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3D Printer Creates New Jaw For Woman

BRUSSELS, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A Belgian woman is able to chew, speak and breathe normally after the implantation of a new jawbone created on a 3D printer, doctors say. The replacement jaw, created out of a fine titanium powder sculpted layer by layer by a precision laser beam, has proved a successful substitute for […]

World’s Oldest Living Thing Studied

PERTH, Australia, Feb. 6 (UPI) — DNA testing suggests a swathe of seagrass in the Mediterranean could be the oldest known living thing on Earth, Australian researchers say. Carlos Duarte of the University of Western Australia in Perth and his colleagues sequenced the DNA of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica at 40 sites across 2,100 miles […]

Illegal Ivory Still Egyptian Problem

CAIRO, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Egypt is home to ongoing illegal trading in ivory with products sold in local tourist areas by traders who are seldom prosecuted, a wildlife group says. The animal conservation group Traffic says while the volume of trading in elephant ivory has declined slightly over the last 10 years, Egypt is […]

Virtual Display Could Diagnose Illness In Space

PARIS, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A heads-up display could provide 3-D guidance for astronauts and assist them in diagnosing medical problems or even performing surgery, European engineers say. The Computer Assisted Medical Diagnosis and Surgery System is a wearable augmented reality prototype being developed by the European Space Agency that will combine computer-generated graphics with […]

U.K. Study: Mars Surface Too Dry For Life

LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Life could not exist on the surface of Mars because the planet has been in a “super-drought” lasting 600 million years, British researchers say. Scientists at Imperial College London said they based that assertion on analysis of data on Martian soil transmitted back to Earth from the 2008 NASA Phoenix […]

U.S. To Equip Soldiers With Secure Phones

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — The U.S. government and military will soon have smartphones capable of handling classified government documents over cellular networks, officials said. The phones will run a modified version of Google’s Android software being developed in a joint initiative by federal agencies and government contractors. U.S. soldiers will be the first to […]

EU Wants A Pause On Google Privacy Policy

BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) — European officials have asked Google to put its recently announced privacy policy changes on hold while they ensure they don’t breach data protection laws. In January Google said it was consolidating its services’ privacy policies into one single policy across all of its sites, including Google+, Gmail and YouTube. The […]

Upton Wants More Solyndra Documents

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) — The White House is stonewalling an investigation into the bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra, recipient of a $535 million federal loan, a lawmaker said. Solyndra declared bankruptcy last year despite a $535 million loan from the government. Critics say some of the details surrounding the loan raise legal questions. […]

Oil Shale Probe Wrong Policy, Critics Say

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A decision to investigate oil shale production in the western United States is another example of White House efforts to send more jobs overseas, a critic said. The U.S. Interior Department last week announced plans to investigate potential environment effects of oil production on federal land in Colorado, Utah and […]

New Malware Attacks Target Online Banking

LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Computer criminals have found a way to hack their way past the latest generation of online banking security techniques, British researchers say. In the scheme, account holders are tricked by an offer of training in a new “upgraded security system” after being logged into the bank’s real site, after which […]

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