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Shark Attack Deaths Up Worldwide

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) — While shark attacks in the United States declined in 2011, worldwide fatalities reached a two-decade high, an International Shark Attack File report says. The report prepared by the University of Florida said that while the United States, including Florida, experienced a five-year trend of fewer reported unprovoked attacks, 12 […]

Photo App Uploading Users’ Address Books

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — The popular U.S. photo-sharing service Path says its app automatically uploads iPhone users’ entire address books to its servers to enhance users’ experience. The unilateral uploading was discovered by developer Arun Thampi who blogged that his “entire address book [including full names, emails, and phone numbers] was being sent […]

New Case Will Protect, Display Magna Carta

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) — U.S. engineers say they are building a state-of-the-art case and transport cart to protect the National Archive’s prized copy of the 1297 Magna Carta. Engineers with the National Institute of Standards and Technology said the case will provide a controlled environment to visually enhance the parchment while maintaining the interior […]

New Supercontinent In Earth’s Future

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 9 (UPI) — The Earth’s next supercontinent will form as North and South America fuse together and head for an eventual collision with Europe and Asia, U.S. scientists say. Researchers at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., have proposed a theory that both the present-day Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea […]

Report: Mind Control Of Weapons Possible

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) — Technological advances in neuroscience could allow future soldiers to control weapons systems simply by using their minds, British researchers say. The suggestion was part of a report released Tuesday by Britain’s Royal Society on the possible benefits of neuroscience to military and law enforcement. So-called brain-machine interface devices already being […]

Effect Of Birdsong On Humans To Be Studied

GUILDFORD, England, Feb. 7 (UPI) — British scientists say they are beginning research into whether birdsong can have a positive effect on human well-being and behavior. “A great deal of anecdotal evidence suggests that we respond positively to birdsong,” researcher Eleanor Ratcliffe of the University of Surrey said. “However, currently there is a lack of […]

‘Deleted’ Facebook Photos Still Viewable

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) — Photos deleted by users of Facebook have lingered on the social network’s servers for nearly three years, an investigation by a U.S. tech Web site found. Web site Ars Technica found that some of the photos users believed were “deleted” from the social network years ago are still […]

Brazil Sues Twitter Users Over Speed Traps

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 7 (UPI) — Brazil has sued to suspend accounts of Twitter users who use tweets to warn people about radar locations, speed traps and DUI checkpoints, officials say. The attorney general of Brazil filed for a preliminary injunction to block tweets and suspend the accounts, claiming Twitter users are putting people in […]

House: Politics Out Of Keystone Debate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) — A measure, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, takes politics out of a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, a committee said. U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., wrote the bill that a Republican-led energy committee said “takes politics out of the pipeline decision” by handing authority to […]

Indian Court Orders Censoring Of Google, Facebook

NEW DELHI, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A court in India has ordered Facebook, Google and about 19 other companies to censor their content to block objectionable material on the Web. The Delhi High Court has ordered the companies to present their plans for policing their services in the next 15 days, reported Monday. In […]


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