Efforts to assess students' readiness for college and career often overlook career-related skills, some educators and researchers suggest. While some states have adopted vocational assessments, David Conley, director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon, asserts that officials largely are unsure about how best to assess career skills.
Massive cyclones have been spotted near Jupiter's north and south poles, and the gas giant's auroras differ greatly from those of Earth, according to findings gathered by the Juno spacecraft in its first close swings by Jupiter's poles. "Discoveries about its core, composition, magnetosphere, and poles are as stunning as the photographs the mission is generating," said Scott Bolton, an author on a pair studies about the mission published in Science.
Dehydrated minerals buried deep beneath the ocean may have contributed to the severity of 2004's magnitude 9.2 earthquake and massive tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people, devastated Sumatra and surrounding island communities, a study published in Science suggests. Researchers drilled deep into the ocean floor near Sumatra to extract sediment samples that gave them a snapshot of the chemical transformations of minerals that could have influenced the strength of the quake.
Between 872 and 873, the Vikings spent their winters at a massive camp in England on the River Trent near Torksey in Lincolnshire, according to a description of the camp published in The Antiquaries Journal. Researchers have put together a virtual-reality re-creation of the camp for visitors to the Yorkshire Museum.
This could be a big year for hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There could be 11 to 17 named storms, with as many as nine hurricanes, along the East Coast in an above-average season, the NOAA forecasters suggest.
Princeton University researchers published a study in Current Biology showing that vocal development in marmoset monkeys, a species that primarily relies on vocalizations for communication, parallels pre-linguistic development human infants. As with humans, the marmoset infants that received consistent vocal feedback developed calls that resembled adult vocalizations more quickly than marmoset infants that did not get as much feedback.
A little-studied brain region called zona incerta may play a role in eating behavior, according to a study published in Science. Mice began to eat uncontrollably when cells in their zona incerta regions were stimulated by a blue light, researchers say.
The Canadian government has awarded nearly $2.5 million to the Telus World of Science in Edmonton to help it renovate its planetarium and space gallery. The renovations are part of a massive $29.7 million expansion of the science center.
High-school students in Indiana recently built doghouses for a nearby animal shelter. The effort is part of a yearly construction project undertaken by students enrolled in the Agriculture Power, Structures and Technology class, which taught students woodworking skills and the benefits of giving back to the community.
Community-college students are taking welding courses in Iowa to prepare for careers in advanced manufacturing. That is a booming industry in Iowa, where officials have set goals to increase the ranks of skilled workers in the state.
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