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India: Churches Pay For Big Families

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, Oct. 7 (UPI) — A number of Christian churches in the Indian state of Kerala have begun offering incentives to couples to produce more children, officials say. After a report submitted to Kerala’s chief minister proposed imposing a strict two-child policy, church groups said they were worried about the dwindling number of Christians, […]

Use Of Ancient Buildings In Turkey Debated

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 (UPI) — Ancient buildings discovered in Turkey thought by some to be the world’s oldest temples may not be religious structures at all, a Canadian archaeologist says. The buildings at Gobekli, a hilltop just outside the Turkish city of Urfa, were found in 1995. The oldest structures are immense, with large stone […]

Study: Some ‘Fish Out Of Water’ Do Well

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Oct. 7 (UPI) — Some aquatic fish can move effectively on land without specialized anatomical attributes, a finding with evolutionary implications, a U.S. scientist says. Biology Professor Alice Gibb and her research team at Northern Arizona University said their study suggests the nervous system, in its control of bones and muscles, can allow […]

Tiny Drones Used In Archaeology

MOSCOW, Oct. 7 (UPI) — European archaeologists say a tiny remote-control drone is helping them capture images to construct a 3-D model of ancient burial mounds in Russia. It can be difficult to reach and map sites in remote and rugged areas, given limited budgets archaeologists often have to work with, and the small, inexpensive […]

Quick Test Can Measure Mecury Pollution

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 7 (UPI) — A U.S. researcher says he’s come up with a fast, inexpensive test for mercury pollution that could be useful for developing countries like China and India. Mercury pollution is a persistent problem in countries where coal-burning remains a major resource of power generation, making water and soil unusable […]

Fish Behavior May Seal Their Fate

KINGSTON, Ontario, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Whether a fish is timid or bold may seal its fate, determining how likely it is to be caught or captured, Canadian researchers say. Scientists at Queen’s University in Ontario studied the personalities of bluegill sunfish caught by two different capture techniques: angling with a hook on a fishing […]

Body Clock Could Be Transplant Concern

AUGUSTA, Ga., Oct. 4 (UPI) — The human circadian rhythm, the so-called “body clock,” may affect the success rate of organ transplants, U.S. researchers say. While some human studies have suggested the time of day transplant surgery is performed can influence the outcome, research at Georgia Health Sciences University on mice with dysfunctional internal clocks […]

U.S. Wants Public Opinion On Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) — The public is invited to voice opinions in person or in print to the U.S. government regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. State Department said. The State Department announced the schedule of a meeting Friday in Washington for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. “The purpose of the meeting is […]

House Angered By Obama’s Solyndra Comments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) — House Republicans are angry after President Barack Obama said he didn’t have regrets over a loan to a solar panel company that later filed for bankruptcy. Obama, in an interview with ABC News, said he didn’t have regrets about the federal loan of $535 million to solar panel company Solyndra, […]

U.S. Sues Astronaut Over Space Camera

PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) — A federal judge in Florida has refused Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s request to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks the return of a space camera. The 80-year-old Mitchell got slapped with the government suit after he tried to sell a data acquisition camera he brought back from the […]

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