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4 teachers receive presidential award for math, science

Oct. 20, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Four New Hampshire teachers have been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They are Bryan Smith, who teaches fourth grade at Bethlehem Elementary School; Gregory Snoke, who teaches sixth grade at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy in...

Mural to honor University of Michigan's first black student

Oct. 19, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit artist is working with University of Michigan students to create a mural depicting the school's first black student. Artist Tylonn Sawyer and the students want to honor Samuel Watson, a doctor who attended the Michigan's medical school in the 1850s. University researchers...

The Latest: Nobel winner thought message was scam at first

Oct. 14, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prize in economics (all times local): 1 a.m. Tuesday Michael Kremer was worried the Skype message was a scam. It appeared to be from a friend in Sweden and said the person needed to speak with the Harvard economist "urgently." That's when Kremer realized he'd been...

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit Banerjee...

Nobel prize honors breakthroughs on lithium-ion batteries

Oct. 9, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. The batteries power cellphones, laptops, electric cars and countless other devices of modern life, and could become...

The Latest: Nobel winner hopes for more breakthroughs

Oct. 9, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Nobel chemistry prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham says he hopes the award for work on lithium-ion batteries will "push the field further and faster." The 77-year-old British-American chemistry professor at the...

'Big Bang Theory' gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement

Oct. 8, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Life imitated art Tuesday when "The Big Bang Theory" — the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began — entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year's Nobel in physics began with a nod to an...

New Mexico university gets second $5M energy grid grant

Sep. 24, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A team of researchers at New Mexico State University has received a second $5 million award from the National Science Foundation to continue with smart grid research. The grant was awarded through the foundation's Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology. The work...

US awards $3M to fill gaps in medical marijuana research

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds of less...