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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 […]

House Wants More Testimony On Solyndra

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department is urged to make the author of a legal memorandum on the Solyndra loan available for transcribed interviews, lawmakers say. Members of the Republican-led House of Representatives are putting pressure on the White House following the bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra. The company received a […]

Calculation Of Pi Sets Record

TOKYO, Oct. 19 (UPI) — A U.S. computer scientist and a Japanese systems engineer say they’ve computed the value of pi to 10 trillion digits, doubling the previous Guinness record. Calculating so many digits of pi — the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — serves no useful mathematical purposes since pi is […]

Study: Childhood Stress Ups Smoking Odds

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 19 (UPI) — Early childhood adversity increases the likelihood of developing nicotine addiction in later life, U.S. researchers say. A study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology suggests the early life stress could affect men and women differently and that there may be a genetic component. The findings by Joel Gelernter of […]

Brains Of Facebook Users Show Differences

LONDON, Oct. 19 (UPI) — British researchers say people with lots of friends on Facebook tend to have several areas of the brain larger than those of Facebook users with fewer friends. “We were interested in understanding whether social networks and our participation in them is reflected in brain structure and function,” lead researcher Geraint […]

State Department Eyes Keystone XL Concerns

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said it was reviewing lawmakers’ concerns about a potential conflict of interest in the review of the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernard Sanders, Ind.-Vt., said in a letter to the State Department that its decision to hire Texas […]

GOP Pushes Back On Solyndra Records

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — U.S. lawmakers said they’re entitled to see internal White House documents regarding the loan for bankrupt Solyndra unless the president clearly says otherwise. Members of the Republican-led House of Representatives are investigating the $535 million loan guarantee for California solar panel company Solyndra. The company was touted as the centerpiece […]

German Satellite Set To Fall To Earth

BERLIN, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Another satellite is expected to plummet to Earth this weekend, though the timing and location cannot be precisely determined, European scientists said. The decommissioned German ROSAT satellite, the size of a large car, is set to fall to Earth somewhere either Saturday and Sunday, Fox News reported Tuesday. The satellite […]

New Name Sought For Iconic U.S. Telescope

MAGDALENA, N.M., Oct. 18 (UPI) — The Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico, with its multiple dishes familiar to audiences of movies like “Contact,” needs a new name, officials said. The public is being asked to submit suggestions for a new name for the facility to mark the end of a decade’s worth […]

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