A Virginia school district held its first "Career and Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day" celebrating high-school students who have jobs and careers waiting for them after graduation. The signing ceremony was modeled after similar ceremonies for student-athletes who sign letters of intent when they select a college.
Human-caused climate change is transforming the Arctic, with the most concerning change being the loss of the sea ice cover, says geographer and sea ice expert Mark Serreze. "What's happening over the past four winters with these heat waves, I have never seen anything like it in my life," says Serreze, who discusses the environmental and geopolitical implications of warming.
A Florida high school recently celebrated the first students to graduate from an early-college program. Under the program, students graduate from the advanced manufacturing and engineering program in two years and then enroll in college, where they will complete internships.
Agriculture students in a North Dakota school district are learning in a new space that includes a greenhouse workspace. Agriculture education teacher Pete Martin says he believes the new space -- part of a $450,000 investment -- has helped attract new students to the program.
High-school students in a Virginia district are earning industry certifications through their school's graphics imaging program. Students in the program learn all aspects of the business and put their skills to use by producing about 5,000 coloring books that are donated to area hospitals and groups.
High-school students in Washington state are gaining first-hand experience through apprenticeships as part of the state's Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee program. Manufacturers say the program is a key part of their plans to identify and recruit skilled workers.
Carteret Community College is partnering with NC Works Career Center and eight local boat manufacturing companies to train students for jobs in the industry. Under the program, students will be guaranteed a job interview after completing the courses.
A string of significant climate changes during the Carnian Pluvial Episode of the Triassic Period led to global mass extinctions that may have spurred the rise of dinosaurs, according to findings published in Nature Communications. "The extinction didn't just clear the way for the age of the dinosaurs, but also for the origins of many modern groups, including lizards, crocodiles, turtles and mammals -- key land animals today," said study co-author Mike Benton.
A significant amount of coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been damaged by the effects of higher ocean temperatures during marine heatwaves, findings published in Nature suggest. A study of the warmer Red Sea, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is examining how algae may be protecting coral there from the stress caused by higher temperatures.