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1/17/2020

The Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation and the Manufacturers Association of Maine announced their intention to award about $100,000 to students and employers for skilled trades and manufacturing in the state. Plans call for about 100 scholarships to be offered to students and instructors.

1/17/2020

Wolf puppies spontaneously chased and returned balls thrown by strangers, suggesting that playful behavior may have been present in the wolves' and dogs' common ancestors when dogs were first domesticated, about 15,000 years ago. "[I]f variation in human-directed play behavior exists in wolves, this behavior could have been a potential target for early selective pressures exerted during dog domestication," said Christina Hansen Wheat, author of the study published in iScience.

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1/17/2020

The meteorite that struck Earth about 66 million years ago was likely the driving factor behind the extinction of the dinosaurs rather than extreme volcanic activity, according to a study published in Science. Researchers examined deep sediments in the North Atlantic to create global temperature data and found that temperatures around the world at the time of the extinction were lower than if volcanoes had been a primary factor.

1/17/2020

High-schoolers in New Jersey are learning about career pathways available to them through a new program -- Passion and Purpose through Technical Occupations -- hosted by Pass It Along, in partnership with Sussex Community College. Kurt Walton, executive director of fundraising and finance for Pass It Along, says the initiative is aimed at helping students find their purpose.

1/17/2020

Ice, depressions and dark troughs reflecting strong storms are visible in a new image captured by the Mars Express space probe's High Resolution Stereo Camera, or HRSC. "The strength of HRSC is to perform high resolution digital terrain models of the martian surface in order to provide topographic context for the geoscientific evaluation of surface processes in space and time," says researcher Ralf Jaumann.

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1/17/2020

A high school in Rhode Island recently received a $48,329 grant "to equip a materials processing lab." The funds are expected to be used to purchase wood equipment and tools for two new manufacturing courses the school is offering next year.

1/16/2020

A health care system in Tennessee, CHI Memorial, is partnering with a high school to establish a career academy program. The new program will be part of the district's Future Ready Institutes and help to prepare students for in-demand careers in the health care field.

1/16/2020

Researchers have identified four pathways of biological aging after following 43 adults for two years and noting molecular changes over that period. The so-called ageotypes the participants fell into were immune, kidney, liver and metabolic, according to findings published in Nature Medicine, and these ageotypes may explain why people age differently, scientists say.

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1/16/2020

Neanderthals could swim, and also dove for live clams to gather the shells for making tools, according to findings published in PLOS ONE. The tools, which came from the clam species Callista chione, were found in a cave in Italy and date back about 100,000 years.

1/16/2020

Dozens of students from the Alexandria Technical and Community College mechatronics program recently visited Aagard, a manufacturer in Minnesota, where they learned hands-on lessons. Aagard and its strategic partner routinely support career and technical programs in the area to promote careers in manufacturing.