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Archive for September, 2011

Pending Home Sales Down A Touch

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Pending U.S. home sales fell in August for the second consecutive month after two months of gains, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The Pending Home Sales Index, measuring contracts that will likely close in October, fell 1.2 percent to 88.6, the trade group said. Region by region, the […]

Gambler Sues Casino Over Losses

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 29 (UPI) — A gambler allegedly down $1.3 million to a Las Vegas casino is suing the casino, Wynn Las Vegas, for allowing him to lose more than $250,000, court paper say. Konstantin Zoggolis from Germany is suing under the premise that he had a prior agreement with Wynn Las Vegas to […]

Governments Try To Calculate ‘Happiness’

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Several governments say they are considering developing a way to calculate psychological well-being of citizens, a researcher in Britain says. Charles Seaford, head of the Center for Well-being at the New Economics Foundation in London, said psychologists see happiness as “good functioning” or the meeting of psychological needs, an approach […]

Potatoes Are The Cheapest Source Of Potassium

SEATTLE, Sept. 28 (UPI) — White potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of potassium per serving of any vegetable or fruit, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Adam Drewnowski and colleagues at the University of Washington — in a study funded by the industry group the U.S. Potato Board — merged nutrient composition data from […]

Study: Internet Addiction Definition Passe

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The hours and hours many teens spend on the Internet daily can contribute to their healthy development, an Israeli researcher says. Moshe Israelashvili of Tel Aviv University, graduate student Taejin Kim and colleague Dr. Gabriel Bukobza studied 278 teens, male and female, from schools throughout Israel. The researchers […]

Study: Non-Parental Childcare Not Harmful

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 29 (UPI) — There is no evidence that early childcare or preschool is harmful for most children, researchers in Norway say. Synnve Schjolberg, a specialist in clinical psychology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said preschool children in Norway attend different types of childcare arrangements but most attend kindergarten. The report […]

Half In Battered Women’s Shelters Are Kids

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) — More than half of the residents of U.S. battered women’s shelters are children, researchers in Minnesota say. Jeffrey Edleson, professor of social work at the University of Minnesota, said an online training program aims to elevate children’s voices, so service providers may better understand and respond to the children and […]

Another Satellite To Fall In November

BERLIN, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Another dead, drifting satellite will fall to Earth in November, following the U.S. satellite that showered pieces over the Pacific Ocean Saturday, experts say. Officials at the German Aerospace Center say a decommissioned X-ray space observatory should enter the atmosphere sometime in early November, but exactly when and where debris […]

Gold Can Make Glass More Transparent

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — British researchers say they’ve discovered a way to make glass even more transparent by coating it in a thin layer of gold. Scientists are King’s College London say the thin gold layer allows more light to be transmitted through the glass at more angles while reducing the amount that is […]

Image Of Dying ‘Hypergiant’ Star Captured

MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 28 (UPI) — European astronomers have released a new image of a hypergiant star, a monster star with a diameter a thousand times bigger than the sun. At about 13,000 light years from Earth, it is the closest yellow hypergiant yet observed and new data show it shines about 500,000 times more […]

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