Mike the Mad Biologists say that while US student do poorly in math and science at the national level, some local areas do better than European or Asian countries. He particularly focuses on Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New Hampshire and says that what they have in common are low rates of poverty and divorce, as well as high incomes, an educated adult population, and good public health departments.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

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