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All-White Killer Whale Seen Off Russia

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russian scientists say they’ve made what they believe is the first sighting of an all-white adult orca, or killer whale, off the country’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The adult male, nicknamed Iceberg, appears to be healthy and leading a normal life in its pod, they said. While various species of whale occasionally will present […]

Long-Lost Scroll Fragment Found In Museum

BRISBANE, Australia (UPI) — Egyptian artifacts in an Australian museum include a long-lost section of the burial scroll of one of the civilization’s greatest builders, a researcher says. British Museum curator John Taylor — in Brisbane for the opening of a touring exhibition of mummies from his museum — spotted a shred of papyrus on […]

FBI: Web Scam Cleared Millions Of Dollars

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A multimillion-dollar online scam could leave hundreds of thousands of computer users worldwide without Internet access, the FBI says. Fortunately, the agency said, users can clean their computer of the suspected malware program in question with a few clicks and a visit to a diagnostic Web site. Six Estonian nationals were arrested […]

Computer Scoring Of Student Work Debated

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Computers may someday help teachers grade their students’ essays, and can provide results that mirror human scores, some U.S. educators say. A wide-ranging study of automated computer essay-scoring software, tested on thousands of sample essays, found a handful of programs “capable of producing scores similar to human scores,” USA Today reported. Computer […]

Depiction Of Egyptian Pharaoh Found

CAIRO (UPI) — A stone slab depicting Ramses III, who ruled Egypt’s 20th Dynasty from 1186-1155 B.C., has been found at the Karnak Temple, researchers say. The rare archeological piece depicts the Pharaoh Ramses III providing sacrifices and offerings to the god Amon Ra, the Egypt State Information Service reported Friday. Also depicted on the […]

Cold Weather Linked To Witchcraft Trials

SALEM, Mass. (UPI) — A spell of cold weather may have sparked the infamous Salem witch trials in 1692, as witches were thought capable of controlling weather, U.S. researchers say. Witch hunts have coincided with cold periods throughout history, possibly because people sought out scapegoats to blame for crop failures and general economic hardship during […]

Effects Of BP Oil Spill Still Seen In Gulf

HOUSTON (UPI) — Scientists say the environmental impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is still being seen in the Gulf of Mexico. Although some researchers say the damage caused by the blowout of the British Petroleum well thus far does not appear to be as bad as it could have been, marine life is […]

Human Health On Mars Mission Discussed

MOSCOW (UPI) — Future astronauts spending time on the surface of Mars may face radiation exposure levels that could increase the risk of DNA damage, Russian scientists say. Other heath risks could also be possible with increased levels, they said. “According to our estimates, researchers on the surface of Mars can expect a number of […]

Glasses Can Show Movie Subtitles

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UPI) — Sony says its new Access Glasses will give deaf and hearing-impaired moviegoers closed captioned text in their direct line of sight for both 2D and 3D movies. Sony has announced a partnership with Regal Entertainment that will see the glasses in Regal’s digitized theaters across the United States, boxofficemagazine.com reported. The […]

Study: Women Drive Romantic Relationships

OXFORD, England (UPI) — Women make cellphone calls to their spouse more than any other person, suggesting pair-bonding is more important to women than men, British researchers say. Men, in contrast, call their spouse most often for the first seven years of their relationship but then shift their focus to other friends, researchers at Oxford […]

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