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9/20/2017

Fourth- and fifth-grade students in a Mississippi school are learning the coding language JavaScript. Teacher Connie Hollins says the students' ideas often lead the learning as they use their imaginations, play games and control robots by structuring algorithms.

9/20/2017

The Strong Workforce Program in California invests $200 million annually in career education programs that provide training in welding, mechanics and other vocations. Fifteen colleges are part of the regional consortium, which has worked to expand career training.

9/20/2017

The biggest change in commuting trends is reflected in the number of people who work from home, according to a US Census Bureau report. More than 2.7 million additional people worked from home in 2016, avoiding the 26.6 minutes of average commuting time nationally that increased from 25.1 the previous decade.

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9/20/2017

A newly launched nonprofit is offering hands-on, in-classroom programming and data to teacher-preparation programs to increase the number of minority teachers. Founded by Cassandra Herring, a former dean at Hampton University, the organization is partnering with colleges and universities that serve nonwhite students to promote teaching as a career.

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9/20/2017

A high-school senior in Maryland is a junior member at his local fire company and plans to pursue a career as a professional firefighter. Austen Carey attends classes at the county's technical high school and trains at the Public Service Academy.

9/20/2017

Twenty-six students are enrolled in a recently launched welding program in a Missouri school district. The program provides training and the opportunity to earn a certificate in welding.

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9/20/2017

California State University faculty members are seeking a one-year delay on the implementation of new rules for remedial education and math requirements. University administrators say there are no plans to change course.

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EdSource
9/20/2017

Researchers utilizing a deep-web deciphering tool have figured out what an unusual letter written by a nun who claimed to have been possessed by the devil in 1676 says. The 14-line missive, which contains symbols as well as letters, was written by Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione and described the members of the Holy Trinity as "dead weights."

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LiveScience
9/20/2017

Aerosols emanating from cargo ships are likely behind extra lightning activity occurring along active shipping routes, according to findings published in Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers, who looked at lightning data between 2005 and 2016, ruled out other factors such as wind speeds and temperatures and found that particles from the aerosols acted as cloud seeds, leading to more intense thunderstorms in those areas.

9/20/2017

The ancient Greeks appear to have built temples and other important buildings near earthquake faults, according to findings published in Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. "The ancient Greeks placed great value on hot springs unlocked by earthquakes," said study author Iain Stewart.

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