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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 […]

Florida Has Worst Invasive Species Problem

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) — Florida has the world’s worst invasive amphibian and reptile problem and the pet trade is the number one cause of species’ introduction, a report says. A University of Florida researcher says from 1863 through 2010, 137 non-native amphibian and reptile species were brought into the southern U.S. state, with […]

Large Black Holes Found In Small Galaxies

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 15 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say finding supermassive black holes in surprisingly small galaxies suggests central black holes form at an early stage in galaxy evolution. All massive galaxies host a central supermassive black hole, but active black holes are rarely seen in small “dwarf” galaxies, researchers at the University of […]

Mouse Genomes Aid Human Disease Studies

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Sequencing the genomes of 17 common strains of laboratory mice will help identify genes responsible for diseases in both mice and humans, U.S. researchers say. By enabling scientists to understand the DNA differences between the 17 strains of mice, the premier genetic model for studying human diseases, the new genome […]

Amber Holds 80 Million-Year-Old Feathers

EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 15 (UPI) — The evolution of feathers on birds and dinosaurs 80 million years ago was captured and frozen in tree sap turned to amber, Canadian researchers say. Scientists at the University of Alberta say the amber contains protofeathers possibly from non-avian dinosaurs as well as plumage very similar to modern birds. […]


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