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Are You Smarter Than A Preschooler? New Research Suggests Not!

BERKELEY, Calif., (UPI) — Ever wish things were just simpler? Preschoolers generally don’t. In their minds, things are already simple. Whereas adults overcomplicate, kids keep it elementary. Now, scientists say a preschooler’s way of thinking — having more flexible and less biased ideas about cause and effect — can help them outperform adults in figuring […]

Rare Mimic Octopus Captured In Thailand

PHUKET, Thailand (UPI) — After capturing a mimic octopus in the Gulf of Thailand, scientists have gotten an up-close and personal appreciation of the physical attributes that enable the species’ unique talents of deception. Previously observed in the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, it’s the first capture of a mimic octopus in Thai […]

Ice Coverage On Great Lakes Reaches 91 Percent

OTTAWA (UPI) — Ice coverage on the Great Lakes has reached 91 percent, which may cause Canada to have a cool and dry summer, scientists say. This year has seen the second largest amount of ice cover ever recorded on the Great Lakes after 1973, when ice cover reached 93.9 percent, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. […]

Obama’s Budget Proposal Draws Mixed Review From Energy Circles

WASHINGTON (UPI) — While President Obama’s 2015 budget request includes $169 million in new funding for offshore energy, the oil industry said there was nothing new in the deal. President Obama released his budget proposal Tuesday that seeks $3.9 trillion in spending. Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said $169 million […]

Ukraine To Face Consequences For Unpaid Gas Debt

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Ukraine there would be “adverse consequences” should it not settle its outstanding gas debt. “[Anyone] who fails to pay for the supplied goods should be aware that it is fraught with adverse consequences, including those related to the revocation of previously reached agreements on beneficial terms […]

Ukraine’s Gas Debt Is ‘Huge,’ Gazprom Says

MOSCOW (UPI) — The gas debt incurred by Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz is “huge,” a spokesman for Russian energy company Gazprom said. Gazprom said a natural gas discount secured by the Ukrainian government in December may be canceled because of the $1.55 billion debt incurred by Naftogaz. “What is owed is huge, not just for […]

Dramatic Extent Of Great Lakes Freeze Captured By NASA Satellite

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — NASA says a satellite has provided dramatic visual evidence of the extent of freezing in the Great Lakes, with ice coverage at its greatest since 1994. A true-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the mostly frozen state of the Great Lakes on Feb. […]

German Security Firm Claims Russian Government Behind Malware

BERLIN (UPI) — A German security firm claims a newly detected malware known as “Uroburos” was crafted by the Russian government, CNET is reporting. G Data Security says it believes the Russian government is behind the malware, which can “take control of an infected computer, execute arbitrary commands, and hide system activities” because of the […]

Scientists Find Egg Of Bird Thought Extinct For More Than A Century

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (UPI) — New Zealand scientists say they’ve found, for the first time, an egg of an endangered bird that had been presumed extinct for more than a century. Researchers found the New Zealand storm petrel egg on Little Barrier Island, off the country’s North Island, China’s Xinhua news agency reported Friday. The […]

Internet Search Engine Delivers Content Matched To Reading Ability

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’ve developed in Internet search engine specifically for schools designed to deliver content matched to a student’s learning level. The software created by two University of Alabama in Huntsville professors is being tested as a way to increase reading abilities in challenged students while helping motivate intellectual development […]

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