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Study: Our Best, Most Important Memories Are Made Before Age 25

DURHAM, N.H. (UPI) — Most people make the most important memories of their lives by age 25, involving life transitions such as marriage and having children, U.S. researchers say. Psychologists at the University of New Hampshire report they found when older adults were asked to tell their life stories, they overwhelmingly highlighted the central influence […]

Hubble Telescope Sees Nearby Galaxy Rotating Like ‘clock In The Sky’

BALTIMORE (UPI) — U.S. astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope say they’ve precisely measured, for the first time, the rotation rate of a galaxy. Based on the clock-like movement of its stars, the central part of a neighboring galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) completes a rotation every 250 million years, the Space Telescope […]

Gloves Worn On The Hands Become An Electronic Musical Instrument

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Cornell University engineering students say they’ve invented a new kind of electronic musical instrument controlled by gloves on the player’s hands. To play the instrument dubbed Aura, the player dons gloves fitted with sensors that report the position and orientation of the hands in a magnetic field. The magnetic sensors used […]

Earth’s First Animals May Have Thrived Without Benefit Of Oxygen

ODENSE, Denmark (UPI) — The first, most primitive animals may have thrived on Earth in water that contained almost no oxygen, Danish scientists say. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark say the finding suggests the rise of animals could have created our modern, oxygen-rich oceans, rather than oxygen-rich oceans triggering the initial rise of […]

Efforts To Cull Western Canada’s Wild Horse Population Opposed

SUNDRE, Alberta (UPI) — Efforts to cull the wild horse population in western Canada are being met by criticism from animal activists who say government officials are wrongheaded. The Alberta provincial government said last month it will issue licenses to capture 200 of the estimated 980 wild horses near Sundre to reduce their threat to […]

Despite Biodiversity Loss As Land Becomes Urban, Some Species Thrive

SANTA BARBARA (UPI) — Urban centers bring losses in biodiversity but many plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments, U.S. researchers say. Despite rapid and ongoing conversion of natural lands to concrete-dominated urban centers, hundreds of bird species and thousands of plant species are thriving in cities, scientists report in a […]

Scientists Find Genetic Link Between Brain Structure, Intelligence

LONDON (UPI) — British researchers say they’ve identified a gene that may link brain structure — particularly the thickness of its gray matter — to intelligence. Scientists at King’s College London have been looking at the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the human brain known as “gray matter,” which plays a key role in […]

Study Finds Worrying Decline As African Elephants Poached For Ivory

LONDON (UPI) — New data has confirmed an ongoing decline of African forest elephants, being poached for their ivory at an alarming 9 percent a year, a conservation group says. A study covering 80 sites in five countries found that between 2002 and 2013, 65 percent of forest elephants in Central Africa were killed, the […]

Study Of Juggling Sheds Light On How Senses Help Us Move

BALTMORE, Md. (UPI) — Juggling may be mere entertainment to some, but it may also yield clues to how vision and the sense of touch help humans and animals move, U.S. engineers say. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say understanding how humans control the way they move their limbs in a repetitive way, such as […]

El Nino Forecast Increases Chances Of Ending So. California Drought

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — An El Nino will develop late this year, improving chances Southern California will pull out of a deep drought, a team of scientists is forecasting. In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers said they’ve developed a computer model that enables them to […]

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