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5/22/2017

Students at a New York technical high school are working on a prosthesis for a dog that lost a leg after being hit by a car. The dog, one of three animals being helped by the students, recently visited the school for a test fitting with the prosthetic limb designed and built by students using 3D-printed parts and other materials.

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New York
5/22/2017

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is awarding $17 million to 19 cities over the next five years to help boost summer jobs programs. The nationwide initiative strives to offer young people work experience and technical skills.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co.
5/22/2017

A Washington high school offers a video-production class where students can use industry-grade tools to produce commercials, content for public-access channels and entries for film festivals. The class has sparked a passion for the film industry for several students who this year are finalists in a silent film competition.

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Washington high school
5/22/2017

Educational games powered by artificial intelligence are one of the main drivers behind an expected growth of 47.5% through 2021 for AI in education, according to an analysis. Experts say schools can best prepare by implementing new policies and guidelines to establish how students will use AI-driven materials.

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AI, artificial intelligence
5/22/2017

Students who complete a bachelor's degree can save money by starting their studies at a community college and later transferring to a four-year institution, according to a paper from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. Even with the loss of some credits, the data show students saved money going this route.

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Inside Higher Ed
5/22/2017

Brian Rookstool, a medical technologist, now teaches biomedical technology and other career and technical education programs that relate to the health industry. Rookstool says he was inspired to pursue a teaching career after working with student interns in the workplace.

5/22/2017

A Wisconsin fire department has transformed a fire station into a training facility that can be used by Gateway Technical College. The college intends to use the facility for its fire medic program, which is set to launch in this fall.

5/22/2017

A call has gone out to astronomers to turn their telescopes toward KIC 8462852, or Boyajian's star, which has entered a dimming cycle. The star's erratic dimming has perplexed scientists and has made studying it difficult, so researchers have turned to colleagues to take time out from their own studies to focus on the star to try to figure out what's causing the dimming.

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Space
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5/22/2017

A new image of the young star Fomalhaut shows it surrounded by a glowing outer ring of gas and icy material likely caused by collisions of exocomets, according to findings published on arXiv.org. Scientists think what's happening to Fomalhaut is similar to what happened to our own solar system in its early days.

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Fomalhaut, solar system
5/22/2017

Scientists created a transparent wing case made of nail-art resin to see how ladybugs fold their wings, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The bugs' wings are large, but they collapse inside the wing case in a process similar to origami, researchers say.

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National Public Radio