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Archive for August, 2012

GE Aviation Supports Marine Surveillance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (UPI) –  A $9 million contract to support surveillance sensors used by the U.S. Marine Corps has been given to GE Aviation. Covered under the contract is the Marines’ Ground-Based Operation Surveillance System for short- and long-range day/night surveillance “beyond the fence” in all terrain and weather conditions. The contract is administered […]

Training Needed To Prevent ACL Injuries

DALLAS, (UPI) –  It’s crucial heading into fall sports for athletes to reduce their chances of suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a U.S. expert says. Sports-medicine specialist Dr. Katherine Coyner, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said such injuries are even more common among female athletes than […]

Why Children Of Smokers Are Sicker

PHILADELPHIA,  (UPI) –  Secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants and may explain why children of smokers are sicker, U.S. researchers say. Julie Mennella and Paul Wise, both of the Monell Center in Philadelphia, said 60 percent of U.S. children ages 3-11 years and 18 million youth ages 12-19 years were exposed to tobacco […]

Kids Age 3 Detect If Sympathy Is Deserved

LEIPZIG, Germany, (UPI) –  Children as young as age 3 apparently can detect the difference between whining and when someone truly deserves sympathy, German researchers say. Lead author Robert Hepach of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said the study involved 48 children ages 36-39 months. The researchers recorded reactions of […]

Spacecraft On Lookout For Ice On The Moon

BOSTON, (UPI) –  U.S. scientists say NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows ice patches could make up 5 percent to 10 percent of material in the shaded walls of a crater. Using a radar instrument on the orbiter, astronomers have estimated the amount of ice likely to be found inside the permanently shadowed Shackleton crater located […]

Chicago Zoo In Snake Release Program

CHICAGO, (UPI) –  A Chicago zoo says it has released 18 smooth green snakes, a threatened species being reared at the zoo, into the Lake County Forest Preserve. Listed as an Illinois Species in Greatest Need of Conservation, the tiny green serpents have seen their numbers dwindle with ongoing loss of their prairie habitat, the […]

Isaac Pushed Mississippi River Backward

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  The Mississippi River flowed backward for about a day because of strong winds and the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac, a U.S. research center said. The National Hurricane Center in Miami downgraded Isaac to a tropical storm as it moved inland. It struck the southern Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane. […]

Ancient Figurines Found Outside Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, (UPI) –  Israeli archaeologists unearthed two figurines estimated to be more than 9,000 years old, dating back to the New Stone Age in excavations outside Jerusalem. The figurines were found near a large round building with a fieldstone foundation and mud-brick walls in Tel Motza, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. “The first figurine, in […]

Whale Vomit Chunk Worth Thousands

CHRISTCHURCH, England,  (UPI) –  The family of a British 8-year-old who found a chunk of whale vomit on the beach said the find could be worth more than $60,000. Charlie Naysmith, of Christchurch, England, said he discovered the chunk of ambergris at Hengistbury Head and took it home. His family researched the object and found […]

98 Win Lottery With 1-3-5-7-9

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.,  (UPI) –  The Florida Lottery said 98 people each won $1,995.32 by playing the numbers 1-3-5-7-9 in the Fantasy Five drawing. Officials said the game can pay out prizes of as much as $200,000, but there tend to be more winners when common numbers are picked, the Miami Herald reported Thursday. “A lot […]

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