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High-Tech Comes To Festival Wristbands

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Identification wristbands with microchips are showing up at major European music festivals with many more organizers considering the technology, experts say. Makers of the wristbands say they combat ticket fraud and scalping and can be preloaded with funds to pay for goods and services at festival sites, the BBC reported […]

Strong Earthquake Hits Antarctica

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Two strong earthquakes 40 minutes apart this weekend rocked remote islands in Antarctica, the U.S. Geological Survey says. The USGS said the first, a 6.6-magnitude temblor, was at a depth of 6 miles about 334 miles west of Coronation Island in the South Shetland Islands and struck at 8:40 a.m. […]

Rhino Poaching Up In South Africa

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Jan. 16 (UPI) — South Africa says it will put 150 extra rangers in the world-renowned Kruger National Park in response to record poaching of rhinoceros for their horns. Park rangers found eight dead rhinos in the park in just one day last week, the BBC reported Monday. South Africa is a […]

Endangered Wildlife Trafficking Alleged

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) — An undercover operation led to a dozen people being arrested in Southern California and Las Vegas on charges of selling endangered animals, authorities say. The 12 suspects caught in Operation Cyberwild allegedly trafficked in endangered or illegal wildlife, or products made from them, the Los Angeles Times reported. The […]

Security Of Internet Dating Sites Examined

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 13 (UPI) — Some dating Web sites are compromising the privacy and security of members by not removing GPS location information from submitted photos, U.S. researchers say. A class research project at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business examined 90 dating sites and found 21 that did not properly […]

Publishers Slow Library E-Books

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) — U.S. libraries are struggling to get up to speed with the new way of reading books — in digital format on e-readers, librarians and others say. The Washington Post reported Saturday that in Maryland, for example, the state’s libraries doubled their total of copyright e-books available to fewer than 10,000 […]

Solyndra Bonus Angers House Republicans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The White House will be held accountable for the $500 million worth of taxpayer money wasted on solar panel company Solyndra, critics said. Republican lawmakers accuse U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration of neglect in the vetting of a $535 loan guarantee for Solyndra. The company earned scorn from Obama’s critics […]

Political Ads Go Digital And Social

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Republican presidential candidates are turning to the Internet, spending millions of dollars on political ads with Google, Facebook and Twitter, analysts say. Tech entities are providing candidates new venues for ads, hiring political consultants and sponsoring debates in a competition for the top spot in political social media circles — […]

National Borders Said Visible From Space

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Contrary to conventional wisdom, some international borders on Earth are, in fact, visible from space, a veteran U.S. astronaut says. Former NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld, now associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, told an astronomical gathering in Austin, Texas, that political demarcations between countries are sometimes visible from […]

Drought Lingers As Threat In U.S. West

VALLES CALDERA, N.M., Jan. 12 (UPI) — Conditions creating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of forest and woodlands in the western United States last year could continue, scientists say. Severe, prolonged drought and soaring temperatures could threaten forests and scarce water resources, experts said, in a region that saw the worst wildfires in a […]

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