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Florida Jellyfish Invasion Killed Fish

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) — A massive influx of jellyfish that shut down a Florida nuclear power plant in late August also killed several tons of protected grouper fish, officials said. Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie plant was shut down for two days because of the jellyfish invasion, and wildlife officials and […]

Images Capture Destruction Of Mountains

OXFORD, England, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Images from Pacific Ocean waters 4 miles deep reveal one of Earth’s most violent processes as massive underwater mountains are destroyed, researchers said. The pictures, created by sonar, reveal how tectonic action is dragging giant volcanoes into a chasm in the seabed, a highly active fault line running north […]

Showing Skin Can Bring Negative Response

HAMILTON, Ontario, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Women who dress provocatively attract criticism from peers amid fears they are a threat to those in otherwise monogamous relationships, Canadian researchers say. Researchers from McMaster University in Canada invited students to take part in a discussion on conflict in female friendships, and while the students waited for the […]

Long-Ignored Dinosaur Fossil Identified

CLAREMONT, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) — A dinosaur fossil sitting for 100 years on various museum shelves has been identified as a previously unknown species, a California museum says. Parts of the skulls of at least two horned dinosaurs were discovered in 1916 and sent to The Natural History Museum in London. However, the fossils […]

Rocks Show History Of Oxygen On Earth

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) — The creation of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere was a long process of starts and stops, not a single continuous event, U.S. researchers say. Geoscientists say the evidence comes from rock cores from a deep drilling project in northwest Russia in 2007. The Far Deep project drilled a series of 2-inch […]

Ravens Seen To Communicate With Gestures

POCKING, Germany, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Ravens may be even smarter than previously thought, using gestures to communicate among themselves, a European study suggests. The birds commonly use gestures such as showing and offering objects to each other including moss, stones and twigs, which puts them in rare company as the only non-primate confirmed as […]

Most ‘Earth-Like’ Planet Yet Is Discovered

MOFFAT FIELD, Calif., Dec. 5 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say an Earth-like planet outside the solar system is in its star’s “habitable” zone with a surface temperature averaging a balmy 72 degrees. The planet discovered by the Kepler space telescope orbits a star about 600 light years away, close by astronomical standards, researchers announced Monday […]

Biggest Black Holes Ever Are Observed

BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 5 (UPI) — U.S astronomers say they’ve gathered data on the biggest black holes yet discovered in the universe, behemoths 10 times as big as our solar system. Such giant black holes may have consumed billions of stars and could be the gravitational cornerstones of galaxies from the early years of the […]

‘Double’ Tsunami Increased Destruction

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 5 (UPI) — The March 2011 tsunami in Japan was a long-hypothesized “merging tsunami” that doubled its destructive power before reaching shore, scientists said. Researchers from NASA and the Ohio State University said satellites captured not just one wave front that day, but at least two — which merged to form a […]

U.S. Outlines Gulf Restoration Plans

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) — An effort to restore U.S. Gulf Coast river basins after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy comes with a 1,100 percent increase in funding, a U.S. official said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its Gulf of Mexico initiative to restore coastal communities affected by last year’s oil spill represents a 1,100 […]


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