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4/26/2018

Two students from a technical high school in Pennsylvania recently won the Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology competition. The students won scholarship money and prizes, as well as the opportunity to compete in the national contest.

4/26/2018

Students in an Alabama community will have an opportunity to enroll in career and technical education courses and participate in dual-enrollment programs at a new Pickens County College and Career Center. About 350 students are taking classes at the center daily.

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4/26/2018

High-schoolers in Wisconsin are getting hands-on experience and preparing for future careers in agriculture by working in an on-campus barn. The students, enrolled in an animal science course, say they plan to have a large presence at the upcoming state fair.

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WITI-TV (Milwaukee)
4/26/2018

Westmoreland County Community College is preparing to offer a free, microcredential training program in manufacturing. The program is intended to help prepare students for entry-level jobs in manufacturing.

4/26/2018

Scientists are studying the latest data from the Gaia satellite, launched by the European Space Agency in 2013 to chart the Milky Way's stars with great accuracy, in search of new discoveries about the galaxy. This is the second set of data received from Gaia, following a data dump in 2016, and it contains observations on 1.3 billion stars.

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4/26/2018

Researchers say they haven't been able to reproduce the results of a 2015 study about a pair of neurons driving worms' ability to sense magnetic fields, according to findings published in eLife. The original study's authors, however, defended their results in a response also published in eLife.

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The Scientist online
4/26/2018

Sea-level rise coupled with wave-driven floods will make many of the world's atolls uninhabitable by the middle of this century, according to findings published in Science Advances. Researchers running models under various climate-change scenarios say the combination will harm low-lying islands' infrastructure and freshwater aquifers.

4/26/2018

Ancient footprints uncovered in New Mexico reveal how humans tracked giant sloths during the last ice age, according to a study published in Science Advances. "The story that we can read from the tracks is that the humans were stalking; following in the footsteps, precisely in the footsteps of the sloth," said study co-author Matthew Bennett.

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4/26/2018

A carved wooden idol found in a peat bog in Russia in the late 1800s is older than previously thought, according to a new analysis. The human-shaped Shigir Idol is around 11,500 years old, likely carved right after the end of the last ice age, according to findings published in Antiquity.

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LiveScience
4/26/2018

The remains of dozens of people massacred about 1,500 years ago have been found at the site of an ancient fort on the Swedish island of Oland. The skeletons show signs of decapitation and blunt force trauma, according to findings published in Antiquity.

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BBC
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