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7/17/2018

Scott Stump, President Donald Trump's nominee for assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education, was confirmed Monday by the US Senate. Stump, an executive at learning services firm Vivayic, is expected to play a role in the consideration of updates to the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

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Inside Higher Ed
7/16/2018

Middle- and high-school students in a New Mexico district are enrolled in a six-week intensive summer program aimed at improving their academic achievement and helping them prepare for college. Breakthrough Santa Fe, which is in its 15th year as part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, allows students to take advanced lessons and receive tutoring.

7/16/2018

Project Lead the Way, a project-based curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math, is releasing technology-based questions that aim to measure skills such as collaboration and general problem-solving. The questions are designed to test students on their academics in real-world scenarios.

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EdSurge
7/16/2018

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will invest $13.6 million to continue 20 workforce-training programs supported by the state's high schools, two-year colleges, technical schools and industry. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the programs have met short-term goals and are working toward longer-term goals, including employment outcomes and wage progression.

7/16/2018

When teachers are able to overcome their own anxieties about math, their students' performance in the subject improves, according to a study from researchers at Stanford University. The study shows that students whose teachers who took a three-year online math course improved their standardized scores by eight points.

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7/16/2018

A tomb complex containing a number of artifacts, including a mummy mask made of silver and trimmed in gold, has been uncovered in Saqqara, Egypt. The complex contains mummies, sarcophagi and what archaeologists believe is a mummification workshop, with some items dating back about 2,500 years.

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LiveScience
7/16/2018

A farmer in L'Isle-en-Dodon, France, found the skull of a rare Pyrenean mastodon on his land a few years ago but kept the find to himself until 2017, when he contacted the Natural History Museum of Toulouse. Paleontologists say the Gomphotherium pyrenaicum mastodon, which had four tusks, lived between 11 million and 13 million years ago.

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LiveScience
7/16/2018

The MeerKAT radio telescope has made its debut in South Africa by releasing an image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Two projects are already underway at the facility, which uses 64 dishes to survey the radio sky: One studies transients and another looks at galaxies' hydrogen abundance.

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Nature (free content)
7/16/2018

A henge that could be up to 4,500 years old has been found in the Boyne Valley of Ireland near the site of Newgrange. A drone photographed the circular shape that had been covered by crops but was made visible by a drought.

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National Public Radio
7/16/2018

Researchers have found a noninvasive and reversible way to control neural circuits in the brain of a mouse, which could lead to new ways to administer treatments for brain diseases, according to findings published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. "By using sound waves and known genetic techniques, we can, for the first time, noninvasively control specific brain regions and cell types as well as the timing of when neurons are switched on or off," said Mikhail Shapiro, study co-author.

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The Scientist online