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Citizen Scientists To Help Study Asteroids

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — NASA says a new program will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects with orbits that occasionally bring them close to Earth. The citizen science project called “Target Asteroids!” starting Wednesday will support NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission scheduled for launch in 2016 that will study material from an asteroid. […]

Americans’ ‘Green’ Attitudes Declining

NEW YORK (UPI) — “Green” attitudes and behaviors regarding the environment have been declining in Americans since 2009, a poll indicates. A Harris Poll tracking attitudes about the environment and engagement in various environmentally friendly or “green” behaviors, including those capable of saving consumers money, found an ongoing decline, a Harris release said Thursday. In […]

China Clones Sheep With New Technique

XINJIANG, China (UPI) — Chinese scientists say the world’s first transgenic sheep produced with a simplified technique dubbed “handmade cloning” was successfully born. In 2009, donor cells were collected from a Chinese Merino sheep and by genetic manipulation a transgenic cell line was established, said researchers at the genomics organization BGI, the Institute of Genetics […]

Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Museum Home

CHANTILLY, Va. (UPI) — The space shuttle Discovery arrived at its new home, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Thursday with a public ceremony, NASA said. The retired orbiter, which completed 39 missions and spent more than 365 days in space, is being moved into the national aerospace collection at the museum’s Steven F. […]

GPS Could Aid In Earthquake Warnings

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Combining two data sources could bring better warning of earthquakes to millions of people in vulnerable areas of the western United States, researchers say. Scientists at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America in San Diego said combining information from GPS monitors to data recorded by a vast network […]

Ancient Statue That Of Female Gladiator?

HAMBURG, Germany (UPI) — A 2,000-year-old bronze statue in a German museum may be that of a female gladiator, and a victorious one at that, researchers suggest. If true, the statue would constitute only the second visual depiction of a female gladiator known to exist, scientists at the University of Granada in Spain said. The […]

Reason For North Korea Rocket Fail Hidden

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (UPI) — The reason a North Korean rocket launched Friday failed may be apparent to experts but probably will never be publicly revealed, a U.S. space expert says. North Korea launched its long-range Unha-3 rocket with a satellite aboard despite objections from the United States and other nations, which viewed it as a […]

Study: Stars May Capture ‘Rogue’ Planets

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) — Billions of stars in our galaxy may have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space, adding them to their stellar families, U.S. scientists say. The finding could explain the existence of planets that orbit surprisingly far from their stars, and even account for strange double-planet systems, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for […]

House Passes Gasoline Price Act

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A House panel approved of a measure that would tie any potential release of U.S. strategic oil reserves to an increase in domestic oil and gas production. U.S. lawmakers are taking political action they say will help bring relief to retail gasoline prices. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said that, […]

Eye-Recognition Security Software Advances

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Identifying people by taking pictures of their eyes is becoming easier with iris recognition software producing very rapid results, a U.S. report indicated. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology evaluated the performance of such software from 11 different organizations and found that some techniques produced very rapid results — […]

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