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Company To Unveil ‘Smart’ Home Thermostat

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) — A former Apple executive says he’s moved on from smartphones and computers and set his sights on the next digital challenge — the humble home thermostat. “We’ve built the world’s first learning thermostat — a thermostat for the iPhone generation,” Tony Fadell said of the effort of his […]

Mineral Could Yield Clues To Martian Water

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 21 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say a mineral found on the surface of Mars can give clues as to when, and under what circumstances, water was present on the planet. Researchers at Syracuse say the mineral jarosite — found in rocks analyzed by the Mars rover Opportunity — can only form in […]

Two New Star Clusters Seen In Milky Way

MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 21 (UPI) — European astronomers say they’ve discovered two new globular star clusters near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery of a new globular cluster in the Milky Way is rare. The last one was discovered in 2010, and only 158 globular clusters were known in the galaxy before […]

Planets May Be Forming Around Distant Star

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 21 (UPI) — A new image of spiral arms in the gas and dust around a sun-like star may provide clues to the presence of embedded but as-yet-unseen planets, NASA says. Two spiral arms have been observed emerging from the gas-rich disk around SAO 206462, a young star in the constellation Lupus, […]

German Satellite Returns To Earth

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (UPI) — A defunct German satellite the size of car crashed to Earth Saturday night but trackers said it wasn’t known where it went down. Space.com reported officials at the German Aerospace Center said the Roentgen Satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere sometime between 9:45 p.m. EDT and 10:15 p.m. EDT but its […]

BP Gets Nod For Gulf Of Mexico Work

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 24 (UPI) — U.S. regulators said a supplemental exploration plan was approved for BP’s work in the Gulf of Mexico, its first since the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010. An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010 led to one of the world’s worst oil spills and led to […]

Ways To Ease Math Anxiety Studied

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a brain study has revealed how successful students overcome math anxiety by controlling their fears. Researchers at the University of Chicago say they found that for the highly math-anxious there is a strong link between math success and activity in areas of the brain involved in controlling […]

Planet-Sized Object As Cool As Earth Found

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Oct. 20 (UPI) — The Spitzer Space Telescope has captured images of the coldest companion object to be directly imaged outside our solar system, U.S. scientists say. Penn State astronomy Professor Kevin Luhman said the planet-sized brown dwarf moving through space with a companion white dwarf star is as cool as Earth. […]

New Model Better Predictor Of Space Storms

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 20 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say a sophisticated forecast model improves predictions of space weather that affects people and technology-based infrastructure used daily. Researchers at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration say the new model allows them to track and forecast explosions on the sun that can cause geomagnetic and solar radiation […]

Study: No Negative Impact From E-Readers

MAINZ, Germany, Oct. 20 (UPI) — A comparison of reading texts on paper with reading from an e-book found no disadvantages associated with the electronic version, European researchers say. “This study provides us with a scientific basis for dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects,” Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz researcher […]

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