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1/18/2018

The bones of chameleons emit a glow that can be seen through their skin, particularly around the head and face. "That animals use this phenomenon to fluoresce themselves has surprised us and was previously completely unknown," said Frank Glaw, co-author of the study published online in Scientific Reports.

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LiveScience
1/18/2018

Environmental factors likely played a role in the mass die-off of saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan's Betpak-Dala region, according to findings published in Science Advances. In 2015, over 200,000 antelopes, accounting for most of the worldwide population, died due to a bacterial infection that was likely caused by changing environmental conditions such as higher humidity and temperatures, researchers say.

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BBC
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Kazakhstan
1/18/2018

Researchers used a new technique known as DEScan to find changes in chromatin accessibility in genomic regions of mouse brains associated with learning, according to findings published in Science Signaling. Researchers hope the study could one day help people on the autism spectrum who have learning disabilities.

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The Scientist online
1/18/2018

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Data Science has been awarded $5.5 million by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to develop an artificial intelligence-driven collection of research studies. The university's Computable Knowledge project aims to use knowledge representation and reasoning to create a map of scientific knowledge that will allow researchers to find possible connections between new and historical studies.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, AI
1/17/2018

Using quests in project-based lessons gives students more choice, which helps boost engagement, writes professor of technology, innovation and pedagogy Matthew Farber. In this blog post, he shares approaches -- and tools -- to support quests in learning.

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Edutopia online
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Matthew Farber
1/17/2018

A class of middle-school students in Washington is building math, engineering and collaboration skills by drawing designs for a new school. The students are working on budgets, classroom design and other elements of the project ahead of a local election to approve funding for building new schools in their district.

1/17/2018

About 62% of college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math fields are confident they'll find a job after graduation, compared with 28% of liberal arts students, a study finds. In addition, approximately 57% of students who spoke with faculty or advisers about job prospects felt confident about finding jobs, the data show.

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Inside Higher Ed
1/17/2018

A Massachusetts community college has created a certification program for students with learning disabilities to teach them office, computer and business skills. Students in the program spend three days each week in the classroom and two days in internship programs.

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Wicked Local
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1/17/2018

Students at an Ohio high school enrolled in anatomy, math and art studies learned about the heart from a cardiac doctor this week. Officials say the lessons were intended to teach students about careers in health care.

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Ohio school
1/17/2018

A high school in Connecticut plans to add 11 additional Advanced Placement courses over the next three years. The courses were selected based on feedback from students who were asked to rank 22 potential courses.

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Advanced Placement, AP