High-school students in Oregon recently constructed 10 Little Free Libraries to provide access to books for people in the communities around Salem, Stayton and Sublimity. Culinary students also baked cookies for the projects' grand opening events.
The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.
Chroococcidiopsis thermalis, a type of cyanobacteria, can thrive in extreme environments and low-light conditions and could potentially help future colonizers on Mars by driving photosynthesis. "Photosynthesis could theoretically be harnessed with these types of organisms to create air for humans to breathe on Mars," said Elmars Krausz, co-author of a study on the cyanobacteria published in Science.
Leaf-cutting ants in Central America hurry back to their nests when they sense that rain is coming, a study published in Insectes Sociaux suggests. This allows them to stay dry and get their leaves back to the nests before they become wet and significantly heavier.
Rats paralyzed by spinal cord injury were able to regain use of their front paws following gene therapy, a study shows. "We also found a dramatic increase in activity in the spinal cord of the rats, suggesting that new connections had been made in the networks of nerve cells," said researcher Emily Burnside.
Construction is underway on the High-Luminosity upgrade to CERN's Large Hadron Collider and is expected to be completed by 2026. "We will increase by a factor of 10 the number of collisions produced by the LHC -- which is a lot," said project leader Lucio Rossi.
To find a 100-million-year-old tick encased in amber is rare, but to find the tick within also wrapped up in spider silk was a first for researchers. "It's really just an interesting little story -- a piece of frozen behavior and an interaction between two organisms," said Paul Selden, co-author of a study on the find published online in Cretaceous Research.
Gravitational waves detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory may have been produced by colliding wormholes instead of black holes, according to findings published in Physical Review D.
The John Innes Centre is among four UK agricultural research centers that will share about $7 million in government funding to create new technologies to help crop growers. The John Innes Centre will receive $1.72 million to study ways to improve crops including peas.
Students at an Oregon high school have formed a nonprofit organization that prepares meals for people in their community who are homeless. Students involved in CardsCook have served about 27,000 meals since 2016 to people who are 25 or younger and now say they are focused on more large-scale solutions to addressing homelessness.
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