completely disappeared, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers found genetic evidence in a 1,000-year-old tooth that suggests the DNA from the Taino people still exists in modern Caribbean communities.

2/21/2018

The number of reported measles cases in Europe rose significantly in 2017 to more than 21,000, about four times the number of cases reported in 2016, according to the World Health Organization. Health officials say the increase could be because fewer people are getting vaccinated.

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The Scientist online
2/21/2018

Researchers reported at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting that they used human cells to grow a model eye covered with a hydrogel film that acts like a blinking eyelid. The synthetic eye consists of a ring of conjunctival cells around corneal cells on a surface shaped like a contact lens, and it could be used to test treatments for dry eye disease, corneal injuries and other conditions.

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Science News
2/21/2018

After finding errors in the way it spent NIH grant money, the University of North Texas Health Science Center says it will repay over $13 million to the federal government. "Integrity is one of our core values, and that means owning, correcting and learning from our mistakes," said Dr. Michael Williams, the center's president.

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The Scientist online
2/21/2018

Montana biotechnology firm Inimmune has been awarded a $176,000 Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The funds will be used to study new ways to treat and prevent upper respiratory tract infections.

2/21/2018

Students from a Virginia high school recently prepared a meal for a local chamber of commerce event as part of a project for their Introduction to Culinary Arts class. Teacher Kathryn Kiser says the program teaches students cooking and workplace skills.