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'Living Fossil' Fish Still Evolving

BOCHUM, Germany (UPI) — A fish dubbed a “living fossil” that hasn’t changed fundamentally for 400 million years is still able to genetically adapt to its environment, researchers say. While scientists have confirmed that coelacanths, whose morphology has not significantly changed since the Devonian age, are in fact evolving slowly, genetic studies from specimens from […]

Azerbaijan Earthquake Risk Said Significant

BAKU, Azerbaijan (UPI) — Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is at risk of a devastating earthquake similar to one that leveled the country’s previous capital in 1859, researchers say. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences say their research suggests the region may be ripe for a quake […]

New Region Of Sun Spitting Out Flares

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — An active region on the sun that rotated into view of the Earth Sunday has fired off two flares and two coronal mass ejections, U.S. scientists say. The first flare lasted for a relatively long 3 hours, peaking at 9:17 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center reported. The associated […]

Gorilla Moms Use 'Baby Talk' With Infants

LEIPZIG, Germany (UPI) — Mother gorillas use a sort of “baby talk” in their facial and hand gestures when communicating with their infants, European researchers say. Eva Maria Luef from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, filmed 120 hours of footage of gorillas at Leipzig Zoo and two wild animal parks […]

Galactic 'Close Encounter' Confirmed

GREEN BANK, W.Va. (UPI) — Two galaxies in the neighborhood of our own Milky Way had a close encounter billions of years ago and may have even brushed each other, U.S. astronomers say. Observations by the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia confirm a disputed 2004 discovery of a hydrogen gas “bridge” […]

Scientists To Follow Disappearing Penguins

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (UPI) — New Zealand scientists say they want to try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a rapidly declining penguin species every winter. Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, funded by the U.S.-based National Geographic Society, will travel to the breeding ground of the rockhopper penguin […]

U.S.: Lizard Species Protection Not Needed

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. government will not place the dunes sagebrush lizard, found in West Texas and New Mexico, on a protected species list, officials said. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said commitments to voluntary conservation agreements now in place in New Mexico and Texas that provide for the long-term conservation of the […]

U.S. Oil Production Reaches Historic High

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, along with output from Texas and North Dakota, pushed U.S. oil production to its highest level in 14 years, the EIA said. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. oil production during the first quarter of 2012 topped 6 million barrels per […]

U.S. Unlikely To Settle With BP

NEW ORLEANS, (UPI) — It’s unlikely U.S. officials would accept a smaller penalty from BP to settle claims for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a former federal lawyer said. The Financial Times reported that sources “familiar with discussions” between BP and the government say the British company is seeking to pay […]

Norway's DNO Makes Oil Find In Iraq

OSLO, Norway, (UPI) — Norwegian oil and natural gas company DNO International announced it encountered oil at a well in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. DNO said at its general meeting in Norway its latest testing from its Peshkabir-1 well in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq confirmed the presence of oil. “Testing is […]

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