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Gene Finding Could See Male Contraceptive

EDINBURGH, Scotland (UPI) — A gene identified as critical for the production of healthy sperm could lead to a male contraceptive pill, researchers in Scotland say. Researchers at the Center for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh said experiments in mice determined the gene, known as Katnal1, was involved in the final stages of […]

Crystals Could Give Volcanic Eruption Clue

BRISTOL, England (UPI) — Crystals in volcanic rocks hold clues about when a volcano is about to blow, a discovery that could yield predictions about future eruptions, researchers say. Researchers writing in the journal Science say crystal formation can link the movement of underground magma to earthquakes, gas emissions and other warning signs to experts […]

New Ideas About Saturn’s ‘Oddball’ Moon

ITHACA, N.Y., (UPI) — A moon of Saturn that looks like a cosmic wet sponge is in fact covered in ices, both of water and carbon dioxide, images from a NASA spacecraft show. Hyperion, with an irregular potato-like shape and honeycomb surface, is the subject of a new analysis of images taken by NASA’s Cassini […]

‘Tumbleweed’ Design Could Be Mars Rover

RALEIGH, N.C., (UPI) — U.S. scientists say a wind-driven “tumbleweed” Mars rover could be the best design for a scientific vehicle capable of moving across rocky Martian terrain. Researchers at North Carolina State University say their findings could help NASA in its quest for the next generation of such robot rovers. “There is quite a […]

Chemical Dip Creates ‘Killer Silk’

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — A simple chemical treatment can turn ordinary silk into a fabric that kills disease-causing bacteria, including anthrax, a U.S. chemical journal reports. Writing in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials & Interfaces, researchers say such a “killer silk,” created with an inexpensive dip-and-dry chemical treatment, has a number of potential uses […]

Report: Keystone XL = High Gasoline Prices

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The planned Keystone XL oil pipeline would move oil away from refineries that produce gasoline, increasing prices, the National Resource Defense Council says. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has petitioned the U.S. government to build its Keystone XL oil pipeline. Marty Durbin, executive vice president at the American Petroleum Institute, said the project […]

Ancient Tomb Uncovered In Peru

LIMA, (UPI) — Archaeologists report finding a 1,000-year-old tomb in Peru containing more than 80 individuals of varying ages including infants. The discovery was made at Pachacamac, one of the largest Prehispanic sites in South America, located on the Pacific Coast about 18 miles from Lima, Belgium’s Universite libre de Bruxelles reported Tuesday. In front […]

U.K. Parents Can Control Kids’ Phones

LONDON, (UPI) — A cellphone SIM card remotely managed by a computer will allow parents to control a child’s phone and protect the child from bullying, a British company says. Bemilo says its system, to run on the British Vodafone network, will allow parents to stop their children from going online, texting or making or […]

Dino Fossil Sold In Controversial Auction

NEW YORK, (UPI) — A tyrannosaur skeleton has sold for $1 million despite efforts to halt its auction by Mongolia, which alleges it may have been taken illegally from the country. Heritage Auctions of Dallas sold the Tyrannosaurus bataar specimen in an auction in New York Sunday to an anonymous bidder on the condition that […]

Chances Of Nuclear Accident Put Higher

MAINZ, Germany, (UPI) — Catastrophic nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima are more likely to happen than previously assumed, German researchers say. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz have calculated that given the operating hours of all civil nuclear reactors and the number of nuclear meltdowns that have occurred to […]

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