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Cassini Delivers Saturn Holiday Pictures

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 22 (UPI) — NASA says its Cassini spacecraft has delivered some holiday gifts in the form of stunning new images of the planet Saturn and its varied moons. The pictures, released by Cassini’s imaging team, show Saturn’s largest, most colorful “holiday ornament,” the moon Titan, and other icy baubles in orbit around […]

Pigeons Shown To Have Number Sense

OTAGO, New Zealand, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Pigeons can match primates in their numerical abilities, such as putting numbers in order, New Zealand researchers say. Scientists at the University of Otago said their experiments showed pigeons can compare pairs of images picturing as many as nine objects and order them from the lower to higher […]

NASA Releases ‘Close-Ups’ Of Asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) — NASA says its Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta from its closest approach to the object yet. Taken from a low-altitude mapping orbit, the pictures show a rippled and lumpy surface in greater detail than ever before, providing scientists with clues about […]

Michigan Official Hails Delisting Of Wolves

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 23 (UPI) — The removal of gray wolves from the U.S endangered species list means Michigan can devote more resources to less glamorous animals, wildlife officials say. This includes Michigan’s only venomous snake, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Russ Mason, head of the wildlife division of the state department […]

U.S. Wants Better EV Charging Stations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced it was providing awards totaling nearly $7 million for research into how to cut costs for electric vehicle chargers. The department announced it was provided awards totaling as much as $7 million to manufacturers in California, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to look into […]

Praise, Scorn Over New Mercury Rules

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Action by U.S. environmental regulators on mercury pollution is overdue though at least one critic says new standards are a blow to the utility sector. U.S. President Barack Obama used a presidential memorandum to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to implement new mercury and air toxics standards. The EPA said […]

China Reports Massive Vehicle Emissions

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Motor vehicles produced more than 52 million tons of pollutants in China last year, a government report indicates. The pollutants — including 40.8 million tons of carbon monoxide, 5.99 million tons of nitrogen oxide, 4.87 million tons of hydrocarbon and 598,000 tons of particulate matters — are believed to be […]

Lockerbie Bomber Claims Innocence

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Lockerbie bombing convict Abdelbaset al-Megrahi says he’s innocent after Scottish authorities spoke with U.S. authorities on the 1988 airliner bombing. Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer, was convicted in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in which 270 people were killed. He was released from prison […]

Winter Solstice Is Darkest Day Of The Year

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 22 (UPI) — Thursday is the darkest day of the year with the shortest amount of time between sunrise and sunset, and it’s all due to the Earth’s tilt, U.S. scientists say. The amount of sunlight for the Dec. 21 winter solstice varies by region, however, with New York, for example, […]

Study Points To Origin Of Syphilis

ATLANTA, Dec. 20 (UPI) — A study has confirmed syphilis did not exist in Europe before Columbus made his 1492 voyage, and it came back with his crew, researchers say. Anthropologists at Emory University say they re-analyzed European skeletons that some previous researchers said proved syphilis existed in Europe and other parts of the Old […]


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