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Few Babies Born To ‘birth Tourists’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — While thousands of women come to the United States to deliver babies, “birth tourism” represents only a tiny fraction of births, figures show. In Arizona last year, only 2 percent of the children born in the state had mothers who lived elsewhere, The Arizona Republic reported. That included women from […]

Man Facing Charges Over Pigeons

AMBROOKLINE, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Massachusetts man accused of failing to get rid of hundreds of pigeons said he got rid of the coops but the birds came back on their own. Edwin Alexanderian, 50, who is due to be arraigned Aug. 24 on charges of failure to eliminate a public health nuisance, […]

Network Could Help Disaster Communications

ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) — In disasters like the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks or the earthquake in Japan, communications are often overwhelmed when most needed, U.S. researchers say. Scientists at Georgia Tech College of Computing say they’ve developed a possible solution, dubbed LifeNet, a mobile ad-hoc network designed for use in highly transient conditions […]

Yahoo! Asks If It’s Really A Small World

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Yahoo! and Facebook are partnering to test one of the most famous U.S. social psychology experiments of the 1960s, the “Small World” hypothesis. The 1967 experiment was carried out by Stanley Milgram, a professor at Yale University. Milgram sent packages to 160 random residents of Omaha, Neb., and […]

Sri Lanka Completes Elephant Count

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Sri Lanka says it has completed the first nationwide survey of its elephant population, intended to increase protection of the animals and their habitat. The results of the survey in which 3.500 people counted the pachyderms from watchtowers near 1,500 watering holes and lakes will be released in […]

Scientists Say Earth Not Getting Fatter

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A NASA-led research team says it’s laid to rest a recurrent rumor that Earth has a weight problem, reporting that the planet is not getting fatter after all. Scientists have long speculated that the solid Earth might be expanding or contracting, proposing various theories to back up their contention […]

U.S. Launches Biofuels Initiative

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — National and energy security depend on access to commercially available biofuels, Washington said in unveiling a $510 million private-sector initiative. The U.S. departments of Energy, Agriculture and Navy announced plans to invest up to $510 million during the next three years in partnerships with the private sector. This plan would […]

Men Helped By Social ‘Contacts’ At Work

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 16 (UPI) — When it comes to finding a job, who you know is as important as what you know — if you are a man — a U.S. researcher suggests. Dr. Steve McDonald, an assistant professor of sociology at North Carolina State University, used a national data set of more than […]

Mortgage Activity Rises

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity increased in the week ending last Friday as interest rates fell. It was the second consecutive week mortgage activity rose due to falling interest rates. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped from 4.37 percent to 4.32 percent with points falling from […]

Start-Up Rate At 25-Year Low

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The entrepreneurial spirit in the United States is in decline with the start-up rate among the unemployed at its lowest since 1986, a research firm said. Outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said the rate of unemployed managers and executives seeking to start their own businesses dropped to 2.5 […]

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