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Einstein Letter Auctioned For $13,936

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) — A 1939 letter from Albert Einstein warning of the “calamitous peril” to Jews posed by the Nazis has sold for almost $14,000, a California auction house says. The letter — written by the Nobel-winning physicist to a New York businessman, Hyman Zinn, praising him for his efforts to help […]

Ancient Human Ancestor Had Sixth Sense

ITHACA, N.Y., Oct. 11 (UPI) — We have five senses but are descended from ancestors with a sixth sense to detect electrical fields in water to find prey and communicate, U.S. scientists say. A study in the journal Nature Communications says about 30,000 species of land animals — including humans– descended from a common marine […]

LA Takes Title To Shuttle Endeavour

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) — NASA has officially handed over the title of the space shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, officials said. The retired Endeavour, the youngest shuttle of the agency’s fleet, is to be delivered to the museum next year, SPACE.com reported. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed […]

U.S. House Wants To Hear More On Fracking

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is called on to testify before a House committee on issues related to hydraulic fracturing of shale gas, a lawmaker said. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter to Salazar calling on him to testify regarding plans […]

Obama Wants Quick Review Of Green Projects

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) — The White House announced it selected energy projects as part of a list of 14 infrastructure projects slated for quick review to boost the U.S. economy. “To maintain our nation’s competitive edge, we must ensure that the United States has fast, reliable ways to move people, goods, energy and information,” […]

Scientists Take Early Mars’ Temperature

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’ve determined the surface temperature of early Mars for the first time, evidence consistent with a warmer and wetter Martian past. Analyzing a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that originated near the surface of Mars then was blasted into space to land on Earth, scientist at the California Institute […]

Study: How You Walk Can Identify You

LIVERPOOL, England, Oct. 10 (UPI) — The way people walk can identify them with almost as much accuracy as their fingerprints do, British researchers say. Researchers at the University of Liverpool analyzed more than 100,000 pressure points people’s feet create when they walk and came up with about 70 patterns said to be unique to […]

World’s Largest Virus Discovered

MARSEILLE, France, Oct. 10 (UPI) — The largest virus ever discovered, 10 to 20 times the size of the average virus, has been found in ocean waters off the coast of Chile, scientists said. Megavirus chilensis is slightly larger that the previous record holder, Mimivirus, found in a water cooling tower in Britain in 1992, […]

Study: Uranus Tilted By Multiple Impacts

NICE, France, Oct. 10 (UPI) — The planet Uranus was tipped askew to rotate on its side by several cosmic collisions rather than just one as previously thought, French researchers say. The planet’s spin axis is tilted by 98 degrees, a tilt unmatched by any other planet, including Earth’s 23 degrees. Scientists have long assumed […]

Food Insecurity Growing, U.N. Finds

ROME, Oct. 11 (UPI) — Food prices are expected to soar substantially with energy tied closer to agriculture and extreme weather events becoming more common, a U.N. report found. A report from the heads of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program concluded higher prices […]

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