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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 — […]

U.S. Behind In Preparing Math Teachers

EAST LANSING, Mich. (UPI) — Countries that are best at preparing their math teachers share several key conditions generally lacking in the United States, researchers say. The first international study of what teacher preparation programs are able to accomplish found that in countries such as Taiwan and Singapore future math teachers are better prepared because […]

Russia To Protect Endangered Big Cats

MOSCOW (UPI) — A U.S. wildlife advocacy group says a Russian decision to create a “Land of the Leopard” national park is “great news” for endangered big cats. The park, creating a new protected area in the Russian Far East, was declared April 9 and will safeguard 1,011 square miles of habitat for critically endangered […]

World’s Hottest Place Identified

MISSOULA, Mont. (UPI) — El Azizia, Libya, is often called “the world’s hottest place,” but satellite temperature data shows the honor should go elsewhere, U.S. researchers say. El Azizia took what was assumed to be the record for highest temperature ever recorded when on Sept. 13, 1922, a thermometer on a weather station hit a […]

Help For Endangered Lynx In Spain

MADRID (UPI) — Three Iberian lynx are being released into the wild in Spain from a captive breeding program in an effort to save the endangered species, researchers said. As the cats were released they were a little confused at first, unsure of their new surroundings, researchers said, but bounded away ready to explore their […]

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