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9/20/2018

University of Florida researcher Dr. Paul Castillo has been awarded a $200,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to study pediatric cancer. The grant is one of 38 that the initiative plans to hand out in September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

9/20/2018

At a recent optics and lasers conference, researchers presented a flexible fiber-optic photoacoustic imaging device that uses a focused pulse laser to highlight tissue and spot optically induced ultrasound waves. The technology could be used in endoscopes and other medical devices as well as wearable sensors.

9/20/2018

Distance is a key factor in social relationships, with an analysis of Facebook data showing that Americans are much more likely to be connected to people in nearby counties than in far-off regions that share similar demographics. Other factors, including historical migration patterns, physical boundaries and state borders, also help explain social connections.

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9/20/2018

Hurricane Florence, which dumped more than 8 trillion gallons of rain in North Carolina, is the latest in a string of flooding events that have affected the region. "The tropical systems that have affected us recently have not been wind events," says University of South Carolina geography professor Susan Cutter. "They've been rainfall events producing inland flooding."

9/19/2018

Engineering teacher Brian Copes has turned a biomedical unit into a long-lasting humanitarian engineering project for students at his Alabama high school. Working with a village in Honduras, Copes and his students have repurposed automotive parts into prostheses, built utility vehicles and created solar panels for a school.

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9/19/2018

A career and technical high school in Maine will begin a cybersecurity training program in the 2019-20 academic year. Plans call for students to learn basic cybersecurity, as well as about network hardware installation and computer hardware repair and maintenance.

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9/19/2018

Scientists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California say they may have found one of the reasons great white sharks congregate in a seemingly desolate area of the Pacific Ocean in the winter and spring. They tracked the great whites to a point midway between the California coast and Hawaii and found a surprising array of marine life traveling up and down a water column, providing the sharks with plenty of dining options.

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9/19/2018

High-school business and marketing students in an Oregon district are getting a head start on their careers by working in a student-run coffee shop. Students earn school credit for working in the shop and are paid on nonschool days by First Tech Federal Credit Union, where the coffee shop is located.

9/19/2018

Students at an Illinois high school are participating in a program that engages them in discussions about potential careers. The Goal Getters program already is being credited for improving students' grades.

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9/19/2018

Five community colleges in New York state announced a partnership to develop the Capital Community College Career Coalition. The goal is to better support workforce-development efforts with support from private-industry partners.