Two rovers from Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe have landed on the asteroid Ryugu, beaming back their first images as they reached the object's surface, then hopped from place to place. Hayabusa2 is slated to deploy two more rovers.
Having a diverse mix of trees may help forests withstand the effects of drought, a study published in Nature suggests. Researchers examined trees' water-management capabilities in 40 forests worldwide, finding that those with a diverse mix of species were more resilient during drought.
The University of Nevada at Reno has received a $5 million grant from the USDA for a snowpack study. The university will lead a collaboration with the Desert Research Institute, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University to study the relationship between the agriculture industry and mountain snowpack.
The National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have awarded a $6.9 million grant to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to study red tides. "Being able to understand and predict blooms is one objective, as well as being able to predict where and how serious it will be," said lead researcher John Stegeman.
About 40 girls in Alaska got a taste of science, technology, engineering and math through a daylong event called Introduce a Girl to Engineering, held by ExxonMobil and Girls Scouts of Alaska. Girls explored the sciences through stations that included hands-on tasks, such as building a tower with balloons and tape.
Four Texas middle schools are receiving free iPads and wireless data plans for every student and teacher, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, to enhance science, technology, engineering and math learning in their schools. The devices and service will help remove learning barriers, such as a lack of home internet access, for some students, said principal Carol Velasquez.
New college students were more likely to be enrolled in credit-bearing courses when several factors were considered, according to a study of thousands of students enrolled in seven New York community colleges. Colleges that participated in the study considered traditional placement exams, as well as grade point average, the time elapsed between the student's graduation and college enrollment and, in some cases, state test scores.
Typically antisocial octopuses become more friendly with other octopuses when under the influence of MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug ecstasy, according to findings published in Current Biology. The octopuses' response is similar to that of humans, suggesting the basis for the behavior may have evolved in a shared ancestor over 500 million years ago.
Students at an Arkansas high school are gaining experience that they can use for their future careers. The school's CASS program allows students hands-on learning in manufacturing, welding and health care, and the school hopes to add IT in the future.
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing is upgrading its simulation labs and creating high-fidelity simulation spaces, including a birthing suite, operating room and a home health setting. Researcher Kelly Rossler has been testing a virtual-reality system to allow nurses to realistically work with patients and equipment.