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Road Closed For Endangered Salamanders

BURLINGTON, Ontario (UPI) — The Canadian community of Burlington, west of Toronto, has taken the unprecedented step of closing a road to protect an endangered type of salamander. Through March 29, barriers to vehicles and pedestrians are blocking a road known to be crossed by endangered Jefferson salamanders, a blue-speckled brown and gray variety that […]

‘Super’ Aspirin Could Combat Cancers

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) — A “super” aspirin may provide extremely strong anti-cancer properties without the side-effect risk of serious stomach ulcers, U.S. researchers say. Laboratory studies using mice suggest the compound, known as NOSH aspirin, could be effective against cancers of the colon, lung, breast, prostate, pancreas and blood, they said. “The key […]

Obama Appoints Park As Technology Chief

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The White House Friday announced Todd Park as U.S. chief technology officer, replacing Aneesh Chopra, the country’s first CTO who left the post last month. Appointed to the chief post by President Obama Friday, Park has been serving as CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since August 2009. […]

Oldest Animal With A Skeleton Found

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (UPI) — Paleontologists say they’ve discovered fossils of the oldest animal with a skeleton, between 560 million and 550 years old, in South Australia. The age of Coronacollina acula places it in a time known as the Ediacaran Period, named after the Ediacara Hills of South Australia, ranging from 630-542 million years ago, […]

Fukushima Prefecture Aims For Green Power

TOKYO (UPI) — As Japan marked the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the country’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, the governor of Fukushima prefecture called for terminating nuclear power and promoting renewable energy. “We will call for all nuclear power stations in the prefecture to be shut down so that an accident […]

Chemist Who Warned Of Ozone ‘Hole’ Dies

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (UPI) — F. Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel-prize winning chemist who first warned man-made chemicals could erode the ozone layer, has died in California, officials said. Officials at the University of California, Irvine, where Rowland worked and taught since the campus opened in 1965, said he died Saturday at his home in […]

Impact Of Solar Storm Less Than Feared

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A massive solar storm hitting Earth is having less impact on satellites, power grids and communications than some had feared, U.S. space weather experts say. Two strong solar flares erupted from the surface of the sun late Tuesday, sending a stream of plasma and charged particles at 4 million mph toward Earth […]

‘Tight’ Cultures May Hold Back Women

TORONTO (UPI) — The cultural “tightness” of a country can hold back female leadership — but not always, a Canadian study has found. Cultural tightness is described by University of Toronto researcher Soo Min Tohas as the “degree to which norms are clear and pervasive.” Tight cultures have a lower tolerance for deviation from their […]

Proposed ‘Nuclear’ Clock Most Accurate?

SYDNEY (UPI) — A clock tied to the orbiting of an atom’s neutron could gain or lose less than a second in 14 billion years, the age of the universe, Australian scientists say. “This is nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks we have now,” said one of the researchers proposing such […]

Computer Chip With Holes Is Speed Demon

ARMONK, N.Y. (UPI) — U.S. researchers at IBM say they have developed a computer chip that can move a terabit — a trillion bits of information — a second. The researchers said the speed boost came thanks to unlikely innovation: tiny holes drilled in a quarter-inch computer chip that actually boost data transfer speeds. Dubbed […]


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