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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 […]

Study: CO2 Drop Drove Antarctic Ice Birth

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Dec. 1 (UPI) — A drop in carbon dioxide was the driving force behind the Antarctic ice sheet’s formation, one of the biggest climate events in Earth’s history, scientists say. Researchers at Purdue and Yale universities said the role of the greenhouse gas in the Antarctic shows carbon dioxide’s importance in past […]

Forecasters: Midwest In For Roughest Winter

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 1 (UPI) — Forecasters say the worst of what shapes up as a brutal U.S. winter will target the Midwest and its major cities with snow and cold. Large Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis will bear the brunt of the extreme conditions, AccuWeather.com reported Thursday. Other parts of the […]

Video Shows Diabetes Cell Processes

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve created a video of the cell destruction occurring in type 1 diabetes, an advance that could lead to better treatment of the disease. Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California created videos showing immune system T-cells attacking insulin-producing beta […]

Report: Smartphone Software Tracks Info

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30 (UPI) — Carrier IQ software installed on millions of phones allegedly tracks almost everything people do on their smartphones, a Connecticut software developer said. Carrier IQ, an embedded analytics company, said in a statement last week the software was designed to help mobile network providers “diagnose critical issues that lead to […]

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