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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 […]

Orbiter Captures Image Of Mars Dust Devil

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — NASA has released an image taken by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of a towering dust devil on Mars the agency says is more than a half mile high. Captured by a high-resolution camera on the orbiter on Feb. 16, the image shows an afternoon whirlwind over the Amazonis Planitia region of […]

Moon To Blame For Sinking Of Titanic?

SAN MARCOS, Texas (UPI) — While no one denies an iceberg sank the liner Titanic 100 year ago, there may have been another culprit that put it there, U.S. scientists say — the moon. Researchers at Texas State University say a once-in-a-lifetime celestial lineup of the sun, the Earth and the moon three months before […]

First Americans From Europe, Not Asia?

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The first American settlers came from Europe rather than across the Bering land bridge from Siberia to Alaska, a new book proposes. The book “Across Atlantic Ice,” by Bruce Bradley of the University of Exeter in England and Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, argues that glaciers and ice floes […]

NASA: Shuttle Retirement Project On Track

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) — The U.S. space agency says it historic fleet of retired space shuttles will all be in their new, permanent display homes by the end of the year. The shuttles Endeavour, Atlantis and Discovery were on the move recently as part of the transition and retirement activities at NASA’s Kennedy Space […]

Let Keystone XL Go, Lugar Says

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Democratic leaders should abandon opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline because Americans are “screaming” for lower oil prices, a Senate leader said. Senate leaders are debating a transportation bill that includes an amendment for the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline. Republican leaders describe Keystone XL as a “shovel-ready” project that would provide […]

U.S. Takes Close Look At Alaska’s Arctic

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Interior announced there was a need to take a careful look at the arctic landscape in Alaska for the sake of better management. “The arctic’s unique ecosystem calls for a landscape-scale approach to management that cuts across agencies, jurisdictions, and boundaries,” Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes said in […]

Zynga To Start Dedicated Game Web Site

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Internet gaming company Zynga says it will start its own site for its games to allow users to play them without need to be on social networks such as Facebook. Zynga said a beta version of what it calls the Zynga Platform will allow customers to play five of its popular […]

Violin Strings Made From Spider Silk

NARA, Japan (UPI) — A Japanese researcher says thousands of strands of spider silk spun into a set of violin strings can yield a “preferable” timbre for many musicians. The way the strings are twisted, resulting in a “packing structure” that leaves almost no space between any of the strands, provides a “soft and profound […]

Easily Guessed Computer Passwords A Risk

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Hackers often get into protected systems by simply guessing the password, which is often made too easy for them by users, U.S. security experts say. Security services firm Trustwave says it found the most common password used on business computer systems is “Password1,” CNN reported Monday. Although it satisfies the complexity […]

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