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Careers: How video games are becoming more appreciated

Since their inception, video games have been dismissed as a lesser form of entertainment compared to film and television. But the video game industry has grown rapidly, and the 2015 Global Games Market report estimated the industry to be worth $91.5 billion. As a result, video game development has become a popular and profitable occupation.

Scientists synthesize the shortest-known genome necessary for life

Chipping away at the genome of a tiny parasitic bacteria, genetic-sequencing trailblazer J. Craig Venter and colleagues say they’ve synthesized the shortest-known genome known to support life. This man-made set of genetic instructions contains only 473 genes, breaking the record held by the bacteria Mycoplasma genitalium, which with 525 genes contains the shortest-known genome found in nature.

Top educator agrees: FAFSA needs to change

One of the biggest obstacles for parents with college-going children is filling out the FAFSA, the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form asks more than a hundred detailed questions about a family’s income in order to measure whether a student should be eligible for aid. But it’s so complicated that it’s seen by many educators as a barrier for low-income and first-generation students who want to go to college.