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8/16/2018

Partial vision has been restored in blind mice after they were given two gene injections that transformed non-neuronal cells known as Muller glia into rod photoreceptors, according to a study published in Nature.

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8/16/2018

Pesticides created as a safer alternative to those harmful to bees may be just as dangerous for the insects and affect their reproduction, a study published in Nature suggests. "Our study highlights that stressors that do not directly kill bees can still have damaging effects further down the line," said Ellouise Leadbeater of Royal Holloway, University of London.

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BBC
8/16/2018

Iron and titanium have been detected in the atmosphere of a superhot exoplanet about 620 light-years from Earth. The extreme heat of KELT-9b helped researchers pinpoint the elements' presence, according to findings published in Nature.

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Space
8/16/2018

The missing stern of World War II destroyer USS Abner Read, blown off in 1943, has been found near Alaska's Aleutian Islands. "We could clearly see the broken stern, the gun and rudder control, all consistent with the historical documents," said Eric Terrill, who led the search.

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LiveScience
8/16/2018

The NSW Medical Devices Fund in New South Wales, Australia, has awarded over $800,000 to University of Sydney and University of Wollongong researchers to advance a device that treats corneal injuries. The iFix BioPen is a handheld 3D printer that uses a special ink to fill in and seal eye wounds.

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3Ders (Netherlands)
8/16/2018

Drug company Pain Therapeutics has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the NIH to go toward research on PTI-125, a new drug candidate for Alzheimer's disease.

8/15/2018

Pioneer High School and Sharyland High School in Texas are offering students a 40-hour course to help them earn certification to pilot a drone. Students in this portion of the career and technical education program will then study the rest of the year how drones are used in damage assessments and search and rescue operations.

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Pioneer High School
8/15/2018

The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.

8/15/2018

There is no single "right" science, technology, engineering and math lesson, but an ideal lesson incorporates components to solving a real-world problem and getting hands on, educator and author Anne Jolly writes in this blog post. She describes the 11 components of a good STEM lesson and offers links to resources and sample lessons.

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8/15/2018

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. are giving a $500,000 in-kind donation to an Akron, Ohio, school district to expand its science, technology, engineering and math programs. The money will be used to buy teaching materials and construction improvements, and the Cavaliers also pledge support with speakers, presentations and field trips.