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USPS Study Says Slower Deliveries Might Work

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A study says the U.S. Postal Service could save a bundle if it just took its time delivering first class and Priority Mail. Officials from the mail service said new schedules could be announced just after Labor Day, based on a study that said the USPS could save $1.5 billion […]

Tots Said To Have Grammar Sense

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Two-year-old children can understand complex grammar even before they have learned to speak in complete sentences, British researchers say. Psychologists at the University of Liverpool say their study suggests infants understand more about language structure than they can actually articulate and that knowledge comes at a much earlier age […]

Human Motion Seen As Power Source

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say the day may come when your cellphone — or almost any other portable electronic device — could be powered just by taking a walk. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have describe a new energy-harvesting technology that could dramatically reduce dependence on batteries by capturing the energy of […]

U.S. Funds Broadband In Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. Agriculture Department says it will provide $103 million to fund 23 projects for broadband services to unserved and underserved rural communities. “Without broadband, rural communities, agricultural producers and business owners face a substantial challenge,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “These loans and grants will bring the benefits of […]

Secret Of Lager Beer Yeast Discovered

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 23 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say the birthplace of a yeast strain that gave the world lager beer almost 500 years ago has been discovered. A possible stowaway from the New World, the yeast is believed to have fused with a distant relative 500 years ago in the cool caves and monastery […]

API Tells White House To Cut Regulations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Washington should do away with regulations regarding ozone, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel standards as part of an effort to cut spending, the API said. Howard Feldman, director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, welcomed plans announced by the White House to eliminate extraneous regulations. The […]

Sexist Men And Women Made For Each Other

LAWRENCE, Kan., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Men who prefer “one-night stands” are apt to use aggressive courtship strategies that sexist women who favor casual sex respond to, U.S. researchers say. Jeffrey Hall and Melanie Canterberry of the University of Kansas say men with negative sexist attitudes toward women compete with other men who show an […]

Less Educated, Less Attending Services

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Less-educated white Americans are dropping out of the religious sector, similarly to the way they left the labor market, a U.S. researcher says a study shows. Using data from the General Social Survey and the National Survey of Family Growth, the study found in the 1970s, among those ages […]

Cholesterol-Lowering Food Tops Low-Fat

TORONTO, Aug. 23 (UPI) — People counseled to eat cholesterol-lowering food such as soy and nuts had lower cholesterol than those on a low-fat diet, researchers in Canada say. Dr. David J.A. Jenkins of St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto compared the two diets for a six-month period. The control diet emphasized high […]

Unemployed Men Happy To Do ‘Women’s Work’

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Men unemployed as a result of the recession have taken on housekeeping and caring for children as their way of contributing to the home, U.S. researchers say. Ilana Demantas, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Kansas, interviewed 20 recently unemployed men. “Usually men see themselves as […]

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