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Study: Pythons In Florida’s Everglades Present Little Risk To People

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The estimated tens of thousands of invasive Burmese pythons populating Florida’s Everglades National Park pose a low risk to people in the park, officials say. An assessment by U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service scientists looking at five incidents that involved humans and Burmese pythons over a 10-year period found all […]

Fireball In The Sky Lights Up Twitter, Phone Lines

GENESEO, N.Y. (UPI) — A fireball created by a meteor over Virginia and Maryland lit up social media as people took to Twitter to share the news, a meteor-tracking group says. Phone lines to the American Meteor Society, a not-for-profit research organization based in Geneseo, N.Y., were swamped Thursday night with call from Virginia and […]

First English Beavers In 500 Years May Be Breeding On Devon River

OTTERY ST. MARY, England (UPI) — Five centuries after European beavers were hunted to extinction in England, a wild group appears to have returned, living on a river in Devon, scientists say. No one is sure where the beavers on the River Otter come from, the Guardian reported. Devon Wildlife Trust began a reintroduction project […]

Evidence Of Water In Meteorite Re-Ignites Debate On Martian Life

HOUSTON (UPI) — NASA scientists report they’ve found evidence of past water movement throughout a martian meteorite, reviving the debate on the possibility of life on Mars. Researchers at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have focused on structures deep within a 30-pound martian meteorite known […]

Pandas Face Threat From Bamboo-Eating Livestock In China

EAST LANSING, Mich. (UPI) — Pandas face a new threat to their survival, U.S. researchers say. Livestock, particularly horses, are horning in on pandas’ critical bamboo buffet. “Across the world, people are struggling to survive in the same areas as endangered animals, and often trouble surfaces in areas we aren’t anticipating,” Michigan State University panda […]

U.S. Winter Hurting Energy Sector, EIA Says

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Information Administration said the harsh 2014 winter season is expected to have a negative impact on the energy sector in the coming weeks. EIA said in a weekly petroleum report the sustained cold gripping much of the eastern half of the country disrupted everything from crude oil refinery to […]

When It Comes To Memory, Things You Hear Are The First You Forget

IOWA CITY, Iowa (UPI) — When it comes to memory, we don’t remember things we hear nearly as well as things we see or touch, researchers at the University of Iowa reported Wednesday. When more than 100 undergraduate students at the university were exposed to a variety of sounds, visuals and things that could be […]

Alaskan Rocks Shielding Still-Fresh Oil From 1989 Valdez Exxon Spill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) — Twenty-three years after the Exxon Valdez spill, hidden pockets of surprisingly unchanged oil are found on Alaska beaches far from the incident, scientists say. The rocky coastlines in the Shelikof Strait, hundreds of miles southwest of the 1989 spill, contain small remnants of oil which appear to be protected by a […]

NASA Announces Planetary Bonanza, Discovery Of 715 New Worlds

WASHINGTON (UPI) — NASA says its Kepler space telescope has delivered another bonanza of distant planets, finding 715 new worlds orbiting 305 distant stars. Many of the discoveries are of multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system, the space agency said Wednesday. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, a significant […]

Conservationists Call For Weed Killer Reduction To Protect Butterflies

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Conservationists say they want tougher rules limiting the use of a common weed killer to save America’s dwindling population of monarch butterflies. The Natural Resources Defense Council, in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency, said current levels of use of glyphosate — first marketed under the brand name Roundup — are […]

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