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Crew Chosen For Simulated Mars Mission

MANOA, Hawaii (UPI) — Six people have been chosen for a simulated Mars mission to test new forms of food and food preparation strategies for deep-space travel, U.S. scientists say. A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., have selected the six from hundreds of applicants […]

Homeland Security's BioWatch Still Flawed

DENVER (UPI) — The United States’ high-tech system for detecting biological attacks has flaws, and it remains to be seen whether upgrades will solve them, experts say. The Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch system of air samplers has experienced numerous false alarms since first being deployed in 2003, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The […]

Report Faults Fukushima Response

TOKYO (UPI) — A Japanese parliamentary panel has determined that the Fukushima plant nuclear crisis was a “man-made” disaster. “It was a profoundly man-made disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” said Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in the introduction of its 641-page report on […]

Drought At Record Levels In U.S.

LINCOLN, Neb. (UPI) — More of the United States is in drought condition than at any other time in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials said. Analysis by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found 46.84 percent of the nation’s land area is in various stages of drought […]

New Trigger For Plankton 'Blooms' Found

WOODS HOLE, Mass. (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve discovered a new trigger for springtime blooms of plankton in the North Atlantic — large whirlpools or eddies in the ocean. In what’s termed the North Atlantic Bloom, an immense number of microscopic phytoplankton burst into color, first “greening” then “whitening” the sea as one species […]

Volcanoes, Weather Can Affect Global Temps

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (UPI) — Relatively small volcanic eruptions can affect global temperatures when material is carried into the atmosphere by weather systems, Canadian researchers said. Until now it was thought that only a massively energetic volcanic eruption could inject aerosols past the troposphere, the turbulent atmospheric layer closest to the Earth, into the stable layers […]

Deep-Sea Rare Earths Found In Japan

TOKYO (UPI) — Japanese researchers have discovered significant amounts of rare earth deposits on the bottom of the ocean about 1,243 miles southeast of Tokyo. “An estimated 6.8 million tons of rare earth minerals, including dysprosium, exist in the mud in the deposit, which is within Japan’s exclusive economic zone,” said the group headed by […]

Brown Widow Spiders At Home In Southern California

LANHAM, Mass. (UPI) — Brown widow spiders are making themselves at home in Southern California, researchers say. The spiders, which were first spotted in North America in 1935, didn’t arrive in Southern California until 2003. They now outnumber the native black widow in some parts of the region, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. “The […]

CEOs: Global Ecomony, Socia Media Risks

NEW YORK (UPI) — A survey of 192 U.S. executives indicates 42 percent say the global economic environment was their biggest source of risk, while 27 percent say social media. “Social media wasn’t even on the radar a few years ago, and we’re now seeing it ranked among the top sources of risk, on the […]

Apple Said Readying Smaller iPad

NEW YORK (UPI) — Apple Inc.’s Asian component suppliers are preparing for production of an iPad tablet computer with a smaller screen, The Wall Street Journal said. The current iPad’s screen measures 9.7 inches, unchanged since the first model was released in 2010, but the new tablet will have a screen of around 8 inches […]

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