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Chronic absenteeism rates fell 8 percentage points among schools in Nevada and Colorado that adopted the ‘Breakfast after the Bell’ program. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism

Chronic absenteeism is a pressing issue in high-poverty schools, but research suggests that serving students breakfast during class can help keep kids in school.
Tyrannosaurus rex spanned all of ancient North America, and about 20,000 lived at once. 1Ado123/Wikimedia Commons

How many Tyrannosaurus rex walked the Earth?

Using the incredible wealth of fossil data and a modern ecological theory, researchers estimated population density for the extinct apex predator.
Nikki Luman works part-time for a public library in Sycamore, Ohio. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

143,518 US public library workers are keeping their communities informed, connected and engaged – but their jobs may be at risk

During economic downturns, local governments tend to cut spending on libraries, even as the need for their services grows.
The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain. Sarah DeGenova Ackerman

Astrocyte cells in the fruit fly brain are an on-off switch that controls when neurons can change and grow

Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
While professional sports franchises have become more socially conscious, LGBTQ fans and players aren’t exactly embraced with open arms. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Sports remain hostile territory for LGBTQ Americans

Half of LGBTQ participants in a recent study experienced discrimination, insults, bullying or abuse while playing, watching or talking about sports.
This skull, found in France, was among the first fossils to be recognized as belonging to our own species. DEA /G. Cigolini via Getty Images

How did humans evolve, and will we evolve more?

Our biggest evolutionary advantages are an ability to walk on two legs and our big brains.
Project-based learning gets kids to explore natural phenomena and solve real-world problems. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Project-based learning deepens science knowledge for 3rd graders in Michigan

Students who took part in the program scored 8% higher on the state science test than students who received traditional instruction, and demonstrated greater social and emotional learning.

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