The flightless bird known as the great auk rapidly disappeared in the mid-1800s thanks to humans hunting them, according to a DNA analysis published in eLife. "[T]here was no reason for them to go extinct if they hadn't been hunted," says study author Jessica Thomas.
The first batch of data received from NASA's Parker Solar Probe has revealed unusual features in the sun's magnetic field that may help explain the speed of solar wind, according to a pair of studies published in Nature. "There are all of these kinks and switchbacks propagating out from the sun, which is very surprising and unexpected," said researcher Jasper Halekas, an author of one of the studies.
A DNA analysis of devil worms, published in Nature Communications, is helping researchers better understand how they endure extreme temperatures. The nematode has extra copies of a pair of genes that relate to heat and cell survival, researchers say.
Five different solar energy studies at the Electric Power Research Institute have received a total of $10.7 million from the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office. The projects all focus on some bolstering the reliability and resilience of solar generation.
High-school students in a North Carolina district recently met with professionals as part of an event to mark National Career Development Month. The professionals spoke about their training and how they entered their fields.
A Kentucky school district is expanding its agriculture education program to middle schools -- feeding into the high-school program and FFA. Students enrolled in the program will study food science, forestry, floral design, where their food comes from and other topics.
A growing number of two-year community colleges offer bachelor's degrees, according to Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington in Seattle. However, states' rules around such arrangements vary, with some states allowing the degrees to be conferred only at certain institutions or in certain fields of study, researchers noted.
A Kansas community college's welding program is so popular, there typically is a waiting list to enroll. The program is aimed at preparing students for careers in the welding field, and they are held accountable for things like attendance and punctuality.
Kansas State University professors Nathaniel Birkhead and Audrey Joslin, along with colleagues at other institutions, are working on creating an online open-source data hub containing information on a wide range of topics. The database could make it easier to view and compare state data on water quality, education, and more.
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