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12/15/2017

Students enrolled in a culinary arts program at a Missouri high school created gingerbread houses that are being included in a Christmas display at Kansas City's Union Station. Students in this article showcase their gingerbread creations and share why they enrolled in the program.

12/15/2017

Students enrolled in a culinary arts program at a Texas high school are working out of a newly installed professional-style kitchen, part of the school's new dedicated Career and Technical Education wing. Officials say the school's facilities will allow more students to enroll in CTE programs.

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12/15/2017

Indiana State Board of Education has approved a requirement that students complete a project, work or service-based learning experience and demonstrate college- and career-readiness to graduate from high school. Officials at one high school say their decision to continue to offer career and technical education courses several years ago puts them on track to meet those standards.

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12/15/2017

Central Community College-Columbus in Nebraska has launched a pilot program aimed at introducing more high-school students to mechatronics. Students enrolled in principles of technology, physics and science research classes have spent time working with equipment in the college's lab.

12/15/2017

Virginia lawmakers are considering establishing quality standards for dual-enrollment courses. Lawmakers say the goal would be to establish uniform standards that would allow dual-enrollment credits to be accepted at any of the state's four-year public universities.

12/15/2017

A new DNA map of Ireland published in Scientific Reports contains unexpected revelations about influences on the country's populations since the Bronze Age. Among the findings is evidence that at some point, the Vikings and the people of Ireland intermixed.

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12/15/2017

A star system more than 2,500 light-years away has the same number of planets as Earth's solar system, and they appear to be ordered in a similar way as well, according to observations by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Google engineers helped make the discovery using machine learning to find some of the star system's planets.

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12/15/2017

A rare map dating back to 1593 offers clues about Spanish explorers and the indigenous peoples of the early Americas. The map, which is available to view on the Library of Congress website, is called the Codex Quetzalecatzin and details the lineage of a family known as "de Leon" and their property holdings.

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12/15/2017

The Australian government has committed nearly $10 million to a new research program targeting chemical substances known as PFAS that are contaminating the environment. The PFAS Remediation Research Program will look for new ways to correct soil, groundwater and other areas where PFAS contamination is found.

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12/15/2017

Drones and satellites have helped researchers find and map remote archaeological sites in Afghanistan that can't be studied on location, according to findings presented at a recent American Schools of Oriental Research meeting. Among the sites discovered so far are large mudbrick waystations known as caravanserai, which housed travelers along the Silk Road in the 17th century.

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