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2/23/2018

Technology students at two Connecticut high schools are constructing prosthetic hands for children and adults worldwide using a 3D printer. Students say they are making a difference while developing their manufacturing skills.

2/23/2018

High-school students in California met this week with representatives from manufacturing companies and other businesses during a "Made in the High Desert" event. "We have 3,000 kids and collectively 1,000 job opportunities that are available right here in the High Desert and surrounding communities," First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said.

2/23/2018

Thousands of eighth-grade students from Alabama, Florida and Georgia attended the recent Southeast Worlds of Work event, where they received hands-on experience in different career fields. The event focused on the need for skilled workers, including in health care and construction.

2/23/2018

Lowe's will unveil an employee education program dubbed "Track to the Trades" at stores in four cities on March 1, with plans to roll it out nationwide. The program, designed to recruit and retain top talent in a shrinking labor pool, will offer financial assistance to employees who want to train in trades including plumbing, electrical and appliance repair.

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2/23/2018

Cameras placed in Nigeria's Gashaka Gumti National Park have captured images of rare and threatened animals, including an African golden cat, a giant pangolin and the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, considered the rarest chimp subspecies. The chimp and other endangered species that live in the park are being threatened by poachers as well as loss of habitat.

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2/23/2018

Organoids grown in a lab from cancer patients' cells may help doctors discover the best treatment to slow the cancer and potentially extend patients' lives, a study published in Science suggests. "Nobody has ever compared how these organoids taken from the patient behave in the lab compared with how the patient responds in the clinic," said study co-author Nicola Valeri.

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2/23/2018

Dust may be overtaking the Phoenix lander that NASA sent to Mars almost 10 years ago. A recent image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera shows changes in the landscape since an earlier image of the lander was taken, even though the lander is still visible in the newest image.

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2/23/2018

A cache of fossils over 200 million years old from the Triassic period has been found on land that used to be part of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument. "If this site can be fully excavated, it is likely that we will find many other intact specimens, and quite possibly even new vertebrate species," said Robert Gay, who reported the find at the annual meeting of the Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists.

2/23/2018

An experiment in Alaska near Denali National Park and Preserve looks to mimic future permafrost conditions to see how much carbon may be released as temperatures rise in the state. Researchers are artificially warming plots of tundra and measuring how much carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere.

2/23/2018

Patients exposed to general anesthesia during surgery may experience slight memory problems later on, a new study published in the journal Anaesthesia suggests. Researchers compared 312 people who had had surgery under general anesthesia with 652 people who hadn't been exposed to anesthesia and found that those exposed had small memory impairments in the four years after their surgeries.

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