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7/25/2017

Schools in Massachusetts are working to prepare students for careers in manufacturing. Interest in the field varies, with some educators saying they are struggling to recruit students, while leaders at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, for example, are saying that enrollment is maxed out.

7/25/2017

Southwest Airlines has donated a CFM56-3B1 high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine to Georgia Northwestern Technical College's Aviation Training Center. "There are so many different systems that we teach that are on this one engine so we can show students how it all goes together instead of, what we have had up until now, was individual components," said Jon Byrd, director of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at GNTC.

7/25/2017

Minnesota has announced it will award more than $2 million in grants through its Job Skills Partnership to help train workers. The grants will go to 16 health care and manufacturing companies to train 2,744 workers.

7/25/2017

The signature of electrons left by radioactive material might be able to identify how strong it was and where it was stored, according to a study published online in Health Physics. Researchers say the technique could be used to track the origins of a dirty bomb to help find who made it.

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7/25/2017

Satellite data of lunar pyroclastic deposits suggest the interior of the moon may store water, according to findings published in Nature Geoscience. "We observe the water in deposits that are at the surface today, but these deposits are the result of magma that originally comes from deep within the lunar interior," said Ralph Milliken, lead author of the study.

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7/25/2017

The Standard Model of physics says that charged leptons are expected to behave the same despite their size differences, but signs are pointing to some deviations, a review published in Nature suggests. If findings of three recent experiments hold up, they could mean some mysterious new influence is at play, shaking things up for physics and the Standard Model.

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7/25/2017

A series of islands north of Antarctica was once a refuge for ancient fish, allowing them to adapt and for diverse new species to emerge, a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution suggests. Researchers say fish evolved there during various ice ages over the last 12 million years before venturing out into the world when the glaciers retreated.

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7/25/2017

Tiny magnetic robots can swim the front crawl through viscous liquids such as blood and may one day deliver medicine by swimming through a person's veins, according to findings published in Nano Letters. The so-called nanoswimmers are just 5 micrometers, or 0.0002 of an inch, long with a body flanked by a pair of magnetic nickel arms.

7/25/2017

An additional 10 kidney transplant recipients were free from hepatitis C virus infection following transplants of kidneys from HCV-positive donors, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Transplant Congress and a letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers used a cohort of dialysis patients ages 40 to 65 who had been on the kidney waiting list for a minimum of 18 months.

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MD Magazine online
7/25/2017

Investors have provided $4.6 million to B-Secur of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to develop biometric authentication technology. B-Secur is working on a way to use human heartbeat patterns to securely confirm a person's identity.

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