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Bandages Glow To Warn Of Infection

SHEFFIELD, England, Sept. 16 (UPI) — Medical researchers at a British university say they’ve created a dressing that glows under ultraviolet light if a wound or injury gets infected. Scientists at Sheffield University say the dressings contain a gel with molecules that bind to infectious bacteria and activate a fluorescent dye that glows pink under […]

Balloon Experiment To Study Gamma Rays

DURHAM, N.H., Sept. 16 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’ll send a balloon up 130,000 feet to measure radiation from the remains of a supernova explosion 6,500 light years from Earth. The first opportunity in a week-long launch window at NASA’s balloon facility in New Mexico will come Sunday, a University of New Hampshire release […]

Enigma Machine To Be Auctioned In London

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) — A version of one of the most famous encryption machines in history, World War II-era Germany’s Enigma, is coming up for auction in London. The machine is to go on the block Sept. 29 at Christie’s, CNN reported. James Hyslop of Christie’s said few Enigma machines come up for sale, […]

Stone Age Skulls On Stakes Found In Sweden

MOTALA, Sweden, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Swedish archaeologists say their discovery of Stone Age skulls mounted on wooden stakes is the first finding of its kind in the world. The skulls were unearthed from a lake bed in central Sweden near the town of Motala, The Local reported Monday. “We found two skulls that still […]

Toxins Linked To Gulf War Illnesses

WACO, Texas, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Gulf War veterans suffering illnesses linked to their deployments were exposed to different toxins depending on where they served, a U.S. report says. Forward-deployed troops show illnesses related to anti-nerve-agents pills they were given while pesticides were toxins most encountered by support personnel in the rear, the report by […]

Ancient Croc Found In Colombian Coal Mine

BOGOTA, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Paleontologists say they’ve discovered the fossil of a 20-foot extinct crocodile relative in a coal mine in Colombia. The massive freshwater crocodile, dubbed Acherontisuchus guajiraensis, would have lived at the same time and possibly in the same rainforest environment as the world’s longest snake, known as Titanoboa and thought to […]

Early Numbers Skill Predicts Math Ability

BALTIMORE, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Preschoolers’ ability to estimate quantities prior to any formal math education can predict their mathematics ability in elementary school, a U.S. study says. A study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore found children’s ability to make numerical estimates in preschool was linked to their performance on mathematical more than […]

Obama Censures Iceland For Whaling

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) — Opponents of whaling called on the White House to follow its censure of Iceland by taking similar action against Japan and Norway. U.S. President Barack Obama in a letter to Cabinet officials ordered the secretaries of state and commerce to urge Iceland to halt commercial whaling activities. Obama censured Iceland […]

Solyndra Critique A Matter Of Politics?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) — The “scheduling” issue with Solyndra cost taxpayers $535 million, Republicans note, but the White House spokesman said much of the criticism could be political. U.S. President Barack Obama is facing a backlash over his so-called green jobs initiative following the bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra. The FBI raided Solyndra’s […]

U.S. Supportive Of Pakistan’s Energy Needs

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) — Though Islamabad aims to develop a gas pipeline with Iran, U.S. officials in Pakistan said Washington was committed to helping avert an energy crisis. Tehran said it finished work on its section of a pipeline from the South Pars natural gas complex in the Persian Gulf. Pakistani officials said […]

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