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Ancient Text May Solve Cosmic Mystery

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (UPI) — An ancient text about a “red crucifix” seen in British evening skies more than 1,200 years ago could explain a mysterious radiation spike, U.S. scientists say. The phenomenon in 774 A.D. may have been a previously unrecognized supernova explosion and could explain a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that […]

Research Improves Old Battery Technology

PALO ALTO, Calif. (UPI) — A rechargeable battery technology developed by Thomas Edison more than 100 years ago is gaining new interest with research improvements, U.S. scientists say. Stanford University scientists report they’ve breathed new life into the nickel-iron battery by dramatically improving the performance of the century-old technology. Designed in the early 1900s to […]

U.S. Judge Bans Samsung Tablet

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A California judge has issued an injunction banning sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet at the request of Apple Inc., which says Samsung violated its patents. The preliminary injunction bars Samsung from making or selling their Tab 10.1 tablet, which Apple claims violates its design patent for the front, back and […]

Roman, Celtic Coin Hoard Worth $15 Million

JERSEY, England (UPI) — Archaeologists in Britain say a hoard of Roman and Celtic coins worth $15 million has been unearthed on the island of Jersey. Two metal detector enthusiasts found the hoard, dated to the 1st century B.C. and described by experts as “extremely exciting and very significant.” The hoard weighed about three-quarters of […]

High Levels Of Lead Found In Indian Ocean

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have discovered high concentrations of lead in the Indian Ocean despite leaded gasoline having been slowly phased out worldwide. While leaded gasoline usage has decreased drastically in the last few decades, lead is still pervasive in the environment, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported. MIT […]

Wales Records DNA Of All Native Plants

CARMARTHENSHIRE, Wales (UPI) — Wales says it has recorded the DNA of all its native flowering plants, which may help conservation and lead to new drugs to fight illnesses. It is the first country in the world to create such a database, the National Botanic Garden of Wales said. Wales has about 75 percent of […]

BP Sells $1.2 Billion In Assets

LONDON, (UPI) — British energy company BP announced it was selling oil and natural gas assets in the United States and the North Sea worth at least $1.2 billion. BP said it was selling its minority stake in the Alba and Britannia fields in the British waters of the North Sea to Mitsui and Co. […]

Human-Powered Copter Set Duration Record

COLLEGE PARK, Md., (UPI) — A University of Maryland team, one of three building human-powered helicopters, says it set an unofficial record of 50 seconds airborne in its Gamera II design. The student team from Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering said its record would become official once verified by the National Aeronautic Association. […]

High-Speed Data Ride On Beams Of Light

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — A research team led by U.S. scientists says it’s developed a system of transmitting as much as 2.56 terabits of data per second using twisted beams of light. Broadband cable can move about 30 megabits per second, so the twisted-light system transmits more than 85,000 times more data per second, scientists […]

Oldest Orangutan In North America Dies

PHOENIX, (UPI) — North America’s oldest Bornean orangutan has died of lymphatic cancer at the age of 52, officials at the Phoenix Zoo said. The orangutan named Duchess was euthanized Sunday morning to prevent further suffering from the aggressive cancer, they said. “She hadn’t been doing well the last few days,” zoo spokeswoman Linda Hardwick […]


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