Kent Career Technical Center in Michigan has increased enrollment by 200 students, prompting the center to hire new instructors. Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff said the career and technical education programs help to develop a pipeline of skilled workers for area employers.
Students at a Nebraska high school are growing food in an on-campus greenhouse that will be used by a local restaurant. The students, members of the school's Eco West Club, recently started growing basil and lettuce.
The Curiosity rover has drilled into Mars and retrieved samples for the first time in nearly two years after NASA engineers came up with a successful workaround for a drill malfunction. "The team used tremendous ingenuity to devise a new drilling technique and implement it on another planet," said Steve Lee, deputy project manager of the Curiosity project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
A vast number of comets may have been involved in the formation of Pluto, according to researchers studying the dwarf planet's Sputnik Planitia glacier plus data from New Horizons and the spacecraft that studied Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. "We found an intriguing consistency between the estimated amount of nitrogen inside the glacier and the amount that would be expected if Pluto was formed by the agglomeration of roughly a billion comets or other Kuiper Belt objects similar in chemical composition to 67P," said Chris Glein, an author of the study published in Icarus.
Living on the ground 66 million years ago may have saved some ancient birds from the effects of the devastating asteroid strike that killed off their relatives that lived in trees, a study published in Current Biology suggests. "It seems clear that being a relatively small-bodied bird capable of surviving in a treeless world would have conferred a major survival advantage in the aftermath of the asteroid strike," said lead author Daniel Field.
Researchers are heading to Loch Ness in Scotland next month to collect skin and scales for DNA testing. "While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness," said project leader Neil Gemmell.
Ultrasound used to manipulate neuronal activity in the brain also activates the auditory cortex no matter where the ultrasound is focused, according to a pair of studies published in Neuron. Researchers studying the effects of ultrasound on brain activity in mice and guinea pigs were surprised when the auditory areas reacted as well.
The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program for Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will receive $200,000 from the Interior Department. Funds will go toward the second year of the two-year program and last through 2020.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded the University of Texas at San Antonio a $7.7 million grant for its Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement program. RISE provides funding for low-income, disabled and minority students studying biomedical and behavioral sciences to attain doctoral degrees.
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