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Israel Ruins Show Early Islamic History

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 15 (UPI) — An ancient Mediterranean seaside fortress in Israel was a final stronghold of early Islamic power in the region, archaeologists say. Yavneh-Yam, an archaeological site between the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Ashdod, was known to be a functioning harbor port from the second millennium B.C. until the […]

Study: Musicianship Maintains Hearing

TORONTO, Sept. 13 (UPI) — A study suggests lifelong musicians experience less age-related hearing problems than non-musicians, Canadian researchers say. The study by the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care sought to see if lifelong musicians were less prone to the hearing problems prevalent in the elderly, who often report having difficulty understanding speech through background […]

Distant Planet Might Support Life

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Sept. 13 (UPI) — European astronomers say they have found a planet outside the solar system evidently in the right zone to support life, though life there would be no picnic. The discovery was announced at the Extreme Solar Systems conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The planet was discovered orbiting its star […]

NASA Space Telescope Reaches Milestone

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 13 (UPI) — U.S. scientists working on NASA’s James Webb Space telescope say it’s reached a major milestone with the completion of the coating of the telescope’s mirrors. The telescope’s 21 mirrors have been coated with a microscopically thin layer of gold, chosen for its ability to reflect infrared light properly from […]

U.N. Wants Better Forest Management

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 14 (UPI) — There is a significant potential for major economic and environmental losses unless steps are taken to reduce deforestation, a U.N. official said from Geneva. The U.N. Environment Program, in coordination with a coalition of financial institutes, urged world leaders at the upcoming climate conference in Durban, South Africa, to […]

Tiny Dino Fossil Found, Named In Maryland

BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) — An infant dinosaur born 110 million years ago in what is now Maryland has been named Propanoplosaurus marylandicus, paleontologists said. The tiny armored dinosaur, smaller than a playing card, apparently drowned not long after it hatched during the Early Cretaceous Period and was fossilized, awaiting its discovery in 1997, The […]

Sensors Could Reveal Trapped Survivors

LONDON, Sept. 12 (UPI) — British scientists say molecules in breath, sweat and skin could help locate people trapped in buildings in disasters such as earthquakes or terrorists attacks. In a study, participants entered a simulated collapsed, glass-clad, reinforced-concrete building while scientists sampled plumes of air for tell-tale signs of their presence, a release from […]

Gene Work On Cats May Yield AIDS Treatment

ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept. 12 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a genome-based immunization strategy to fight feline AIDS could lead to ways to combat human HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) leads to AIDS in cats as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) does in people, by depleting the body’s infection-fighting T-cells, researchers at the […]

Republicans Want To Drill In ANWR

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) — Responsible energy production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska could help with economic recovery, a Republican lawmaker said. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said tapping into hydrocarbon resources on less than 3 percent of the 20 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife […]

2012 Olympic Cheaters Put On Notice

LONDON, Sept. 12 (UPI) — The British scientist in charge of keeping drug-based cheating out of the 2012 London Olympics says the games will be the toughest ever on cheaters. David Cowan of King’s College London said a new test to catch blood dopers could be deployed for the first time and there would also […]


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