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7/21/2017

LinkedIn's "Search Appearances" feature allows users to see how many people are finding them via LinkedIn searches, which can help them optimize their accounts, writes John Nemo. In addition, users can monitor their All-Star status to see what aspects of their profile still need to be improved.

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7/21/2017

A resolution introduced in Congress this week is aimed at helping more students enter into cybersecurity careers. Among other things, the resolution promotes "ethical hacking" -- in which people "hack" into computer networks to test for potential vulnerabilities so safeguards can be put in place.

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7/21/2017

A solar array and electric vehicle charging station are to be installed on a high-school campus in Maine. Officials involved with the project say one of the goals is to interest students in careers in renewable energy.

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7/21/2017

A community college in Colorado is working to fill a need for more trained land surveyors in the area through a new land surveying and geomatics program. The program -- expected to launch in the fall -- will, among other things, teach the latest technology in the field.

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7/21/2017

Bob Simpson, the retired president of Cypress College in California, says community colleges are vital to the economic health of the country and college presidents must advocate for funding and policies that help students graduate. Leaders, he says, must embrace diversity to boost both the success of the institution and students when they enter the workforce.

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7/21/2017

Cows' immune systems show an extraordinary ability to neutralize HIV and may help researchers develop a vaccine for humans, according to findings published in Nature. Scientists say cows' unique digestive system may play a role in their ability to produce broadly neutralizing antibodies in response to HIV in just a few weeks.

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7/21/2017

After a long search, a new species of sunfish has been found in New Zealand. The massive hoodwinker sunfish, or Mola tecta, can weigh over 2 tons, or about 1.8 metric tons, and has a slimmer shape and lacks the lumps and snout displayed by other sunfish species, according to findings published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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7/21/2017

Male elephant seals can distinguish the rhythmic calls of other male elephant seals, a study published in Current Biology suggests. The vocal recognition plays a vital role within the elephant seal colony, helping the massive creatures distinguish between dominant males and subordinate ones to avoid a possibly fatal confrontation, researchers say.

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BBC
7/21/2017

Elon Musk says SpaceX is no longer planning to develop a Dragon spacecraft with a powered landing system due to certification issues and because the company is rethinking what might be the best way to land a spacecraft on Mars, a long-term goal for SpaceX. In a tweet after his talk at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference, the SpaceX CEO clarified that the company still planned to do powered Mars landings, "but with a vastly bigger ship."

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7/21/2017

Majorana fermion particles have been detected in a superconductor layered with a topological insulator, according to findings published in Science. The particles detected are chiral, which means they travel in a single direction along a 2D layer's edge.

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