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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 […]

Study: Alcohol Improves Task Performance

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., (UPI) — Alcohol can focus the mind on tasks, with participants in a study who drank two pints of beer performing better than sober counterparts, U.S. researchers say. Psychologists at the University of Illinois had 40 healthy young men solve puzzles such as choosing a word that linked three test words. For example, […]

Apple Preparing To Fight Mac Malware

CUPERTINO, Calif., (UPI) — Apple says it is taking action, both technical and legal, against the Flashback malware infecting as many as 600,000 Mac computers around the world. The company is “developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback malware,” it said on it support site. Apple is also preparing to mount a legal […]

Nebraska Passes Keystone XL Measure

LINCOLN, Neb., (UPI) — A bill passed by Nebraska states that TransCanada must pay for studies of the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline and gives route authority to the governor. Nebraska lawmakers passed a measure that changes a November law passed during a special session that regulates oil pipelines through the state. Nebraska would be […]

Interior: Fracking Doesn’t Cause Quakes

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Fracking natural gas deposits doesn’t cause earthquakes and temblors associated with unconventional natural gas development are minor, the U.S. government said. U.S. Geological Survey scientists said the frequency of earthquakes of magnitude-3 or greater increased by a factor of six in the decade beginning in 2001. “While it appears likely that the […]

China Internet Outage: Censorship? Glitch?

BEIJING, (UPI) — Internet users in China say they were temporarily unable to access foreign Web sites Thursday, raising speculation the censorship system was being tested. While the country’s so-called “great firewall” already blocks many sites hosted in other countries, users in Beijing, Shanghai and other parts of China said that they could not reach […]

Huge Iceland Volcano Showing Activity

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, (UPI) — An Icelandic volcano even bigger than the one that shut down European air travel when it erupted in 2010 is showing signs of activity, scientists say. While the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull left millions of travelers stranded across Europe and cost airlines an estimated $200 million a day for six days, signs […]

Upcoming iPhone Said To Have Larger Screen

NEW YORK, (UPI) — The next iPhone, which may be dubbed the iPhone 5, will have a 4-inch display and a brand new design, a U.S. tech industry analyst says. Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets in New York City predicted in a note to investors Monday the next iPhone will utilize unibody construction in […]

Ancient Amazonians Farmed Without Fire

EXETER, England, (UPI) — Modern farmers in the Amazon region could take lessons in sustainability from the area’s inhabitants of 800 years ago, scientists say. Research led by the University of Exeter in Britain showed indigenous people living in the savannas around the Amazonian forest farmed without using fire to clear forest by practicing ‘raised-field’ […]

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