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4/25/2017

Math and geometry students from two Illinois high schools are working together to help build a home for a local veteran who is disabled. The project is part of a partnership with a local school district and the national nonprofit, A Soldier's Journey Home.

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4/25/2017

Government organizations, nonprofit groups and Southern California tribes in the Riverside County, Calif., region have partnered with a school that offers career and technical education to bring more skills and opportunity to the community. The school focuses on hands-on learning and serves students who are often first in their family to obtain postsecondary education.

4/25/2017

Maryland is seen as a national leader in cybersecurity education. At the University of Maryland, College Park, students enrolled in an honors course are allowed to attempt to hack their college's network.

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The Baltimore Sun
4/25/2017

Many community-college presidents face various challenges, from shrinking budgets and performance pressures to a narrowing successor pipeline. This analysis focuses on four college presidents having success in areas such as student achievement.

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Education Dive
4/25/2017

Schools and hospitals in Bartholomew County, Ind., work to create career pathways for nurses to help reduce workforce shortages. Columbus Regional Hospital spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue says the hospital monitors supply and demand, and works to determine where nursing students might best fit in the system.

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Columbus Regional Hospital
4/25/2017

The San Francisco Bay area experienced strong employment growth in March, adding 12,000 jobs including 900 health care positions in the Alameda County-Contra Costa County area and 1,100 in Santa Clara County. Bank of the West Chief Economist Scott Anderson said this level of job growth, if it continues, will pressure employers to raise wages.

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Scott Anderson
4/25/2017

The oldest-ever fungus-like fossils, about 2.4 billion years old, have been found in South African bedrock, according to findings published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The fossils predate other specimens by about 2 billion years.

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4/25/2017

A robust, hairy bacteria has been found colonizing the seafloor after the eruption of the Tagoro volcano near the Canary Islands. Researchers have called the bacteria "Venus' hair" because of its long, white filaments, and DNA analysis revealed that it was able to thrive in that harsh environment where other microbes can't survive due to an array of metabolic functions, according to a study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

4/25/2017

Caterpillars that dine on beeswax can also digest plastic and could be used to help eliminate the massive amount of plastic waste created around the world, a study in Current Biology suggests. The caterpillars are the larvae of the Galleria mellonella moth and can eat through a plastic bag in less than an hour, researchers say.

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BBC
4/25/2017

Last year's magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand is still causing concern for scientists. The November temblor triggered slow movement deep in the Earth's crust that is still going on, and researchers say that so-called slow slip increases the risk of another big earthquake.

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