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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 […]

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 […]

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