Students at a middle school in Washington state recently decided on questions that would be addressed through a live video link to Mark Vande Hei, a US astronaut on the International Space Station. Students asked about climate change on Earth and food in space.
Spending on public education in the US rose by 2.8% during the 2014-15 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This marked the second consecutive year of spending increases following the national 2008 recession.
A school district in Alabama that is home to car manufacturers Toyota and Mazda plans to align its curriculum to match the needs of the employers, says Superintendent Michael Douglas. The automakers recently announced plans for a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in the area.
High-school students in Montana have been working since August to build a house as part of a career-preparation program. The initiative has support from the local construction industry, with representatives saying they need skilled workers.
High-school students can begin enrolling in courses at the Alaska Petroleum Academy under a new grant-funded program. The program will allow students to earn relevant certifications to work in the oil industry.
High-school students in Las Vegas recently presented their inventions before a panel of business experts in a contest modeled after the "Shark Tank" television show. One team presented Conditional Cubes, which can be programmed to complete certain tasks.
High-school students in Washington state are learning cooking and baking skills, as well as how to design menus, as part of a culinary arts program. Students begin with a basic introductory course and advance to learning more about the restaurant and food industries.
Silk Road travelers may have provided knowledge of irrigation techniques that ancient farmers in China used to turn a section of extremely dry desert into farmland, a study published in Archaeological Research in Asia suggests. Satellite images revealed a section of desert in the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains that appeared to have once held dams, cisterns and irrigation canals used by a farming community that once existed there in the third or fourth century A.D.
Archaeologists in Peru have found an ancient ceremonial complex at the site of a monument built by the Moche civilization, giving them more clues about the culture that existed there more than 1,500 years ago. The complex has a banquet hall containing a pair of thrones and murals of marine life, along with a meeting room.
Scientists recently identified Cheirogaleus grovesi, commonly called the Groves' dwarf lemur, which is about 6 inches long and has a 10-inch-long tail. Scientists at the Omaha Zoo's conservation genetics lab determined that Groves' dwarf lemurs, which live in two national parks in Madagascar, are genetically distinct from similar lemurs.
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