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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 […]

Coral Reefs And Fish Depend On Each Other

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The complex relationship between fish and corals is a major factor in shielding reef species from extinction, Australian researchers say. Those relationships developed relatively recently in geological terms, scientists at the ARC Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies said. Early coral reefs, 300 million to 400 million years […]

U.K. Amateur Astronomers Find New Planet

OXFORD, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Two British amateur astronomers have discovered a new planet and will have it named after them, scientists said. Chris Holmes and Lee Threapleton spotted it during a project to find planets beyond our solar system, and if other astronomers confirm it, the planet, thought to be gaseous and about […]

NASA Captures Comet’s Crash Into Sun

HOUSTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) — For the first time, technology has allowed NASA to observe a comet being vaporized as it approached the sun, the space agency reported. In an article published in this month’s Science, the agency said its Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded Comet C/2011 N3 nearing the sun and burning to nothing over […]

Texas Drought Raises Need For Wisconsin Cranes

BARABOO, Wis., Jan. 22 (UPI) — Experts say the drought in Texas may jeopardize the already endangered whooping crane population, making a reintroduction program in Wisconsin crucial. Texas’ dry conditions have increased worries about the health of the cranes as the world’s only self-sustaining flock of migratory whooping cranes winters in southern Texas, the Milwaukee […]

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