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Endangered Eagle Hatched In Philippines

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPI) — A Pinsker’s Hawk-Eagle chick hatched at a wildlife center in the Philippines is the first example of the species to be born in captivity, conservationists say. The Pinsker’s Hawk-Eagle, a genus of eagles found mainly in tropical Asia and in the Philippines, is considered endangered due to the loss of […]

Rare Earth Recycling Set Up In Japan

TOKYO (UPI) — Honda and the Japan Metals & Chemicals Co. say they’ve established the world’s first process to extract rare earth metals from used parts in Honda products. Honda and Japan Metals & Chemicals will begin before the end of the month extracting rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries collected from Honda […]

Asteroid Mission Gets Extension Go-Ahead

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — NASA says it is extending by 40 days its Dawn spacecraft mission exploring the giant asteroid Vesta, the second-most-massive object in the main asteroid belt. The mission extension will allow Dawn to continue its scientific observations at Vesta until Aug. 26, while still arriving at its second destination, the dwarf planet […]

Britain Releases Historic Code Papers

LONDON (UPI) — The British government says it is releasing two 70-year-old papers by computer pioneer Alan Turing on the theory of code breaking. It is believed Turing wrote the papers during World War II while at Britain’s code-breaking center at Bletchley Park working to crack German Enigma codes. The fact the contents had been […]

Cellphones May Someday See Through Walls

DALLAS (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve developed an imaging chip that could turn cellphones into devices to see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas say their research builds on two scientific advances; the ability to tap into an unused range in the electromagnetic spectrum, […]

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 […]

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