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Odd-Shaped Galaxy Puzzles Astronomers

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — Most galaxies are either round or are flat, slender disks like our Milky Way, but one nicknamed the Sombrero galaxy manages to be both, U.S. astronomers say. The Sombrero galaxy, which in visible light looks like its namesake wide-brimmed hat, is a round elliptical galaxy but has a thin disk embedded […]

Study: Bees Affected By Selenium Pollution

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (UPI) — Honeybees’ foraging behavior and survival could be impacted by the chemical element selenium at polluted sites, U.S. scientists say. Although selenium in very low concentrations is necessary for the normal development of insects — and humans — it becomes toxic at only slightly higher concentrations, researchers at the University of California, […]

Study: More Plastic In Ocean Than Thought

SEATTLE (UPI) — Research on how much plastic litters the oceans may vastly underestimate the true amount because it only looks at the surface, a U.S. researcher says. University of Washington oceanographer Giora Proskurowski said he was on a research cruise in the Pacific Ocean and noticed the water surface was littered with tiny bits […]

Judge Views BP Settlement Favorably

NEW ORLEANS (UPI) — A U.S. district judge in New Orleans said during a preliminary hearing he viewed a $7.8 billion oil spill settlement from BP in favorable terms. BP announced last week it reached a definitive agreement for $7.8 billion, paid to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, to settle the bulk of the claims related […]

Pieces Of Meteorite Found In California

LOTUS, Calif. (UPI) — A NASA astronomer says he found fragments of the meteor that exploded in a giant fireball over California Sunday morning. Petrus Jenniskens said he found fragments of the object Wednesday in a parking lot of Henningsen Lotus Park, located in the small town of Lotus in El Dorado County near California’s […]

Minivan-Sized Meteor Made California Fireball

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — U.S. researchers estimate the size of the meteor that caused a giant fireball over California and Nevada was about the size of your average minivan. The bright ball of light traveling east to west was seen over central and northern California Sunday morning, as the 150,000-pound space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere […]

Boston To Offer Smartphone Train Tickets

BOSTON (UPI) — Boston officials say the city is set to become the first in the United States to get a paperless smartphone ticketing service for commuters. The ability to pay and have tickets scanned using smartphones has been common in Europe, but Americans who ride trains to work still have to buy paper tickets […]

City Heat Could Be Beneficial For Trees

NEW YORK (UPI) — Urban “heat islands,” chronically elevated city heat levels, are driving some city trees to grow far better than their country cousins, U.S. researchers say. Scientists at Columbia University’s Earth Institute said they found common native red oak seedlings grow as much as eight times faster in New York’s Central Park than […]

Rare Leopard Photographed In China

NEW YORK (UPI) — The first camera trap photos of a rare Amur leopard in a Chinese nature reserve suggest the leopards may be returning to the country, U.S. conservationists say. The leopard was photographed in the Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve in Jilin Province, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society reported Wednesday. Provincial […]

Ancient Remains Stolen In Mexico

TULUM, Mexico (UPI) — The skeleton of one of the first humans to inhabit the Americas has been stolen in Mexico, authorities say, and archaeologists want it back. The 10,000-year-old skeleton disappeared from a cenote, or underground water reservoir, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, NewScientist.com reported Wednesday. The National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico […]

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