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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 […]

Laser Test Can Spot ‘Blood Diamonds’

KILLEEN, Texas, Oct. 17 (UPI) — A new technique using lasers could be employed to identify so-called conflict gemstones, identifying their country of origin, U.S. researchers say. In a test, the laser technology identified which one of eight countries a diamond came from with 95 percent accuracy, reported last week. The process could eventually […]

Major Funding Needed For Food Security

ROME, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Major international investments are needed to make sure the world has enough resources to address food security, U.N. officials said from Rome. A report published last week from the heads of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program concluded higher […]

U.S. Passes New Pipeline Rules

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) — A bill passed by the U.S. Senate ensures the American public isn’t in danger of gas pipelines “exploding under their feet,” a California lawmaker said. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a pipeline safety bill late Monday. The bill was in part a response to a gas pipeline explosion in San […]

Deadly Virus Found In Pacific Salmon

SEATTLE, Oct. 18 (UPI) — A highly contagious virus that is deadly to salmon has been discovered for the first time in Pacific salmon off the coast of British Columbia, officials say. The virus, although not a threat to humans, is seen as a serious danger to fish populations in Pacific salmon farms, KCPQ-TV, Seattle, […]

Animal Groups Oppose Mouse Poisoning

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 (UPI) — Environmental groups say they oppose a plan to “bomb” mice on an island off the California coast with pesticide in an effort to eradicate them. Non-native house mice have overrun Southeast Farallon Island 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco, and federal officials want to perform an aerial […]

Big Tail Muscle Made Dinosaur Speedy

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 14 (UPI) — A meat-eating dinosaur preying on plant-eating neighbors in South America was a lot faster, and so deadlier, than first thought, a Canadian researcher says. Scott Persons of the University of Alberta said the 23-foot-long Carnotaurus had a huge tail muscle he believes made it one of the fastest-running hunters […]

DNA Of Woman, 115, Delineated

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 15 (UPI) — Scientists in the Netherlands say they have sequenced the DNA of a woman whose mind was in remarkably good shape when she died at 115 years of age. Dr. Henne Holstege of the Department of Clinical Genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center in Amsterdam says the woman, who […]

Bison Skulls Found In Missouri River

RAPID CITY, S.D., Oct. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recovered dozens of ancient bison skulls exposed by the receding Missouri River floodwater in South Dakota. The skulls, some of which are as much as 10,000 years old, were found on a sand bar near Pierre, the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal reported […]

Solar Sector Healthy Despite Solyndra

DALLAS, Oct. 17 (UPI) — The solar power industry in the United States is booming, an energy executive said as scrutiny over bankrupt solar-panel company Solyndra grows. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the energy and commerce committee, said during a hearing last week on Capitol Hill that it seemed the U.S. Department of […]


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