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Rare Moonbow Photographed In Japan

TOKYO, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A rare nighttime lunar rainbow over Japan’s southernmost islands was captured by a meteorological observatory camera, scientists said. In the rare phenomenon, a ghostly multicolored arc is created by light reflected off the surface of the moon and always appears in the opposite part of the sky from the moon, […]

Emergency Phone Holds Charge For 15 Years

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A U.S. manufacturer of mobile phone accessories say its new cell phone can hold its charge in a desk drawer or car glove compartment for 15 years. Meant as an emergency phone, the SpareOne was introduced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by XPAL Power, PCWorld.com […]

U.S. Targets Iran With More Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — The U.S. government said sanctions on companies tied to the Iranian energy sector are an important step in deterring Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton imposed sanctions on Zhuhai Zhenrong Co, based in China, Kuo Oil, based in Singapore, and FAL Oil Co. Ltd, […]

Space Station Dodges Super-Fast Debris

HOUSTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — The International Space Station dodged a small but super-fast piece of orbiting communication debris Friday, NASA said. The crew fired the Zvezda service module thrusters at 11:10 a.m. EST to avoid a 4-inch piece of a former communications satellite orbiting at very high speed in the space station’s general direction […]

Waterproof Gadgets A Big CES Hit

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Electronic gadgets that can survive water dunking — accidental or otherwise — are a surprise hit of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, analysts say. Waterproofing of tablets, smartphones and other devices is a major theme of this year’s CES, with a number of manufacturers happy to demonstrate […]

Tiniest Creature With A Backbone Found

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 11 (UPI) — A tiny frog discovered in New Guinea — so small it can sit in the center of a U.S. dime — is the world’s tiniest vertebrate, U.S. researchers say. Louisiana State University researcher Chris Austin recently discovered two new species of frogs in New Guinea, one of which, […]

Insecticides Said Culprit In Bee Decline

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 11 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they may have identified a common insecticide as one factor in the mysterious decline of honeybee numbers in recent years. Scientists at Purdue University said analyses of bees found dead in and around hives in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides, commonly used to […]

World’s First Wind-Up Tablet Introduced

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11 (UPI) — A U.S. group aiming to bring low-cost computing to the developing world says it wants to put a tablet computer into the hands of the world’s poorest children. One Laptop Per Child introduced what it says is the world’s first wind-up tablet computer at the Consumer Electronics Show in […]

Study: Smartphone Addiction A Problem

CHESTER, England, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Some people are so addicted to their smartphones they hear “phantom vibrations” because they are desperate to receive new messages, a British study has found. Smartphone addicts become obsessive about checking their e-mail accounts and social networking sites to the point of raising their stress levels, a conference of […]

Wildlife Trade Bringing Viruses To U.S.

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) — A study has found evidence of retroviruses in illegally imported wildlife and animal products seized at several U.S. international airports, researchers say. The study led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly demonstrates potential human health risks from the illegal wildlife trade at major international travel […]

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