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MDOT site aims to aid STEM education


The Mississippi Department of Transportation has launched a new website to bolster STEM education in state schools. The science, technology, engineering and math website is designed to get more students interested in transportation industry careers, particularly civil engineering. MDOT said the website is part of its ongoing push to provide more educational opportunities to Mississippi’s students so they can better ...

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NASA spaceman back from record year flight; gives thumbs up

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. reacts after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft landed with Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos. Kelly and Kornienko are completing an International Space Station record year-long mission to collect valuable data on the effect of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars. Volkov is returning after six months on the station. (Krill Kudryavtsev/Pool photo via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in barren Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space station journey. Their Soyuz capsule parachuted onto the central Asian steppes and ended a science-rich mission at the International Space Station that began last March and was ...

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Mississippi vaccine requirements could be eased under bill


JACKSON — A bill that would let physicians exempt children from Mississippi’s vaccination requirements is advancing in the state House. A split Education Committee voted Tuesday to push House Bill 938 (http://bit.ly/1S02JWj) to the full chamber for more debate. Rep. Mark Formby, a Picayune Republican, says the state should honor physicians’ wishes. Under current law, the state Health Department must ...

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US Geological Survey: 3.2 earthquake in Madison Co.


JACKSON — A small earthquake shook Madison County, Mississippi, on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the third quake in the area in the past two months. The 3.2-magnitude quake occurred at 8:23 a.m. Monday, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center. The epicenter was about 4 miles southwest of Canton and 19 miles north-northeast ...

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GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing ...

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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes ...

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Research on dogs could lead to better understanding of human cancer

STARKVILLE — A research team at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to better understand cancer in dogs, and the work also could advance knowledge of human cancer. Their investigation began with only a tiny blood platelet, but quickly they discovered opportunities for growth and expanding the breadth of the research. “We have a lot to gain ...

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Ford Foundation gives to UM for new science building

OXFORD and JACKSON — The University of Mississippi is adding a new science building, and has gotten a boost from a $20-million lead gift from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation of Jackson. The facility will be a significant addition to “Science Row” along the section between University Avenue and All American Drive. It comes on the heels of the construction ...

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MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Stoneville. “If ...

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Stennis Space Center honors workers

The NASA Honor Awards have been presented. In addition to presenting awards, Stennis Space Center Director Rick Gilbrech, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, received NASA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for outstanding leadership qualities in promoting diversity and inclusion at Stennis. Three Stennis employees received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. The recipients are: Beth Bradley of Slidell, Louisiana, chief of the Center ...

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