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U.S. Offers $2 Million For Rescue Robot

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it is offering a $2 million prize for the design of an advanced rescue robot. Various challenges requiring robots to navigate a series of physical tasks like those anticipated in real-world disasters will confront teams in the competition, TG Daily reported Tuesday. Robots played […]

Study: Wildlife Survive Nuclear Accidents

PORTSMOUTH, England, (UPI) — Radiation from nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may not present as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought, British researchers say. Earlier studies on the impact on birds of the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Russia in April 1986 have been put in doubt by new […]

Imported Plants Bring U.S. Forest Threats

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., (UPI) — Almost three-quarters of the invasive insects and tree diseases affecting U.S. forests came into the country by way of imported live plants, researchers say. The problem has risen with the trade in live plants, with imports now valued at $500 billion annually, the University of California, Santa Barbara, reported Monday. […]

Teachers Biased Against Girls In Math

AUSTIN, Texas, (UPI) — Bias on the part of high school math teachers is hampering girls who want to study mathematics, an analysis of a U.S. educational study found. Researchers analyzing data collected in a national Educational Longitudinal Study in 2002 said teachers tend to rate white girls’ math abilities lower than those of white […]

Olympics Web Site Blocked In Iran

LONDON, (UPI) — Web users in Iran say they can’t connect to the official London 2012 Olympics site and are redirected to a site with stories from Iran’s official news agencies. Iran-based users are unlikely to be able to see the Olympics pages,, a Web site tracking Iranian Internet access, reported. Nima Akbarpour, presenter […]

Maryland Offers ‘Frankenfish’ Bounty

BALTIMORE, (UPI) — Maryland says it is offering a $200 gift card to every angler who catches and kills an invasive snakehead fish, the second year in a row for such bounties. The snakehead, sometimes dubbed “Frankenfish” or “Fishzilla,” has been found in eight U.S. states and is a problem because as a “top level […]

Fukushima Radiation Found In California Kelp

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — Radiation from Fukushima, Japan, following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been detected in giant kelp along the California coast, researchers say. A recent report in the journal Environmental Science & Technology said marine biologists at Cal State Long Beach found radioactive iodine in samples collected from beds of kelp […]

American Crocs Coming Back In Florida

MIAMI, (UPI) — Experts say the Florida population of American crocodiles is on the rise and they’re moving closer to cities, posing a greater risk to people. In the 1970s, the population of American crocodiles in the deep Everglades numbered about 150, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. Now, scientists say, their numbers have increased to […]

Tokyo Taking Step Away From Iran’s Oil

TOKYO, (UPI) — Japan is set to start cutting back on the amount of crude oil it purchases from Iran once new contracts enter into force, an official said. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last month that 10 European countries and Japan were exempt from U.S. sanctions on Tehran because of their decisions […]

U.S. Announces Funding For ‘Bio-Oil’

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department said up to $15 million is available to help support nearly a dozen so-called bio-oil projects targeted for the transportation sector. “Driving innovation through targeted investments helps to speed development of next-generation biofuels made in America, biofuels that will help to protect American families and businesses from the […]


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