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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Kristen Andersen

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Collaborative study aims to decode high STEM dropout rate

A recent report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology projects a shortfall of one million college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the next decade. Approximately five to six of every 10 students that begin in a STEM major will switch majors to a non-STEM field before graduation.

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Mercury: why ‘mad hatters’ were so mad

In a stuffy milliner’s workshop in Danbury, Conn., a hat maker brushed a solution of mercury nitrate over a set of rabbit furs. This was the first step of several that the hatmaker would perform to transform the furs into the stiff felt hats in fashion in the late 18th century. As he worked, the milliner breathed in vapors from the muggy air.

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