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Mars Rover Finds Evidence Mars Had Water Fresh Enough For Life

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — Mineral analysis by the Mars Opportunity Rover shows the planet had liquid water 4 billion years ago so fresh it could have supported life, NASA scientists say. The findings were announced in an edition of the journal Science released Friday to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Mars Opportunity Rover […]

Indonesia Makes Arrest In Case Of Smuggling Protected Wildlife

JAKARTA (UPI) — Indonesian officials say they arrested an international wildlife trader who specialized in smuggling baby primates, Komodo dragons and other protected wildlife. The arrest was made in Bali by forest rangers from the Ministry of Forestry who confiscated four endangered Javan gibbons, four baby siamangs — a type of gibbon — and two […]

Study: Overfishing Threatens A Quarter Of The World’s Sharks And Rays

VNACOUVER, British Columbia (UPI) — A quarter of the world’s cartilaginous fish, namely sharks and rays, face extinction within the next few decades through overfishing, Canadian scientists say. That’s the conclusion of the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which conducted a study to systematically and globally assess the fate […]

Gender Differences Found In Memory; Men Have More Problems Remembering

TRONDHEIM, Norway (UPI) — There are gender differences in memory, Norwegian scientists say, and men have more problems than women do in remembering dates, faces or conversations. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, as part of a large national population health study, asked 48,000 people nine questions about how well […]

Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 320,000 Requests For Data In 2013

NEW YORK (UPI) — Verizon says it received more than 320,000 requests for customer information from U.S. Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies in 2013. That number was more than 100 times as many as requests from any other country, Verizon Communications said in its first surveillance transparency report. It also dwarfed the number […]

Study: Anonymity Online Increases Amount Of Hateful Language

HOUSTON (UPI) — Anonymity makes a difference online, U.S. researchers say, with more than half of anonymous comments containing vulgar, racist, profane or hateful language. In comparison, only 28.7 percent of non-anonymous comments analyzed in a University of Houston study were found to be uncivil, they said. Comparing the tone of thousands of online comments […]

Scientists Mimic Seashells’ Technique To Preserve Ancient Bones

FLORENCE, Italy (UPI) — Italian scientists say they’ve turned to seashells for inspiration for a technique of better preserving bones for archaeologists and paleontologists to study. Looking into humanity’s past by studying ancient bones can hit a snag when they deteriorate, the researchers said, as a process similar to osteoporosis causes bones discovered at historically […]

More Experience, Rather Than Age, Is Why Our Brains Slow Down

TUEBINGEN, Germany (UPI) — Our brains slow as we age not because of cognitive decline but because the have so much more experience to wade through, European researchers say. While it has long been assumed age leads to a steady deterioration of brain function, researchers at the University of Tuebingen in Germany suggest older brains […]

Plant Virus May Be Infecting Honeybees, Leading To Colony Declines

BELTSVILLE, Md. (UPI) — A viral pathogen that typically infects plants has been found in honeybees and could help explain a decline in their numbers, U.S. researchers say. It could be involved in the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious malady that has wiped out entire hives in the United States since it […]

Turkeys’ Color-Changing Skin Inspires Smartphone Toxin Sensor

BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — U.S. researchers said they’ve turned to the animal world, particularly to turkeys, for inspiration for a smartphone system to detect toxins. A new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors mimics the skin on a turkey’s head, which can turn from red to blue to white thanks […]


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