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House Furious Over Solyndra’s Silence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) — House Republicans expressed concern over U.S. Energy Department loans for clean energy programs, saying the scandal over Solyndra is reason for caution. Republican lawmakers said they are concerned about the expected $9 billion in loan guarantees from the Energy Department given the recent bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra, once […]

Large Satellite To Fall To Earth

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) — A large satellite as big as a bus will fall to Earth this week but NASA scientists say they aren’t sure which day or where it will hit. NASA says the 12-500-pound Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will probably fall to Earth Friday but it could be Thursday or Saturday. The […]

Dinosaur Killer Suspect ‘Not Guilty’

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Data from a space telescope suggest the family of asteroids thought to have caused the death of the dinosaurs is probably not the culprit, U.S. astronomers say. Previous theories held the asteroid that crashed into Earth 65 million years ago and led to the demise of dinosaurs came from the […]

Leeches Help Save Woman’s Face

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 20 (UPI) — Hundreds of leeches were applied to a woman’s face to treat a large wound inflicted by her own dog, doctors in Sweden said. The woman was rushed to a hospital after the dog unexpectedly attacked her, ripping off a large piece of her face from her upper lip to […]

Astronauts Reporting Vision Problems

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) — Astronauts who’ve spent long periods in space have experienced blurred vision, a problem that could jeopardize long missions like a trip to Mars, NASA says. In a NASA survey of about 300 astronauts, 30 percent who have flown on two-week space shuttle missions and 60 percent who’ve spent six […]

Woman With Two Wombs Delivers Twins

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) — A Florida mother with the rare medical condition of possessing two uteruses has given birth to fraternal twins, one from each womb, doctors said. Her rare condition, called uterus didelphys, can lead to infertility, but Andreea Barbosa of Clearwater defied the odds and simultaneously conceived a boy and a […]

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 […]

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