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4/24/2018

Data about the region's workforce laid the foundation for Kentucky's iLEAD program -- a career and technical education program shared by five counties. The program uses a blended-learning platform that includes online coursework to help prepare students for high-wage, in-demand jobs.

4/24/2018

Newer galaxies look flatter than their older and rounder counterparts, a study published in Nature Astronomy suggests. The stars in younger galaxies tend to be ordered, giving them a sleek appearance, but the stars in older galaxies move more erratically, making those galaxies appear blob-like, researchers say.

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4/24/2018

A DNA structure called i-motif has been found to exist within living human cells and may be involved in gene regulation, according to findings published in Nature Chemistry. "Before this, it was kind of an academic idea that DNA could [fold like this], but it wasn't known at all what it meant for biology," said Marcel Dinger, the study's senior author.

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4/24/2018

A gas that smells like rotten eggs has been found in the atmosphere of Uranus, according to findings published in Nature Astronomy. The Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer in Hawaii's Gemini North telescope detected the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the planet's cloud deck.

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4/24/2018

Unexpected holes have been spotted in the ice of the Arctic's Beaufort Sea by Operation IceBridge researchers, who are surveying the area to chart changes over the years. Scientists say the holes could be linked to the warmer conditions and may have been caused by seals making breathing holes.

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4/24/2018

The state of Hawaii has set aside $300,000 in its budget for a University of Hawaii at Hilo study of rat lungworm disease. The recurring funding will support research into elimination and prevention of the disease, which can cause brain and spinal cord damage.

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4/24/2018

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded an $11.2 million grant to Kentucky's University of Louisville for disease research. Research will focus on how inflammation may be connected to viruses and bacteria.

4/24/2018

Two high-school students are being credited for a manufacturing breakthrough at a Georgia company. The students, apprentices at Micromeritics, conducted new research on the effects of flow rate on temperature in catalytic reactions.

4/24/2018

Students in a Minnesota school district organized a recent job fair attended by teenagers. There, students met with representatives from about 20 companies.

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4/24/2018

High-school students in Iowa attended a recent job fair to meet with representatives from the building trades. Wade Weber, the welding instructor at Rock Island High School, says there is a shortage of skilled workers.