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2/22/2018

A high school in Illinois is working to prepare students for jobs at Amazon, if Chicago is chosen as the location for the company's second headquarters. The school has doubled the size of its manufacturing and engineering lab, in part, because of Amazon's use of robots.

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2/22/2018

Several dozen high-school students in a Georgia district recently got hands-on job experience during the sixth annual "Students in Business Day" program. Participating students learned what it would be like to work in career fields such as health care, welding and communications.

2/22/2018

Students enrolled in a Florida high school's culinary program open an on-campus restaurant called NEHI Bistro to the public one day each week. Students also opened the restaurant to the community following Hurricane Irma.

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Students in a Massachusetts school district will have a facility dedicated to preparing them for careers in dental, medical assisting and health assisting. The dental assistant program will be a new addition when the facility opens in the fall.

2/22/2018

More high-school students are enrolling in North Central Kansas Technical College's pharmacy technician program. High-schoolers who enroll work toward a certificate of completion, which they can use to pursue college or a career.

2/22/2018

More than 400 large cities throughout the world are located in 36 biodiversity hot spots. In many cases, their continued expansion could threaten natural habitats, research suggests.

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2/22/2018

The Washington Post has attempted to pinpoint some of the most isolated towns in the US using data from the Malaria Atlas Project. The paper calculates that it would take residents of Glasgow, Mont., 4.5 hours of travel time to reach the nearest metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people.

2/22/2018

LiDAR scanning technology has helped researchers determine that the ancient western Mexico city of Angamuco once had 40,000 building foundations, about as many as present-day Manhattan. The 10-square-mile city was built by the Purepecha, who were rivals to the Aztecs, and once had 100,000 residents.

2/22/2018

Sensors in the North Atlantic Ocean are allowing researchers a closer look at how currents operate in that region. The sensors could eventually help answer long-standing questions about what powers the currents, said Susan Lozier, an oceanographer at Duke University.

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2/22/2018

Ancient cave drawings may be linked to the development of language, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. "Our research suggests that the cognitive mechanisms necessary for the development of cave and rock art are likely to be analogous to those employed in the expression of the symbolic thinking required for language," said study author Cora Lesure.

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