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Researchers: Old Helmets Were Just As Good

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 7 (UPI) — Old-fashioned “leatherhead” football helmets protect as well as and sometimes better than the current models, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, Case Reserve Western University and West Virginia’s United Hospital Center said they were surprised by the findings from impact tests on both types of helmets. Modern […]

Asteroid To Fly Close To Earth

PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 7 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they will be keeping a close watch on an asteroid that will come within 201,700 miles of the earth Tuesday afternoon. NASA said scientists with the agency’s Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., and the Arecibo Plantetary Radar Facility in Puerto Rico will be tracking asteroid […]

Giant Solar Flare Detected

PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 7 (UPI) — A giant sunspot that erupted last week has been ranked as one of the largest solar flares seen in years, U.S. scientists said. NASA said a powerful solar flare that erupted Thursday on the sun’s surface has been classified as a powerful X1.9 flare. The flare triggered some disruption […]

New Camera Can ‘See’ Pollution

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 2 (UPI) — A new sensor records thousands of colors, many invisible to the eye, and detects environmental hazards and contaminants in real time, Israeli researchers say. The human eye sees only three bands of light — red, green and blue — but researchers at Tel Aviv University say their “hyperspectral” […]

Subpoena For Solyndra Documents Coming

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) — Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said they would subpoena the White House for documents related to bankrupt solar company Solyndra. Republican House members said the bankruptcy of Solyndra, recipient of a $535 million federal loan guarantee, was likely the “tip of the iceberg” of problems tied to U.S. […]

Protection Sought For Florida Sea Horses

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) — A U.S. environmental group says it wants federal protection for a Florida species of sea horse threatened by coastal development and commercial fishing. The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the federal government to make the inch-long dwarf sea horse the first sea horse on the endangered species […]

Peru Forges Ahead With $4.8 Billion Gold, Copper Mine Project

LIMA, Nov. 3 (UPI) — Peru is forging ahead with a gold and copper mine that entails international partnerships and promises to catapult the country higher into the precious metal producers’ big league. Boosting gold output is high on Peru’s agenda and the government has pursued the goal with the aim of becoming the world’s […]

U.S. Could Face Another Dust Bowl Era

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 3 (UPI) — With ongoing drought, the American West may be entering a period when it will see dust storms on a scale to dwarf the 1930s Dust Bowl era, researchers say. As evidence they point to the giant dust storms known as haboobs that hit Arizona last summer, some more than […]

Company Working On Turning Brown Eyes Blue

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) — A California company says it is testing a laser-based process that can permanently turn brown eyes blue, something it says a lot of brown-eyed people want. Stroma Medical of Laguna Beach says the process is not reversible and cannot be used to turn blue eyes brown, but its […]

Invasive Insect Pest Found In Hawaii

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 1 (UPI) — A common pest on the U.S. mainland known for its tropical smell has invaded a tropical territory, Hawaii, and looks ready to stay, researchers say. Scientists at Purdue University report odorous house ants, so-called because they tend to invade houses and smell like coconut if stepped on, have […]

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