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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 […]

‘Friendly’ Bacteria Help Pandas Survive

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Giant pandas survive on a very un-bear-like diet of hard-to-digest bamboo because they carry around digestive helpers in their gut, Chinese researchers say. While pandas are closely related to meat-eating bears, their vegetarian diet consists almost exclusively of bamboo that is full of hard-to-digest cellulose. Most mammals lack the ability […]

Cellphone Made To Steal Keystrokes

ATLANTA, Oct. 18 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a smartphone could be hacked to sense, record and transmit the keystrokes of a person working on a computer nearby. Researchers at Georgia Tech said by using a smartphone’s accelerometer — the internal device that detects when and how a phone is tilted — to sense keyboard […]

Biodiversity Found In All Earth’s Soils

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in arid grasslands or the tundra and woodlands as in lush tropical forests, a U.S. study says. Scientists have generally accepted that a wider range of species that live above ground can be found at the equator than at the Earth’s […]

Computers Reassembling Ancient Texts

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 18 (UPI) — A collection of historical texts scattered in more than 70 museums around the world are being “stitched” into a whole using computers, Israeli researchers say. The 350,000 fragments of the so-called Cairo Genizah include both religious texts and social and commercial documents dating from the ninth to 19th […]

Satellite Data Creates New Earth Map

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 17 (UPI) — NASA says it has released the most complete digital topographic map of Earth yet, creating it in cooperation with Japanese researchers using satellite data. The map, called a global digital elevation model, was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument aboard […]

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