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‘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 […]

Ancient Meat-Eating Predator Described

HEIDELBERG, Germany, Dec. 6 (UPI) — An ancient predator with a voracious appetite for meat survived a major extinction when distant relatives of mammals ruled the earth, Canadian researchers say. The species of ancient, agile predators called varanopids with saw-like teeth and sleek bodies survived for more than 35 million years and co-existed with more […]

Da Vinci Masterpiece Under Threat

MILAN, Italy, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper is threatened by tourists who come to Italy to view it and leave behind compounds from their skin, scientists say. Having survived bombings in World War II and exposure to some of the worst air pollution in Europe, the mural in the […]

Names Proposed For New Elements

LIVERMORE, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) — An international panel has proposed names for elements 114 and 116, the latest heavy elements to be added to the periodic table. The proposed names are Flerovium for element 114 and Livermorium for element 116, a release from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported Thursday. The International Union of […]

Hidden Rembrandt Painting Revealed

ANTWERP, Belgium, Dec. 2 (UPI) — An unfinished self-portrait by the Dutch master Rembrandt has been discovered under another painting, using advanced technology, European art experts said. X-ray scanning was used to detect the pigments in hidden layers of paint under another painting attributed to Rembrandt, called Old Man with a Beard, the BBC reported […]

Global Witness Leaves Diamond Regime

LONDON, Dec. 5 (UPI) — Advocacy group Global Witness announced Monday it has decided to leave the Kimberly Process governing so-called blood diamonds. Global Witness Founding Director Charmian Gooch said the Kimberly process has failed to curb violence tied to the diamond trade in major supplier countries such as Ivory Coast, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. “Nearly […]

Study: Crows Remember Colors A Year Later

TOKYO, Dec. 5 (UPI) — Japanese researchers say they found crows have long-term memory, perhaps better than humans in some ways, allowing them to remember colors for at least a year. In experiments at Utsunomiya University, the birds were able to select containers with hidden food items based on color cues after extended intervals, Kyodo […]

Chemistry Can Tell A Beer’s ‘Home’

SEVILLE, Spain, Dec. 1 (UPI) — Spanish researchers say they’ve developed a technique based on chemistry that is 99 percent accurate at revealing the country of origin of beer. Measuring the content of iron, potassium, phosphates and polyphenols, researchers at the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology correctly identified German, Spanish and Portuguese beers, a […]

Aquatic Animals May ‘Sense’ Imminent Quake

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 1 (UPI) — Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater when an earthquake is about to strike, providing a possible warning sign, U.S. and British researchers say. Scientists began to investigate these possible chemical effects after seeing a colony of toads abandon its pond in L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009 several days before […]


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