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Lake Michigan: A Source Of Wind Power?

HOUGHTON, Mich. (UPI) — Lake Michigan is an untapped reservoir of wind energy, say researchers who are studying whether it can be harvested economically and without environmental harm. Scientists at Michigan Technological University have been gathering data come from a 6-ton floating buoy deployed at three locations in the lake, two near the shoreline and […]

Chinese Astronauts Move Into Orbiting Lab

BEIJING (UPI) — China says three of its astronauts have moved into the cabin of an orbiting module, becoming the first group of Chinese to enter an orbiter in space. Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang transferred into the Tiangong-1 space lab module from their Shenzhou-9 spacecraft Monday about three hours after a […]

Colombian Volcano At Risk Of Eruption

MANIZALES, Colombia (UPI) — The Nevado del Ruiz volcano in central Colombia is still spewing ash and gas, and officials say they have issued 30,000 face masks to residents of the region. People living on its slopes told of hearing “strong, strange noises” coming from the summit of the 18,500-foot-high volcano Friday and Saturday, the […]

New MacBook Pro Called Unrepairable

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (UPI) — The newest MacBook Pro with Retina display merits a 1 on a 10-point repair scale and is nearly impossible to fix or upgrade, a popular tech Web site says. Electronics do-it-yourself Web site iFixit found the $2,799 laptop “virtually non-upgradeable,” reported Wednesday. Tearing down the next-generation MacBook, the […]

Plant Prompts Mice To Spit, Spread Seeds

SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) — A desert plant in Israel uses toxins to make mice spit out seeds when eating its fruit, making them seed spreaders to help the plant reproduce, researchers say. The plant in the Negev Desert, known as sweet mignonette or taily weed, uses a toxic “mustard oil bomb” to cause the […]

'Living Fossil' Fish Still Evolving

BOCHUM, Germany (UPI) — A fish dubbed a “living fossil” that hasn’t changed fundamentally for 400 million years is still able to genetically adapt to its environment, researchers say. While scientists have confirmed that coelacanths, whose morphology has not significantly changed since the Devonian age, are in fact evolving slowly, genetic studies from specimens from […]

Azerbaijan Earthquake Risk Said Significant

BAKU, Azerbaijan (UPI) — Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is at risk of a devastating earthquake similar to one that leveled the country’s previous capital in 1859, researchers say. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences say their research suggests the region may be ripe for a quake […]

New Region Of Sun Spitting Out Flares

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — An active region on the sun that rotated into view of the Earth Sunday has fired off two flares and two coronal mass ejections, U.S. scientists say. The first flare lasted for a relatively long 3 hours, peaking at 9:17 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center reported. The associated […]

Gorilla Moms Use 'Baby Talk' With Infants

LEIPZIG, Germany (UPI) — Mother gorillas use a sort of “baby talk” in their facial and hand gestures when communicating with their infants, European researchers say. Eva Maria Luef from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, filmed 120 hours of footage of gorillas at Leipzig Zoo and two wild animal parks […]

Galactic 'Close Encounter' Confirmed

GREEN BANK, W.Va. (UPI) — Two galaxies in the neighborhood of our own Milky Way had a close encounter billions of years ago and may have even brushed each other, U.S. astronomers say. Observations by the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia confirm a disputed 2004 discovery of a hydrogen gas “bridge” […]


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