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Florida Bald Eagles Becoming City Dwellers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) — The recovery of bald eagles in Florida is pushing the birds closer to city environments less suitable for them as the best habitats fill up, experts say. “I think we’re potentially at carrying capacity for eagles in this state, and now the eagles are moving to less desirable […]

Electric Grids Survive Solar Storm

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 25 (UPI) — A geomagnetic storm triggered by a solar flare did little to disrupt the electrical power grid for North American consumers, authorities said. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Colorado warned a solar flare could cause problems with the electrical sector this week. Canadian officials told the […]

Solar Storm Was Stronger Than Predicted

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — The solar storm that caused several days of intense geomagnetic activity in Earth’s atmosphere was even stronger than originally predicted, U.S. officials said. “Earlier, it was stated that the current Solar Radiation Storm was the largest since May 2005,” an announcement from a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration division said. […]

Handwriting Skill May Bring School Success

MIAMI, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Handwriting may be a tool for success and there may be academic value to good penmanship, a researcher in Florida says. With the state considering dropping the teaching of cursive writing from the curriculum, a Florida International University professor decided to find out if there was value in good handwriting. […]

Study: Male Sex Drive Source Of Conflict

LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Their “male warrior” instinct means men are programmed for aggression toward outsiders, a trait that leads to conflict, a Dutch-led study claims. The study, published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B in Britain, suggests an evolutionary instinct for violence against others helped early men improve their status […]

States Take Charge Of Wolf Populations

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Federal protection for Wisconsin’s gray wolf is set to expire, leaving state officials in charge of the hundreds of wolves that populate the north woods. When the Endangered Species Act protection expires Friday, state regulations will still treat the estimated 782 wolves in Wisconsin as protected wild animals, the Milwaukee […]

Strong Solar Storm On Its Way Toward Earth

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 23 (UPI) — A solar storm of energetic radiation and charged plasma could disrupt GPS signals and the electrical grid, U.S. space weather experts said. Scientists at the Space Weather Prediction Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo., have issued a geomagnetic storm watch. The agency said […]

Ancient Dog Skull Gives Domestication Clue

TUCSON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — A 33,000-year-old dog skull found in a Siberian cave is among the oldest evidence of dog domestication ever found, researchers say. Scientists at the University of Arizona say the discovery also suggests man’s best friends may have originated from more than one ancient ancestor. They base that on dog remains […]

Prediction Offered For Big Tokyo Quake

TOKYO, Jan. 23 (UPI) — A significant earthquake is much more likely to hit Tokyo in the next few years than the government has predicted, Japanese researchers say. Scientists from the University of Tokyo have estimated a 75 percent probability of a magnitude 7 quake in the region in the next four years, while an […]

California Volcano Crater Could Come Alive

DEATH VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 23 (UPI) — A volcanic crater in California’s Death Valley was created far more recently than previously thought and gives signs of future activity, researchers say. Researchers from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said the 600-foot deep Ubehebe Crater, formed when a rising plume of magma hit a pocket of underground […]

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