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Twitter Health-Reporting App Sought

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S federal officials have announced a contest for developers to design Web-based applications that use Twitter to track health trends in real time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the challenge Tuesday for developers to participate in the contest called Now Trending — #Health in My Community. Health officials […]

Oil From Gulf Disaster Found In Food Chain

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (UPI) — Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster entered the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico through zooplankton, the tiniest of organisms, researchers say. Zooplankton serves as food for baby fish and shrimp, and acts as a conduit for the movement of oil contamination and pollutants into the food chain, they […]

Poll: Teens Text More Than They Call

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Texting is the dominant mode of daily communication between teens and all those with whom they communicate, a U.S. poll indicates. The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts while frequency of teens’ voice calls has fallen, the poll released Monday by […]

Mobile Apps With Ads Called Security Risk

RALEIGH, N.C. (UPI) — Mobile applications that contain ads may be creating privacy and security risks for cellphone users, U.S. researchers say. In a study of 100,000 apps in the official Google Play market, researchers at North Carolina State University reported more than half contained so-called ad libraries, and hundreds of the apps included aggressive […]

Einstein Goes Digital

JERUSALEM (UPI) — Hebrew University in Jerusalem has unveiled a free of charge online digital archive with more than 80,000 documents chronicling the life of Albert Einstein. Marking 133 years since Einstein’s birth, the university revealed the digital archives Monday. Thousands of documents, including images and translations of letters, diagrams and photographs, can be accessed. […]

Warm Weather Bringing Early Blooms

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (UPI) — Unseasonably high temperatures and an early spring have trees and other plants developing flowers two to three weeks earlier than usual, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the State University of New York say the result could be a long and intense allergy season. There is also concern about fruit crops if […]

Problem Of Pesticide Drift Studied

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Chemicals that help sprayed agricultural pesticides stick to crops can form smaller “satellite” droplets that can drift into other areas, U.S. scientists say. “When we spray liquids, we have what we call main drops, which are drops of the desired size, and we can also have smaller satellite drops,” Purdue […]

Stink Bugs Threaten Crops In U.S. South

ATLANTA (UPI) — Two Mid-Atlantic hurricanes last year had the effect of pushing that region’s invasive stink bug infestation into the Deep South, scientists say. The Washington Post reported Friday the brown marmorated stink bugs have headed south from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia into South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, putting vegetable and citrus crops […]

Laptop Theft Causes NASA Headache

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (UPI) — The left of one NASA employee’s laptop computer created a security headache for about 2,300 Kennedy Space Center workers in Florida, the space agency says. Florida Today reported the space center informed the workers Friday that personal information, including their Social Security numbers, was at risk following the theft of […]

Iraq Looks To Bypass Strait Of Hormuz

BAGHDAD (UPI) — Iraq is looking for options to export oil from the country to allay concerns related to Iran, a government spokesman said. Iraqi lawmakers last week called on the Oil Ministry to look for alternatives because of political tensions in the region. A committee in the Iraqi Parliament called for talks related to […]

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