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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 […]

Gulf Of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Is Forecast

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — U.S. scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic “dead zone” could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as 6,213 square miles. A hypoxic zone is caused by excessive nutrient pollution from human activities that depletes the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom […]

U.S. Nabs $2.6 Billion In Oil, Gas Auction

NEW ORLEANS, (UPI) — More than 56 international energy companies submitted bids worth more than $2.6 billion in a lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. government said. New Orleans hosted a lease sale for offshore tracks in the Gulf of Mexico. The sale was conducted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

Pests Adapting To GM Crops

TUCSON, (UPI) — Pests are adapting to genetically modified crops in unexpected ways, U.S. researchers say, showing the importance of closely monitoring biotech crops. To decrease the need for insecticides that can harm animals other than the target pests, cotton and corn have been genetically engineered to produce toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, […]

'Oversharing' Called Facebook Turnoff

LONDON, (UPI) — “Oversharing” is the biggest turnoff most likely to lose you friends on social networks such as Facebook, a British survey found. Forty-six percent of those surveyed by discount Web site MyVoucherCodes said they had unfriended someone for posting too many status updates containing excessive information, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The main […]

Museum Work Could Fight Amphibian Disease

NEW HAVEN, Conn., (UPI) — Preserved frogs in museums around the world hold clues to a deadly pathogen currently decimating global amphibian populations, a U.S. researcher says. Katy Richards-Hrdlicka at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies examined 164 preserved amphibians for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, an infectious pathogen driving many […]

Spy Satellite Launched From Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., (UPI) — An Atlas V rocket carried a secret military satellite into orbit after a launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Wednesday morning, officials said. The launch occurred at 8:28 EDT from the station’s Launch Pad 41, Tampa cable news station Bay News 9 reported. The Atlas V was initially set […]

Iran: World Needs Our Natural Gas

TEHRAN, (UPI) — The international community can’t ensure basic energy security by shoving Iran out of the market, the country’s deputy oil minister said. Iran has some of the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world. Concerns about its nuclear ambitions, however, have left the country sidelined. Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr […]

Science Screenwriting Prize Announced

LONDON (UPI) — Britain’s Wellcome Trust and the British Film Institute have announced an annual screenwriting prize to encourage high quality movies inspired by science. The winner will receive a $30,000 cash prize to help develop their feature film idea and will be introduced by the trust to a selection of eminent scientists, commercial partners […]

Undersea Object Probably Not A UFO

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) — A mysterious object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea isn’t a UFO, Swedish researches say, but they add they don’t have a sure idea of what it is, either. The object, located on the sea floor between Sweden and Finland, is some sort of “natural, geological formation,” Peter Lindberg, the […]

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