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Report: U.S. Homes At Storm Surge Risk

SANTA ANA, Calif. (UPI) — Four million homes on U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm-surge damage with more than $700 billion in property exposure, a report says. The report by CoreLogic said in the Atlantic Coast region alone there are approximately 2.2 million homes at risk, valued at more than […]

California Budget Would Cut Science Teaching

SACRAMENTO (UPI) — A second year of science would no longer be required for high school graduation under a California state budget proposal aimed at saving money, officials said. Educators have expressed concerns such a development could deepen the academic divide among students and further erode the state’s scientific and technological leadership. The proposal in […]

LinkedIn Confirms Leak Of Users' Passwords

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (UPI) — Professional social networking site LinkedIn has confirmed a leak of users’ passwords and is encouraging members to update their passwords. The company’s confirmation came following reports that a Russian hacker site posted some 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords, CBS News reported Wednesday. “Some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to […]

Cameras Catch Jaguars In Colombia

NEW YORK (UPI) — A U.S. wildlife conservation group says its camera traps have captured the first ever images of jaguars on a Colombian oil palm plantation. New York City-based Panthera said camera traps were installed in Colombia’s Magdalena River valley to gather data about the impact of the country’s ever-increasing oil palm plantations on […]

Winner Of Nobel Prize For Cell Work Dies

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — Andrew Huxley, who shared a 1963 Nobel Prize for his discoveries involving how nerve impulses are transmitted through cells, has died in Britain. His death May 30 was announced by the University of Cambridge, where he served as master of Trinity College from 1984 to 1990, the Los Angeles Times reported […]

Study: Rain No Problem For Mosquitoes

ATLANTA (UPI) — Mosquitoes, those ubiquitous summer pests, are hard to deter and even a summer rainstorm can’t stop the blood-sucking insects, U.S. researchers say. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology said the insects are able fly through a downpour and survive collision with raindrops that can weigh 50 times as much as the […]

Tablet Computers Popular Gift For Dad

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A tablet computer is the Father’s Day gift of choice for those who lean toward high-tech, a U.S. retail survey shows. Of those planning to buy Dad an electronic device for Father’s Day, 48 percent will make it a tablet, 23 percent will choose a smartphone, 20 percent will purchase a […]

Study Sees 'Backbone' Common To Networks

EVANSTON, Ill. (UPI) — Complex networks ranging from global air traffic to neural networks share similar skeletons and a “backbone” of essential nodes and links, U.S. scientists say. Researchers at Northwestern University studying a variety of biological, technological and social networks found all have evolved according to basic growth mechanisms, a finding that could help […]

Migrating Hummingbirds Losing Flowers

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Hummingbirds migrating north from Central America may be finding the flowers they depend on for nectar unavailable because of climate change, scientists say. The glacier lily that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds appear — or it used to, researchers said. […]

Facebook To Allow Kids Under 13?

NEW YORK (UPI) — Facebook is said to be developing technology to allow children under age 13 to access the social network, The Wall Street Journal reported. Facebook is building mechanisms to connect children’s accounts to those of their parents, with the parents retaining the power to decide who their kids can “friend” on the […]

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