• Science

    A new particle accelerator aims at unexplored atomic territory

    Inscribed on an Italian family’s 15th century coat of arms and decorating an ancient Japanese shrine, the Borromean rings are symbolically potent. Remove one ring from the trio of linked circles and the other two fall apart. It’s only when all three are entwined that the structure holds. The rings have represented the concepts of unity, the Christian Holy Trinity and even certain exotic atomic nuclei. A rare variety, or isotope, of lithium has a nucleus that is made of three conjoined parts. Lithium-11’s nucleus is separated into a main cluster of protons and neutrons flanked by two neutrons, which form a halo around the core. Remove any one piece…

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  • Online School

    Geneva Area City Schools teachers to strike over district’s online learning curriculum

    GENEVA, Ohio (WOIO) – Geneva Area City School teachers will be on strike starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The Geneva Area Teachers Association put out a statement stating they will be on strike because they don’t want to continue teaching in-person and online classes at the same time. “I support them 100%, I support them but I hope it’s short-lived,” said Brittany Breedlove. Breedlove has four kids in Geneva Area City Schools. She said while a strike isn’t ideal, she gets why the teachers want kids back in the classrooms full time. “If they’re going to give both options, I believe they should have separate teachers for the online versus…

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  • Education

    Pandemic gives us opportunity to transform education

    American schools are in crisis – addled by pandemic shutdowns and growing controversies over curriculum, masks and vaccines. Many students suffered severe learning loss, and others fret for their health and safety on campus. Worse, well before coronavirus took hold, too many students were ill-served by our K-12 school system. As John F. Kennedy said in 1959 of the challenges facing the nation, crisis represents both danger and opportunity. So too does this moment of peril afford – and truly require – us to treat the problem as a chance to transform our schools. If we take the moment of danger seriously, and implement real change, the disruption and damage done over…

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  • Jobs

    Employers added 531,000 jobs in October as labor market bounces back : NPR

    A man fills out an application at a booth at the Employers Only Long Island Food, Beverage and Hospitality Job Fair on Oct. 19 in Melville, N.Y. Employers added 531,000 jobs in October, marking a recovery after two months of weaker job growth. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images A man fills out an application at a booth at the Employers Only Long Island Food, Beverage and Hospitality Job Fair on Oct. 19 in Melville, N.Y. Employers added 531,000 jobs in October, marking a recovery after two months of weaker job growth. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images A strong…

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  • Science

    How an oyster builds a perfectly round pearl

    For centuries, researchers have puzzled over how oysters grow stunningly symmetrical, perfectly round pearls around irregularly shaped grains of sand or bits of debris. Now a team has shown that oysters, mussels and other mollusks use a complex process to grow the gems that follows mathematical rules seen throughout nature. Pearls are formed when an irritant gets trapped inside a mollusk, and the animal protects itself by building smooth layers of mineral and protein — together called nacre — around it. Each new layer of nacre built over this asymmetrical center adapts precisely to the ones preceding it, smoothing out irregularities to result in a round pearl, according to an…

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  • Exchange Student

    GMC Prep hosts international exchange student | News

    Busto Arsizio, Italy is more than 5,000 miles away from Milledgeville, Ga. but it’s where Federico Tartaro calls home. Tartaro is an International Student Exchange program participant. The 17-year-old student is currently attending GMC Prep School for his American senior year of high school, living with a local host family in Milledgeville.  “I desired to travel to the United States for a while, knowing as an exchange student, it would be a fantastic opportunity to gain new experiences and insight into the life of an American high school student and family,” said Tartaro.  Tartaro made his way to the U.S. through a partnership with his home country’s exchange agency and…

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  • Online School

    Frisco ISD to offer hybrid and online high school options next year

    Frisco ISD announced Monday that starting in 2022, students can earn high school credit through two new approved paths: a full-time online option or a hybrid system through the FISD+ program. According to a statement, the district had been advocating in Austin for virtual learning options to meet the changing needs of Frisco students. “This is something we have been working on for years, and we are thankful that Senate Bill 15 has propelled us forward in this journey,” FISD Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip said. “We are always looking for ways to evolve while expanding opportunities for our students and staff. “FISD+ provides a fresh and innovative approach to empower…

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