The results of a national exam show that very few students have the necessary skills or knowledge to pursue careers in science and technology, reports Christine Armario of the the Associated Press. On the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, only 1 percent of fourth graders and 12th graders and 2 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest group, Armario says.

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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.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

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