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China To Build Observatory In Tibet

LHASA, Tibet (UPI) — A remote area in southwest Tibet may be chosen as the location for a new international astronomical observatory, a leading Chinese astronomer said. A possible location for the new observatory will be in the mountains in Ngari prefecture of China’s Tibet autonomous region at an altitude of 16,700 feet, astronomer Yao […]

Scientists Count Penguins From Space

MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) — U.S. scientists, working with British colleagues, say they have completed the first-ever emperor penguin count from space. Using high-resolution satellite mapping technology, the researchers determined there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought, in what they said was the first-ever count of an entire species from space. Scientists […]

Irene Retired As Hurricane Name

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The hurricane name “Irene” has been retired because of the damage Hurricane Irene caused in the Caribbean and on the U.S. East Coast in 2011, scientists say. The announcement was made Friday by the World Meteorological Organization, which decides on storm names, OurAmazingPlanet reported. Storm names decided on by the WMO run […]

Citrus Disease Discovered In California

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — California agricultural officials say they have identified the state’s first case of huanglongbing, a disease that has devastated citrus crops in other regions. The disease, spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a small bug that was first identified in California in 2008, has no known cure, the Los Angeles Times reported. […]

Fuel Prices Give CPI A Push

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent in March, pushed by rising fuel oil prices, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. Core prices, excluding energy and food items, rose 0.2 percent. Across the board, energy prices rose 1.7 percent while fuel oil prices gained 2.7 percent month-to-month and 5.3 percent on an […]

Contact Lost With European Satellite

PARIS (UPI) — A European environmental monitoring satellite has gone silent, with mission controllers saying they’re attempting to re-establish contact with it. Contact with the European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite was unexpectedly lost April 8 as it passed over the Kiruna ground station in Sweden, a release from ESA headquarters in Paris said Thursday. While […]

Tablet Use While Watching TV Surveyed

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) — Two U.S. reports on people who use their tablet computers while watching television have come up with significantly different figures, analysts say. One report, from Forrester Research, said 85 percent of tablet owners use their tablets while watching television, Slash Gear reported Thursday. Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, who compiled the […]

Firewall Can Stop Medical Device ‘Hacking’

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a prototype firewall can keep hackers from interfering with wireless medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin-delivery systems. A team of scientists from Purdue and Princeton universities had previously demonstrated how medical devices could be hacked, potentially leading to catastrophic consequences. “You could imagine all sorts of […]

Study: Baboons Can Recognize Short Words

PARIS (UPI) — Baboons can reliably recognize short printed words in experiments, doing what is essentially the first step in reading, French researchers say. The baboons are identifying recurring patterns — in English — one of the keys to human reading, researchers at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research said. But that doesn’t mean they’ll […]

Perceptions Keep Prices High, OPEC Says

VIENNA (UPI) — There are no physical disruptions in the oil markets, only perceived shortages, meaning markets are well-supplied, OPEC said in its monthly report. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties said oil prices were roughly 4.7 percent higher in March than they were the previous month. This “was supported by supply glitches in the […]

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