NASA's Kepler space telescope is running out of fuel, which will force it to end its planet-hunting mission several months from now. "The Kepler team is planning to collect as much science data as possible in its remaining time and beam it back to Earth before the loss of the fuel-powered thrusters means that we can't aim the spacecraft for data transfer," said Kepler mission system engineer Charlie Sobeck.
Virtual particles, a principle in quantum mechanics, might help explain how dead stars without event horizons avoid becoming black holes, according to a study published in Physical Review Letters. Researchers say virtual particles within a collapsed star may polarize, preventing them from getting too close to each other and keeping the star from becoming too small.
Homo sapiens interbred with two genetically distinct populations of Denisovans, a study published in Cell suggests. Researchers looked at the genomes of nearly 6,000 modern people from a variety of populations and compared them to Denisovan DNA.
The brain is influenced by the rest of the human body, as well as the environment, according to the book "The Biological Mind" by MIT professor Alan Jasanoff. He writes that everything from blood chemistry to gut bacteria to changes in temperature can affect how our brains work.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, have committed $500 million toward the construction of a cutting-edge science center at the University of Oregon. The university will also receive $70 million from the state to go toward the $1 billion facility, but it will have to come up with the additional $430 million needed to complete the project.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Ubiquitous Quantum Dots, a startup based in Los Alamos, N.M., to continue its work on technology that allows windows to create electricity. The quantum-dot-tinted-windows project received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant.
A Colorado elementary school is closing and will reopen as a Marzano Academy, a move that aims to support competency-based learning. The academy -- the second in the US designed by Robert Marzano -- will operate as a lab school in which teachers will receive ongoing coaching.
Students are learning career skills and have the opportunity to earn an industry certification through a California high school's floral design program. In this commentary, agriculture teacher Jenny Kaslin describes how students earn money making flower arrangements for a floral club that receives monthly deliveries.
Leaders at Northwest Missouri State University, the city of Gladstone, Mo., and the North Kansas City School District worked together to establish the Northland Innovation Center. The center is focused on bolstering the school-to-college-to-career pipeline through project-based learning.
With almost 30% of the cost of goods delivery coming from last-mile delivery, logistics companies are looking for ways to save. Technology is helping with solutions such as smart lockers, sensors and data analytics.