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5/18/2018

High-school students in Idaho are learning more about their career options after high school through the Foundation for Indigenous Education, Leadership Development, and Sustainability -- FIELDS -- program. Doyle Anderson, president and CEO of FIELDS, says that students learn a combination of hard and soft skills.

5/18/2018

Two hot spots where endangered whale sharks have been congregating in large numbers have been identified off Madagascar, giving marine biologists hope for the species. "Madagascar clearly provides an important seasonal habitat for these young whale sharks, so we need to ensure they are effectively protected in the country," said Stella Diamant, leader of the study on the find published in Endangered Species Research.

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5/18/2018

Moon dust exposure is dangerous for astronauts' health, according to findings published in GeoHealth. Researchers created simulated moon dust and mixed it with lab-grown human lung and mouse brain cells, which showed signs of damage after 24 hours.

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LiveScience
5/18/2018

A tiny flying robot called RoboFly uses laser light and an onboard circuit to power its flight and free it from the lines connected to batteries that powered its predecessors. Details on the untethered flying robot will be presented next week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

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LiveScience
5/18/2018

Ancient Chinese farmers spread south into Southeast Asia, bringing rice farming and new languages to the region around 4,000 years ago, a new DNA study published in Science suggests. Analysis of 4,000-year-old skeletons indicates the migrating farmers mated with hunter-gatherers in Southeast Asia, supporting archaeological evidence of the migration.

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5/18/2018

Nanoparticles typically used to treat cancer in humans could be used to deliver nutrients to malnourished plants, according to findings published online in Scientific Reports. Crops are better able to absorb fertilizing nutrients delivered by liposomes than from traditional nutrient spray, researchers say.

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5/18/2018

Canadian researchers found that babies whose mothers received anti-tumor necrosis factor treatment for rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy didn't have an increased likelihood of developing serious infections, compared with those whose mothers had RA but didn't take anti-TNFs and those whose mothers didn't have RA. The findings were published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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5/18/2018

UK company In-Space Missions and immersive content studio Rewind have joined together to create real-time virtual reality experiences for people unable to be space tourists. The venture has received $3.37 million and will launch the first of several satellites that will capture views of Earth to be broadcast to users' VR goggles.

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5/18/2018

The UK government has provided $14.4 million to a pair of research projects focused on cutting back the formation of ice on aerospace engines and creating systems to cool off cabins. Rolls-Royce and the Aerospace Technology Institute are leading the research.

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5/18/2018

Students enrolled in apprenticeship and school-to-work programs at a Virginia high school participated in a recent signing ceremony to celebrate their new jobs. Thirteen students who were part of the event signed letters of intent to accept job offers after high school.