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Asian Beetle Threatening Avocado Industry

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — California’s avocado crops are being threatened by an Asian beetle that is spreading a fungus that kills avocado trees, experts say. Evidence of the insect, known as the tea shot hole borer, has been found in backyard avocado trees in more than a half-dozen locations in Los Angeles County, the Los […]

Ancient Peruvian Find Turns Up In Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) — Experts are trying to determine how two ancient skulls and centuries-old Peruvian artifacts came to be buried in a former Florida migrant worker camp. There is one clue that showed the burial occurred in comparatively recent times — pieces of a newspaper dated March 16, 1978, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. […]

Telescope Image Shows Some Of Oldest Stars

MUNICH, Germany (UPI) — A telescope in Chile has captured a new image of a star cluster containing some of the oldest stars in the universe, European astronomers say. The image of the globular star cluster Messier 55 in the constellation of Sagittarius was captured with the VISTA survey telescope at the European Southern Observatory’s […]

Study: ‘Hungry’ Black Holes End Star Birth

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — Galaxies with powerful, active and “hungry” black holes at their core produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes, European astronomers say. Findings from the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory suggest black holes suppressed galactic star formation when the universe was less than half its current age, they […]

Strange Mountain Burial Sites Studied

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (UPI) — Burial ritual clues found in remote Cambodia are shedding light on the lost history of a little-known mountain-dwelling people, researchers say. Scientists from New Zealand’s University of Otago say they have accomplished the first radiocarbon dating of unusual jar and log coffin funeral internments on exposed ledges high in southern […]

Rare Snakes Released In Louisiana

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Seven Louisiana pine snakes have been released into a pine forest in an effort to restore America’s rarest snake to its natural habitat, scientists say. The 6-month-old, 3-foot-long snakes from a captive breeding program were released into a restored longleaf pine stand in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, the U.S. Forest […]

Origin Of Domesticated Horses Pinpointed

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — British researchers say they’ve used DNA science to settle the question of where modern domesticated horses originated. Archaeological evidence had long suggested horse domestication originated in the western part of the Eurasian Steppe — Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan. However, the large number of female lineages in the domestic horse […]

New Spider Species Found In Urban Setting

AUBURN, Calif. (UPI) — Researchers at Auburn University say they’ve discovered a previously unknown trapdoor spider species in the heart of the city of Auburn, Ala. The discovery in a long-urbanized area highlights how much remains to be revealed about life in our own world, Auburn biology Professor Jason Bond said. “The discovery of a […]

Giant Sunspots Visible From Earth

BOULDER, Colo. (UPI) — Giant sunspots have sent clouds of particles toward Earth that could bring northern auroras but aren’t expected to disrupt communications, U.S. scientists said. A large group of sunspots headed toward Earth during the weekend and two coronal mass ejections erupted from the Sun’s surface Tuesday, they said. The ejection could arrive […]

India Cancels Plan To Reintroduce Cheetahs

NEW DELHI (UPI) — India’s Supreme Court has ordered a halt to a government plan to reintroduce the cheetah, wiped out in India by hunting nearly a century ago. The government had approved wildlife groups’ recommendations of two sanctuaries, in Madhya Pradesh and an area in Rajasthan, as potential homes but the court ordered a […]

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