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6/19/2018

Goodwin College in Connecticut is seeking to get middle-school students interested in careers in manufacturing using an advanced manufacturing mobile lab. The classroom on wheels, filled with high-tech equipment, makes stops at schools and at manufacturing companies.

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6/19/2018

Maryland is preparing to roll out a statewide youth apprenticeship program after a successful pilot in two school districts. The Apprenticeship Maryland Program will allow high-school students to earn workplace credentials while in school.

6/19/2018

Middle-school students in a Minnesota district recently participated in a weeklong camp that introduced them to careers in the transportation industry. The camp included a race of remote-controlled, nitro-fueled cars.

6/19/2018

Data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite have been used to determine that an exchange of material is responsible for the dimming of the Epsilon Aurigae star, a phenomenon discovered almost 200 years ago. "The F-star is boiling off, [and] the companion is grabbing material, producing a big dusty disk," says Robert Stencel, an astronomer at the University of Denver.

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6/19/2018

The thick air on Venus may be pushing against mountains and accelerating the planet's rotation by 2 minutes per Venus day, says a study in Nature Geoscience. Venus is "utterly alien" due to its thick and toxic atmosphere, says study co-author Thomas Navarro.

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6/19/2018

Summit, a supercomputer capable of doing 200 quadrillion calculations a second, has been developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Summit tops the world's previous fastest computer, Sunway TaihuLight in China, which is capable of 93 quadrillion calculations per second.

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LiveScience
6/19/2018

An amulet inscribed with a personal prayer was discovered in Jerusalem Walls National Park under the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David, the largest excavation site in Jerusalem. The object, intended to provide its owner with blessings, was found under plaster flooring in a small room and inscribed with an Islamic prayer in calligraphy indicative of the Abbasid dynasty.

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6/19/2018

DNA has been extracted from the fossil of a panda's jaw, leading to the discovery of a new lineage of giant panda that lived 22,000 years ago, per a paper in Current Biology.

6/19/2018

Two professors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham are among nine in the US to receive three-year, $100,000 grants to research lupus. The Alabama researchers are focusing, respectively, on studying the immune system's B cells, which produce self-damaging antibodies in lupus patients, and on ridding the body of certain T cells.

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6/18/2018

High-school students in Oregon recently constructed 10 Little Free Libraries to provide access to books for people in the communities around Salem, Stayton and Sublimity. Culinary students also baked cookies for the projects' grand opening events.