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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 […]

U.S., Russia To Examine Antarctica

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Russian and U.S. scientists started a five-day inspection Monday to review environmental effects of foreign stations in Antarctica, the U.S. government said. The U.S. State Department announced it was teaming with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inspect foreign stations in Antarctica. “The U.S.-Russian team will review adherence by […]

Nobody’s Filling Up On Gas, API Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Slow consumer spending in the United States was in part to blame for weakness in the gasoline sector, the American Petroleum Institute said. Petroleum deliveries to the United States declined 1.2 percent to around 18.9 million barrels per day last year when compared with 2010. This, the API said, represented […]

Commercial Launch To Space Station Delayed

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Jan. 19 (UPI) — The first launch of a private spacecraft to the International Space Station has been postponed for additional engineering tests, its U.S. manufacturer says. California company Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, was working toward a Feb. 7 launch of its unmanned Dragon capsule but has announced a delay for more […]

Snake Movement Inspires Robot Maker

ATLANTA, Jan. 19 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’re studying the locomotion of a flexible, efficient animal, the snake, to improve all-terrain robots for search-and-rescue missions. Scientists at Georgia Tech say a successful robot must be flexible enough to move across uneven surfaces yet not so big it’s restricted from tight spaces, and might also […]

Foxes Make Comeback On Catalina Island

AVALON, Calif., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Foxes on California’s Catalina Island have experienced one of the most remarkable recoveries known for an endangered species, wildlife experts say. The population has recovered to more than 1,500 after crashing to about 100 in the 1990s when the animals were ravaged by a distemper epidemic scientists believe was […]

Solar Blast Heads Toward Earth

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) — NASA says its satellites detected a moderate solar blast on its way to Earth. The blast carries highly energetic particles from the sun. The “Long Duration M3.2 Class Solar Flare” started at 8:42 a.m. EST Thursday and released the blast headed toward Earth at 630 miles per second, the space […]

Study: Dead Sea Once Almost Dried Up

JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Scientists say a research drilling project in the Dead Sea suggests its waters dried up almost completely as a result of climate change about 125,000 years ago. Drilling efforts to 300 yards deep in the center of the sea recovered sediments revealing information about ancient climactic conditions both in the […]

Search For Da Vanci Work Is Controversial

FLORENCE, Italy, Jan. 18 (UPI) — U.S. and Italian art historians say they believe a work by Leonardo da Vinci may be hidden behind a Florence palace wall covered by a later 16th-century fresco. The dramatic battle scene in the Palazzo Vecchio, the work of Renaissance artist Georgio Vasari, may be covering an even older […]

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