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Conservationists Hail Birth Of Rare Rhino

LAMPUNG, Indonesia (UPI) — A rare Sumatran rhino has given birth at an Indonesian sanctuary, encouraging researchers concerned for the species’ survival, officials said. A baby male rhino was born to Ratu, a 12-year-old Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, the International Rhino Foundation reported Monday. With […]

Researchers Say Napping Can Help Learning

EVANSTON, Ill. (UPI) — A musical tune someone has been practicing can become better fixed in their memory if it is played to them while they sleep, U.S. researchers say. The study builds on existing evidence suggesting memories can be reactivated during sleep and storage of them can be strengthened in the process, Northwestern University […]

Report Details Rise In Elephant Poaching

GENEVA, Switzerland, (UPI) — Elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and ivory seizures the highest since 1989, a U.N.-backed endangered species conference heard. The report was prepared for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, a U.N. release said Thursday. “We need […]

Distant Planets Locked In Cosmic Dance

SEATTLE, (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say a bigger version of Earth is locked in an orbital tug-of-war with a much larger Neptune-sized planet around a distant star. The planets around a star dubbed Kepler-36A occupy nearly the same orbital plane and sometimes approach within about 1.2 million miles of each other, just five times the […]

Magnetic Molecules Could Clean Oil Spills

BRISTOL, England, (UPI) — European scientists say a molecule that can make “magnetic emulsions” has the potential to revolutionize the chemical industry and could clean up oil spills. Emulsions are blends of liquids that normally do not like to mix, like oil and water, and the researchers’ custom-made molecule acts as an emulsifier that can […]

Bird Flu Virus Could Mutate To Human Form

CAMBRIDGE, England, (UPI) — Avian H5N1 influenza viruses could evolve in nature to become a human-to-human airborne transmissible virus, British researchers say. Avian H5N1, also known as bird flu, can be transmitted from birds to humans but not from human to human, but researchers say it could become airborne transmissible between mammals, and thus potentially […]

Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Is Forecast

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — U.S. scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic “dead zone” could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as 6,213 square miles. A hypoxic zone is caused by excessive nutrient pollution from human activities that depletes the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom […]

U.S. Nabs $2.6 Billion In Oil, Gas Auction

NEW ORLEANS, (UPI) — More than 56 international energy companies submitted bids worth more than $2.6 billion in a lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. government said. New Orleans hosted a lease sale for offshore tracks in the Gulf of Mexico. The sale was conducted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

Pests Adapting To GM Crops

TUCSON, (UPI) — Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, U.S. researchers say, showing the importance of closely monitoring biotech crops. To decrease the need for insecticides that can harm animals other than the target pests, cotton and corn have been genetically engineered to produce toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, […]

'Oversharing' Called Facebook Turnoff

LONDON, (UPI) — “Oversharing” is the biggest turnoff most likely to lose you friends on social networks such as Facebook, a British survey found. Forty-six percent of those surveyed by discount Web site MyVoucherCodes said they had unfriended someone for posting too many status updates containing excessive information, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The main […]

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