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 A Conversation With: Texas Scientist With a Thing for Longhorns
David M. Hillis, an evolutionary biologist, has employed genetics, biochemistry and computation to figure out how those horns got so long.









 The Learning Network: Friendly Reminder: We?re On Partial Hiatus Until Aug. 3
For the next four weeks, we?ll be working busily behind the scenes, tweaking old features and inventing new ones, to get ready for the 2015-16 school year.









 A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West
Some experts worry that medical researchers are stepping over established ethical boundaries in Beijing?s effort to lift its scientific standing.









 Vocations: The College Recruiter: Nakia Letang: Inspiring by Example
Ms. Letang educates parents and prospective students about the college and admissions process at Fairfield University.









 Beverly Hills to boot non-district K-8 pupils
After more than four hours of emotional and sometimes contentious debate, the Beverly Hills Unified School District approved a controversial proposal Tuesday to boot out more than 400 out-of-district students.

 ?At hope? kids better than ?at risk??

Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma, is sponsoring a bill this session that would replace references to low-income children such as "disadvantaged," and "at-risk" with a more-positive term, "at hope." Decades ago, poor children became known as "disadvantaged." Then they were "at-risk." Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one: "at hope."


 Hawaii legislators seek to lengthen school year
Stuck with the nation's shortest school year, Hawaii lawmakers will consider proposals for longer and more school days when this year's legislative session opens Wednesday.

 Loophole frees mentally ill youth offenders

In this undated file photo provided by Jan Henry, her husband Todd Henry is shown playing a guitar in Tyler, Texas. Todd Henry, a special education teacher, was fatally stabbed by a student at the school.Recent slaying cases highlight the complexities of a 1997 law meant to keep mentally ill juveniles from being held in detention centers where they can't get proper treatment.


 Children's early help 'cut by half'
Government funding of early intervention programmes for children and young people's services has been cut by 1.8bn over five years, say children's charities.

 BBC unveils final Micro Bit design
The BBC's forthcoming mini-computer gains features absent in an earlier prototype, but is also to be more bulky when used as a standalone device.

 Call for global school emergency fund
Millions of youngsters caught up in conflict and disasters should not lose their chance of an education, says Gordon Brown.

 Study reveals school segregation
A study of ethnic "segregation" in schools in England shows that most ethnic minority pupils enter schools where ethnic minority pupils are a majority.