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If We Had a Hammer

In response to a commenter on his blog, Chad Orzel outlines what he would do to improve science education. The solution, he says, is to have the best possible teachers, though that comes with difficulties of its own. The best and brightest students are squirreled away into university and often don't think teaching is a respected career path to follow -- plus, teaching jobs are not competitive financially. He suggests encouraging science students to be teachers, increasing teacher pay, finding ways to better handle disruptive students, and having uniform standards. " We ought to have uniform science standards on a national level, set by scientists and based on the latest understanding of science, and get rid of the absurd patchwork of state and local curricula that we have now, which cripples the effective teaching of science," Orzel writes.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.