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Science Education and the Economy

A report has found "little improvement" in elementary and secondary science education in the United States since 2005, and that that is adversely affecting the economy, according to USA Today. The "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" report found that math and science education in the US ranks 48th in the world. Employers, then, are looking elsewhere for qualified workers. "The real point is that we have to have a well-educated workforce to create opportunities for young people," the National Academy of Engineering Charles Vest tells USA Today. "Otherwise, we don't have a chance."

HT: PZ Myers at Pharyngula

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.