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Continuing Education - Life Sciences - 03.02.2015
One good turn: birds swap energy-sapping lead role
Migrating birds 'share the pain' of the arduous task of leading a v-formation, so that they can then take turns saving energy by following in another bird's wake, a new study shows. The research, by an international team led by Oxford University scientists, is the first convincing evidence for 'turn taking' reciprocal cooperative behaviour in birds.

Earth Sciences - Continuing Education - 10.09.2014
Thick-skinned dinosaur gets the last laugh
Thick-skinned dinosaur gets the last laugh
In life, Tyrannosaurus rex usually got the best of the less fearsome duck-billed dinosaurs, or hadrosaurs: T. rex ate them. But in death, the plant-eating hadrosaurs have proved more resilient than their carnivorous predators - and apparently all other dinosaurs - at least by the measure of their skin.

Earth Sciences - Continuing Education - 11.08.2014
Rise of the dinosaurs
Rise of the dinosaurs
The Jurassic and Cretaceous periods were the golden age of dinosaurs, during which the prehistoric giants roamed the Earth for nearly 135 million years. Paleontologists have unearthed numerous fossils from these periods, suggesting that dinosaurs were abundant throughout the world. But where and when dinosaurs first came into existence has been difficult to ascertain.

Physics - Continuing Education - 24.04.2014
Walking improves creativity
Walking improves creativity
Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking. Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known for his walking meetings.

Astronomy / Space Science - Continuing Education - 07.01.2014
Tiny (but ultra bright) quartet of ancient galaxies takes astronomers by surprise
Combining the power of two major NASA space telescopes, astronomers have found four young, exceptionally bright galaxies rich in emerging stars at a time when the universe was only 500 million years old. The tiny galaxies - captured early in the universe's formation - are about 10 to 20 times more luminous than anything previously seen and about one-twentieth the size of the Milky Way, Earth's more mature home galaxy.

Continuing Education - 11.12.2013
Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don’t
MIT neuroscientists find even high-performing schools don't influence their students' abstract reasoning. To evaluate school quality, states require students to take standardized tests; in many cases, passing those tests is necessary to receive a high-school diploma. These high-stakes tests have also been shown to predict students' future educational attainment and adult employment and income.

Health - Continuing Education - 19.11.2013
Testing the test - new study sheds light on medical school admissions
A clinical aptitude test originally pioneered by The University of Nottingham has been proven to be a significant predictor of performance in medical students. The UKCAT was launched in 2006 in response to a need to widen access to medical education and provide a supplementary assessment in the context of so-called A level grade inflation.

Continuing Education - Pedagogy - 13.11.2013
For 2-year-olds, touch screens may trump TV
New research shows that for children under 2 1/2 years old, interactive screens such as those on smartphones and tablet computers may be better teaching tools than educational television. Photo: iStock Photo Smartphones and tablets may be better learning tools for toddlers younger than 2 1/2 years old than "Sesame Street" and other educational TV programs, according to a researcher in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology.

Continuing Education - 31.10.2013
How kids cope with change: New findings on adaptability
31 October 2013 Adaptable young people are more likely to participate in class, enjoy school more, and have higher self-esteem, a unique Australian-first study into adaptability suggests. In a comprehensive analysis of 969 high school students from nine Australian secondary schools, researchers from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney found that adaptability - the ability to adjust to new and changing situations and conditions - is essential for young people's wellbeing.

Astronomy / Space Science - Continuing Education - 21.10.2013
UC San Diego Researchers Advance Explanation for Star Formation
Projected density images resembling the inner structure of molecular clouds controlled by the turbulence that breaks the cloud into fragments, providing initial conditions for star formation. Simulation done using Kraken abnd Nautilus supercomputers at NICS.

Art and Design - Continuing Education - 27.09.2013
Involvement in the arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people
27 September 2013 A joint study by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australian Council for the Arts has found that engagement in the arts benefits students not just in the classroom, but also in life. Students who are involved in the arts have higher school motivation, engagement in class, self-esteem, and life satisfaction, researchers discovered.

Continuing Education - Psychology - 24.09.2013
School starting age: the evidence
Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Here, one of the signatories, Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest.

Social Sciences - Continuing Education - 20.06.2013
The College of Social Work endorses Manchester’s social work degrees
20 Jun 2013 The University of Manchester's social work degree programmes have become one of the first five higher education institutions (HEIs) to be endorsed by the College of Social Work. The College of Social Work has launched the endorsement scheme for higher education institutions aimed at providing a kite mark of quality to qualifying social work degree programmes.

Life Sciences - Continuing Education - 30.05.2013
Novel genetic associations with educational attainment
A worldwide consortium of researchers including academics from the University of Bristol has found that tiny differences across person's genetic sequences are associated with educational level. Philipp Koellinger from the Erasmus School of Economics explained: "The unique feature of our study is that we looked at a sample of unprecedented size in social science genetics research.

Astronomy / Space Science - Continuing Education - 03.05.2013
Extreme Star Formation Reveals a Fleeting Phase of Galactic Evolution
Astronomers have spotted a galaxy that is igniting new stars faster than ever seen before. Measurements from several instruments show that gas in this galaxy is condensing to form stars close to the maximum rate thought possible. Infrared light pours from the galaxy, just a tiny red dot in this wide-angle view of the sky captured by WISE.

Continuing Education - Electroengineering - 11.04.2013
From cloud formation to liquid foundation: new soft matter model developed
From cloud formation to liquid foundation: new soft matter model developed
Imperial researchers develop model to more accurately describe the motion of soft matter particles. Chemical engineers and mathematicians from Imperial College London have put their heads together to create a new model that more accurately describes the motion of soft matter particles. Ben Goddard, a research associate who works with Professor Serafim Kalliadasis in the Department of Chemical Engineering, sat down to talk about soft matter materials, such as paints and sponges, and how their model can be applied in fields ranging from nanotechnology to environmental science.

Continuing Education - Pedagogy - 09.04.2013
Teach science through argument, Stanford professor says
Teach science through argument, Stanford professor says
Teaching students how to argue based on available evidence engages them in the scientific process and provides a better idea of how science actually works. The challenge is training teachers. Earth orbits the sun. Microorganisms cause infectious disease. Plants use carbon dioxide to grow. Most of us know these scientific truths from our earliest school days.

Mechanical Engineering - Continuing Education - 21.03.2013
Preschoolers can discern good sources of information from bad
Preschoolers can discern good sources of information from bad
Young children are not like sponges just soaking up information. They can actively evaluate what people know and go to the "experts" for information they want, reports a Cornell study published in a special issue of Developmental Psychology (Vol. 49:3). Children, the researchers say, are "natural scientists" who gather and assess evidence from the world around them.

Continuing Education - Electroengineering - 26.02.2013
Vehicle crash research helps to uncover truth in Schirmer murder case
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. When former Pennsylvania pastor Arthur Schirmer was convicted in January of murder in the 2008 death of his second wife, a Penn State vehicle crash expert's analysis had helped sort out the facts of the story. Schirmer, a former pastor from Reeders, in northeast Pennsylvania, had claimed that he was driving his wife to the emergency room for treatment of jaw pain when he swerved to avoid a deer and hit a guide rail.

Health - Continuing Education - 20.02.2013
UCLA life scientists identify drug that could aid treatment of anxiety disorders
The drug scopolamine has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including nausea and motion sickness. A new study by UCLA life scientists suggests that it may also be useful in treating anxiety disorders. Researchers found that the drug can help boost the effectiveness of a common treatment for anxiety disorders known as exposure therapy.