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Radiation Found In Tuna Near Southern California

PALO ALTO, Calif. (UPI) — Researchers said tuna migrating from coastal Japanese waters to the Southern California area contained radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The level of radioactive cesium isotopes in the migrating Pacific Bluefin tuna is one-10th the level the United States and Japan consider dangerous and does not pose a public-health […]

Inbreeding Threatens Meerkat Survival

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — The survival of meerkats living in clans in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is threatened by inbreeding, researchers conducting a 20-year study say. Scientists at the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Zurich, as well as the Zoological Society of London, said their study of almost 2,000 meerkats found nearly half showing some […]

Fungus Disease Found In New Bat Species

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UPI) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats in two counties in Tennessee. White-nose syndrome — a fungal disease first documented in New York in 2006 and now found in 19 states and four Canadian provinces — has decimated bat […]

Quake History Of San Andreas Fault Studied

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (UPI) — Observations on the San Andreas Fault near Santa Cruz, Calif., show large earthquakes have occurred more frequently there than previously thought, a study says. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, with assistance from the California Geological Survey, conducted a paleoseismic study documenting four surface-rupturing earthquakes that occurred across the Santa Cruz […]

Americans' Skulls Getting Bigger Over Time

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UPI) — American heads are getting larger although it’s unclear why that is happening, forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, said. Examining 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s, the researchers found U.S. skulls have become larger, taller and narrower as seen from the front and faces have […]

Drowning Leading Cause Of Child Death

ATLANTA (UPI) — An average of 3,880 U.S. adults and children die each year due to fatal drowning, federal health officials said. The report, by the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention, estimated 5,789 were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year for non-fatal drowning. CDC researchers analyzed death certificate data from the […]

Evidence Of Early Jews In Portugal Found

SILVES, Portugal (UPI) — German researchers say the oldest archaeological evidence of a Jewish cultural presence on the Iberian Peninsula has been found at a Portuguese excavation site. Archaeologists of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena said a 16-by 24-inch inch marble plate that may have been a tomb slab bears a Hebrew inscription and has […]

Debris From Japan Tsunami Arriving Sooner

SEATTLE (UPI) — Scientists and lawmakers say debris from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last year is reaching U.S. shores sooner than expected. Fishing floats, soccer balls, fuel tanks and fishing vessels let loose by the 9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami pushed thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean, carried by currents […]

Dragon Supplies Delivered To Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) — Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have boarded the unmanned Dragon spacecraft and began unloading supplies, NASA TV showed. Hours after the Dragon docked with the space station, the astronauts opened the capsule’s hatch and began taking delivery of 1,014 pounds of food, water and clothing, the Los Angeles Times […]

Tsunami Debris Includes Toxic Chemicals

TORONTO (UPI) — Industrial chemicals from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan are reaching the West Coast of North America, and contamination is a risk, scientists say. “Finding one drum of paint thinner, or something you might find in your garage, is not hugely toxic, but if you find 50 of them all washed up […]

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