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Russia Hints At Spacecraft Interference

MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (UPI) — A Russian space official said a Mars-bound spacecraft due to crash to Earth soon may have failed because it was struck by some type of anti-satellite weapon. Roscosmos Director Vladimir Popovkin, in making the suggestion in an interview Tuesday, did not say who he thought might want to target or […]

Protestant Pastors Split On Age Of The Earth

NASHVILLE, Jan. 11 (UPI) — America’s Protestant pastors say they overwhelmingly reject the theory of evolution but are evenly split on the age of the Earth, a survey reported. When asked in a survey released Monday by the Southern Baptist Convention if “God used evolution to create people,” 73 percent of pastors said they disagreed, […]

Report: Wastewater Can Be Drinking Source

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) — More Americans are drinking recycled wastewater, whether they’re aware of it or not, and more will have to do so as the U.S. population expands, research says. A report by the National Research Council said treated wastewater poses no greater health risks than existing water supplies and in some instances […]

Canaveral Has Busy 2012 Launch Schedule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 11 (UPI) — The director of Florida’s Cape Canaveral rocket range says a busy 2012 launch schedule is proof there’s life after the end of NASA’s shuttle program. A dozen launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are set for the coming months, including missions critical to the International Space Station, […]

Study: Dogs Pick Up On Communication Cues

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 6 (UPI) — Dogs pick up not only on words people say but also on the intent to communicate with them, a report published in a U.S. scientific journal says. Dogs’ receptivity to human communication is surprisingly similar to the receptivity of very young children, the article in Current Biology said. The […]

Study: Bacteria, Currents Eased Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) — Ravenous bacteria helped rapidly cleanse the Gulf of Mexico of much of the oil and gas released in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010, researchers say. A report released Monday by the National Academy of Sciences credited hungry bacteria, fortuitous ocean currents and sea floor topography with purging the oil […]

Terror Groups Recruiting With Social Media

HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 9 (UPI) — Terrorist groups are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to recruit supporters across geographical borders, an Israeli researcher says. Gabriel Weimann of the University of Haifa says a number of Facebook groups are requesting “friends” to join and support Hezbollah, Hamas and other armed groups labeled […]

Study: Internet Can Track Disease Outbreak

BOSTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) — Internet postings allowed the cholera epidemic after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake to be tracked more rapidly than traditional methods can, a report says. Research published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found data from “informal” media sources monitoring an outbreak of a disease in a resource-limited […]

‘Extinct’ Galapagos Tortoises May Be Alive

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 9 (UPI) — Scientists say genetic analysis shows a species of Galapagos tortoise thought extinct for 150 years may be living on one of the archipelago’s islands. Researchers at Yale University said the analysis suggests direct descendants of Chelonoidis elephantopus may be living on the volcanic slopes of Isabela Island, 200 […]

Dolphins Showing Up On World Dinner Plates

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UPI) — U.S. and Canadian conservationists say a survey found marine mammals like whales, dolphins and manatees are increasingly on the menu in poor countries. Declines in coastal fish catches have resulted in people in many developing countries seeking other sources of protein and sea mammals are increasingly being tapped as […]

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