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Archive for September, 2012

Pluto Captured In Best Telescope Image

HILO, Hawaii (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say they’ve captured the sharpest-ever ground-based images of the “demoted” dwarf planet Pluto and its moon Charon. Astronomers at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii used Pluto, no longer the solar system’s ninth planet but rather reclassified as a dwarf planet, and its largest moon as a surrogate extrasolar planetary […]

Volcano In China Showing Signs Of Activity

BEIJING (UPI) — A volcano on the border of China and North Korea is showing signs of increasing activity and could erupt in the next few decades, Chinese researchers say. A massive eruption of Changbaishan around 1,100 years ago spread ash and volcanic gases for 30 miles and left a 3-mile-wide crater atop the volcano, […]

Volcano In China Showing Signs Of Activity

BEIJING (UPI) — A volcano on the border of China and North Korea is showing signs of increasing activity and could erupt in the next few decades, Chinese researchers say. A massive eruption of Changbaishan around 1,100 years ago spread ash and volcanic gases for 30 miles and left a 3-mile-wide crater atop the volcano, […]

African Habitat For Apes Said Disappearing

LEIPZIG, Germany (UPI) — Suitable habitat in Africa for the continent’s great apes such as gorillas, chimps and bonobos is experiencing significant decline, wildlife researchers say. In a survey across Africa, Eastern gorillas, the largest living primates, were found to have lost more than half their habitat since the early 1990s while habitats Cross River […]

Fish Stocks Said Declining In The Adriatic

ROME (UPI) — Sardines and anchovies are disappearing from the Adriatic as a result of poor fishery management, Greenpeace said while urging sustainable fishing practices. The environmental watchdog’s report focused on Chioggia, one of the largest fishing ports in the Mediterranean, and Pila di Porto Tolle in Veneto. Together, the two ports “supply a considerable […]

New York Plans 625-Foot Ferris Wheel

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans Thursday to build the world’s largest Ferris wheel, measuring 625 feet tall. Bloomberg said the $230 million New York Wheel will be part of a retail and hotel complex designed to bring nearly $500 million in private investment to Staten Island’s St. George waterfront, […]

Man Offers $64M To Marry Off Daughter

HONG KONG, (UPI) —  A Hong Kong man is offering $64 million to any man who marries his daughter, and the girl — a rumored lesbian — said she found the idea “quite entertaining.” Gigi Chao, who Chinese media outlets said married another woman, Sean Eav, last week at a civil ceremony in Paris, said […]

Candy Wrappers With GPS To Bring Prizes

LONDON, (UPI) —  The British maker of Kit Kat chocolate bars says hidden tracking devices in candy bar wrappers could bring lucky winners prizes of thousands of pounds. Candy maker Nestle says its “We Will Find You” competition will involve global positioning system chips placed in six chocolate bar wrappers. Once one of the lucky […]

Jesus Statue Moved Away Fom Highway

CLIFTON, N.J., (UPI) —  A New Jersey monastery said a statue of Jesus that some residents feared had been stolen was actually moved to a “safer and more dignified” location. A monk from the Holy Face Monastery in Clifton said some motorists who regularly travel on eastbound Route 3 had feared the Jesus statue was […]

Coffin Shop Holds Halloween Sale

ST. PAUL, Minn., (UPI) —  The owner of a Minnesota coffin shop said he is holding a Halloween sale, offering full-sized coffins for as little as $100. Mike Zoff, 57, who opened Affordable Coffins & Artery in St. Paul in January to sell the wooden coffins he makes in his garage, said the business has […]

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