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Russia Confirms Creation Of 117th Element

MOSCOW, (UPI) — Russian scientists say they’ve successfully repeated their synthesis of the 117th chemical element, paving the way for formal addition to the periodic table. The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna outside Moscow first synthesized the 117th element in 2010, but the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry requires such experiments […]

Stonehenge A Symbol Of A United Britain?

SHEFFIELD, England (UPI) — Stonehenge was the center of ancient Britain and the monument was meant to symbolize the unification of eastern and western communities, researchers say. Speculation as to the monument’s purpose — ancient astronomical observatory, temple for ritual sacrifice, spiritual center — has swirled around Stonehenge for centuries. Now researchers from five British […]

'Brain-Hacking' Technology Sought

LONDON (UPI) — Stanford University researchers say they are working on a device that would allow them to “pretty much hack” into the brain of British genius Stephen Hawking. Professor Philip Low and his colleagues at Stanford in California have been working with the disabled British theoretical physicist to develop technology that would enable them […]

Galapagos Tortoise 'Lonesome George' Dies

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador (UPI) — A tortoise dubbed Lonesome George, the sole survivor of his species and a Galapagos Islands conservation icon, has died, officials say. The animal was found dead in his corral early Sunday at the Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Galapagos National Park Service […]

Conservationists Hail Birth Of Rare Rhino

LAMPUNG, Indonesia (UPI) — A rare Sumatran rhino has given birth at an Indonesian sanctuary, encouraging researchers concerned for the species’ survival, officials said. A baby male rhino was born to Ratu, a 12-year-old Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, the International Rhino Foundation reported Monday. With […]

Researchers Say Napping Can Help Learning

EVANSTON, Ill. (UPI) — A musical tune someone has been practicing can become better fixed in their memory if it is played to them while they sleep, U.S. researchers say. The study builds on existing evidence suggesting memories can be reactivated during sleep and storage of them can be strengthened in the process, Northwestern University […]

Report Details Rise In Elephant Poaching

GENEVA, Switzerland, (UPI) — Elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and ivory seizures the highest since 1989, a U.N.-backed endangered species conference heard. The report was prepared for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, a U.N. release said Thursday. “We need […]

Distant Planets Locked In Cosmic Dance

SEATTLE, (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say a bigger version of Earth is locked in an orbital tug-of-war with a much larger Neptune-sized planet around a distant star. The planets around a star dubbed Kepler-36A occupy nearly the same orbital plane and sometimes approach within about 1.2 million miles of each other, just five times the […]

Magnetic Molecules Could Clean Oil Spills

BRISTOL, England, (UPI) — European scientists say a molecule that can make “magnetic emulsions” has the potential to revolutionize the chemical industry and could clean up oil spills. Emulsions are blends of liquids that normally do not like to mix, like oil and water, and the researchers’ custom-made molecule acts as an emulsifier that can […]

Bird Flu Virus Could Mutate To Human Form

CAMBRIDGE, England, (UPI) — Avian H5N1 influenza viruses could evolve in nature to become a human-to-human airborne transmissible virus, British researchers say. Avian H5N1, also known as bird flu, can be transmitted from birds to humans but not from human to human, but researchers say it could become airborne transmissible between mammals, and thus potentially […]

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