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8/2/2021

A group of rising fifth- through rising ninth-grade students recently learned a variety of skills during an Aquaman-themed challenge at an Oklahoma summer camp, including hydrodynamics and buoyancy. The students were tasked with using various supplies -- such as balloons, plastic spoons, rubber bands, plastic and Styrofoam cups -- to create a submarine-like vessel to transport a plastic figure through a bin filled with water without the vessel sinking or the figure getting wet.

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Tulsa World (Okla.)
8/2/2021

A Washington state school district is partnering with Lower Columbia College this school year to offer high-school juniors and seniors a new career and technical education course in the industrial trades. Melissa Boudreau, the district's career and technical education director, says the course will help to prepare students for careers in their community.

8/2/2021

Drummers in western Africa can make their instruments, called dunduns, mimic the tonal language of southwest Nigeria, called Yoruba, according to findings reported in Frontiers in Communication. The drums, which resemble large hourglasses, are part of a musical-oral tradition and scientists identified 30 instances in which the drum sounds very closely matched vocalizations.

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8/2/2021

When Leonel Ramirez began his culinary education in high school he lacked even basic cooking skills. In this commentary, the now college student shares how his culinary education shaped his views of himself and his career.

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Chalkbeat
8/2/2021

Researchers at Washington State University have been tapped to lead efforts through the USDA-NIFA Institute for Agricultural AI for Transforming Workforce and Decision Support to determine how artificial intelligence technology can support farming. This federally funded research includes addressing challenges, such as weather, water supply and labor.

8/2/2021

Airlines are stepping up pilot recruiting efforts and have launched programs that help pay for training and even take new recruits all the way through the process of earning their wings.

8/2/2021

Astronomers have detected two large and very red objects in the asteroid belt that they say resemble objects from the outer solar system and describe them in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Researchers think 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia found their way into the asteroid belt in the early days of the solar system after having formed in the Kuiper Belt.

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Gizmodo
8/2/2021

Having a high testosterone level may not be linked to higher rates of success in either sports or socioeconomic status, a study in Science Advances suggests. Researchers used Mendelian randomization to find links between socioeconomic status and testosterone in 306,248 people sampled from the UK Biobank, finding very little, if any, correlation.

8/2/2021

Humans that lived outside of Africa around 1.8 million years ago may have had company in the form of ancient wild hunting dogs, a study in Scientific Reports suggests. Researchers found the remains of a now-extinct dog species that dates back to the same time period, suggesting they may have interacted with humans.

8/2/2021

Some anole lizard species can stay underwater for close to 20 minutes by creating an air-filled bubble on their snouts and breathing in their exhaled air, according to findings reported in Current Biology. Scientists think the lizards can keep the oxygen in the bubble from being depleted by slowing their metabolism so they don't need as much oxygen while the bubble may be putting carbon dioxide into the water then reabsorbing oxygen.

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