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4/20/2018

A Maryland school district plans to introduce a career and technology education program focused on interactive media. The course is expected to be introduced next year, and ultimately students would complete capstone projects to help them create a portfolio of their work.

4/20/2018

Students at a Kansas middle school can receive a work ethic certificate by earning points for attendance, academic growth, self-discipline and participation in school activities and community service. The goal of the certification program is to help students learn soft skills, principal Jama Bennett said.

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4/20/2018

Montez King, who leads the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, recently toured career and technical education programs in Nebraska. During the visit, he said the success of the schools there should be showcased nationwide.

4/20/2018

Students at Jackson State Community College are preparing for careers as advanced maintenance technicians in manufacturing through the school's co-op program. The program aims to prepare students to graduate in two years ready for the workforce or to continue their education.

4/20/2018

The fossil of an ancient ancestor of modern baleen whales has been found in New Zealand. The toothless Toipahautea waitaki is a newly discovered species that lived 27.5 million years ago, according to findings published in Royal Society Open Science.

4/20/2018

The wreckage of an advanced-for-the-time German submarine hit by a British air assault in the closing days of World War II has been discovered in the depths of the North Sea 73 years after it sunk there. The Nazi Type XXI U-boat was capable of moving quickly and silently while staying submerged for several days.

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4/20/2018

Researchers have captured footage of active cells in motion within living creatures thanks to a new imaging technique, according to findings published in Science. The high-resolution, 3D videos were produced using lattice light sheet scanning technology combined with adaptive optics.

4/20/2018

A new species of exploding ant has been found in Borneo and is described in ZooKeys. Female worker ants in the Colobopsis explodens species sacrifice themselves to protect their colonies from threats by rupturing a part of their abdomens and releasing a toxic substance that covers their adversaries.

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4/20/2018

The Bajau people of Southeast Asia have developed larger spleens that give them improved endurance underwater when free diving, according to findings published in Cell. "This is a fascinating example of how humans can, in a relatively short amount of time, adapt to a local environment," said Rasmus Nielsen, co-author of the study.

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4/20/2018

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has awarded a $2 million grant to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Researchers will use the funds to develop new treatments for breast cancer.