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2/25/2021

Career and technical education students in a Tennessee district have opportunities to engage in internships within the school system. In one case, two student interns replaced a full-time mechanic's assistant position in the district's school bus shop.

2/25/2021

A Michigan high school is preparing to offer a powersports technology class, which will offer students hands-on training on small engines, including boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles and lawn equipment. Director of Career and Technical Education in the district, Jim Rummer, said there is high demand for professionals to work on that type of equipment.

2/25/2021

Black students are making gains in higher education, but wide disparities still remain between Black students and their white peers, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity. The report outlines several recommendations to help address inequities.

2/25/2021

Marion Technical College in Ohio plans to launch a smart manufacturing program in the fall, including an associate degree and two certificates. The program is aimed at preparing students for careers in an in-demand field.

2/25/2021

Researchers examined the hand fossils of Ardipithecus ramidus, an early human ancestor that lived more than 4 million years ago, and found that it shared a lot of characteristics with chimpanzees, according to findings published in Science Advances. The finger bones were long and curved, which many primates use for branch swinging and tree climbing, say researchers who contend the being's "suspensory adaptations" prove this ancestor did too.

2/25/2021

Astronomers have created a massive catalog of binary stars in our galaxy, with about 1.3 million pairs not that far from Earth, according to findings published in share the details in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The catalog was created using data from the Gaia space observatory.

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Universe Today
2/25/2021

New measurements suggest that an imbalance between down antiquarks and up antiquarks within a proton is greater than previously believed, according to findings published in Nature. In new tests, physicists found that there are more down antiquarks than there are up antiquarks.

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Science News
2/25/2021

The Black Panther Party's use of cartography -- an example of a practice known as counter-mapping -- was part of the group's efforts to push for change in the experience of Black Americans, write Derek Alderman, a University of Tennessee geography professor, and Joshua Inwood, an associate professor of geography at Penn State. In this article, they highlight several efforts in which Black Americans have used cartography throughout the decades to call attention to injustices.

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The Conversation
2/25/2021

An analysis of urbanization's effects found that the weight of buildings in densely built cities can contribute to them sinking -- a phenomenon that occurs at the same time that sea levels are rising. Tom Parsons of the US Geological Survey studied data for buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area to quantify the extent of the phenomenon.

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Bloomberg
2/25/2021

Evolving regional fire patterns that appear to be linked to human-caused factors are increasingly shifting more wildfires to forests and away from grasslands, according to this analysis. "This trend is not yet visible everywhere, but it is likely to become more apparent in other parts of the world," says Niels Andela of Cardiff University.