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Plants ‘Remember’ Droughts To Prepare

LINCOLN, Neb. (UPI) — Plants can “remember” drought and change responses to the stress to survive, a finding that could lead to more drought-resistant crops, U.S. researchers say. The study confirms the scientific basis for what home gardeners and nursery professionals have long known, that transplants do better when water is withheld for a few […]

Asteroid To Make Close Earth Visit

PARIS (UPI) — An asteroid approaching Earth in 2013 will get closer than the orbits of many satellites, highlighting a need to monitor such hazards, European scientists say. An amateur team discovered the unusual asteroid, dubbed 2012 DA14, on February 22 as it flew by the Earth at about seven times the distance of the […]

Groups Lists ‘Enemies Of The Internet’

PARIS, March 13 (UPI) — Reporters Without Borders says it has added Bahrain and Belarus to 10 other nations on its annual list of “enemies of the Internet.” The two nations have been moved onto the press freedom advocacy group’s list of countries that restrict Internet access, filter content and imprison bloggers, the BBC reported […]

Online Gamers Help With Genetics Study

MONTREAL, March 13 (UPI) — Swarms of online gamers have helped solve difficult biological problems and untangle a major problem in comparative genomics, Canadian researchers say. Thousands of Internet gamers have played the online game Phylo, created to address the “multiple sequence alignment (MSA) problem,” the thorny task of aligning roughly similar sequences of DNA […]

Widespread Nitrate Contamination Reported

DAVIS, Calif. (UPI) — Though nitrate contamination in groundwater from agriculture was seen in high levels in California, it’s a national problem, a scientific group said. The University of California, Davis, in a report ordered by the state government, said the root cause of groundwater contamination from nitrates was agriculture use. The report concluded that […]

Lawsuit Targets Mobile Apps For ‘Stealing’

AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) — A lawsuit in Texas alleges mobile apps routinely steal names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses from millions of users without their knowledge or consent. In the class-action filing in U.S. District Court in Travis County, attorneys claim almost 20 apps, including Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp and Twitter violate policies put in place […]

New Radar Will Give Better Storm Warnings

FORT WORTH, Texas (UPI) — Weather radar technology called “livesaving,” that provides faster and more precise storm detection, is set to be tested in Texas, officials say. The near-ground radar system is intended to map weather hazards down to street level when tornadoes, high winds or flash floods threaten. The system gets its first urban […]

Detector May Tell Buried Bombs From Junk

BURLINGTON, Mass. (UPI) — A muscled-up metal detector may one day reveal whether buried objects are unexploded bombs or harmless junk, its U.S. developers say. Wars around the world have left landscapes littered with unexploded bombs that countries want to dig up and remove, so land can once again be livable for people and used […]

New Map Of Titanic Wreck Site Created

FALLMOUTH, Mass. (UPI) — A map of the Titanic wreck site has been made using thousands of photos taken by underwater robots in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, researchers say. The map, created with 130,000 photos pieced together, shows debris and ship parts scattered across a 15 square-mile patch of ocean floor and […]

Woman Astronaut On China Space Mission?

BEIJING (UPI) — China says its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, set to dock this summer with its Tiangong-1 space module lab, may include a female astronaut in its crew. The final three-member crew will be decided “on the very last condition,” Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of the country’s manned space program, told China’s state-run news agency Xinhua. […]

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