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Chinese Astronomers Describe Asteroid Plan

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Chinese scientists say they have a plan to save the Earth from a possible collision with an asteroid that could take place in 2036. A group of Chinese astronomers headed by Shengping Gong of Tsinghua University in Beijing have proposed using a spacecraft with a solar sail to prevent the […]

IBM Develops ‘Reasoning’ Computer Chip

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 19 (UPI) — IBM says it has created a computer chip that can mimic the human brain in its ability to learn through experiencing its surroundings. The company said Thursday the experimental chip will let a new generation of computers, called “cognitive computers,” understand their surroundings and act on things that happen […]

Amphibian Disease Hunt Heads To Asia

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17 (UPI) –  Researchers, including U.S. scientists, have completed a first survey in Asia of a fungus that has wiped out more than 200 species of amphibians worldwide. The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis causes a disease, chytridiomycosis, responsible for amphibian extinctions in Central, South and North America, Australia and Europe. The new Asian […]

Venezuela Plans To Take Over Gold Mines

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 18 (UPI) –  Venezuela is planning to take over the gold mining industry in the country as part of a wave of nationalizations and will also move the country’s gold reserves from foreign banks. Critics warned the strategy, a response from President Hugo Chavez to U.S. dollar fluctuations, was fraught with risks […]

Enbridge, EPA Cope With Michigan Oil Spill

MARSHALL, Mich., Aug. 18 (UPI) –  The problem with pollution from last year’s Enbridge oil spill in southern Michigan isn’t about what is seen but what isn’t seen, EPA officials said. More than a year after an oil spill near Marshall, Mich., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it was still working on remediation efforts […]

U.S. Looks To East Coast For Wind Energy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) –  U.S. regulators said they started the steps needed to advance offshore wind energy off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich to announce from Washington that the government had taken preliminary steps to […]

Famine Worries Linger In Horn Of Africa

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) — With more than 3 million people on the verge of starvation in Somalia, the United Nations said more help is needed to stem the humanitarian crisis. A drought plaguing much of the Horn of Africa is creating widespread famine. U.N. humanitarian officials said 3.2 million people in Somalia are […]

Network Could Help Disaster Communications

ATLANTA, Aug. 16 (UPI) — In disasters like the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks or the earthquake in Japan, communications are often overwhelmed when most needed, U.S. researchers say. Scientists at Georgia Tech College of Computing say they’ve developed a possible solution, dubbed LifeNet, a mobile ad-hoc network designed for use in highly transient conditions […]

Yahoo! Asks If It’s Really A Small World

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Yahoo! and Facebook are partnering to test one of the most famous U.S. social psychology experiments of the 1960s, the “Small World” hypothesis. The 1967 experiment was carried out by Stanley Milgram, a professor at Yale University. Milgram sent packages to 160 random residents of Omaha, Neb., and […]

Sri Lanka Completes Elephant Count

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Sri Lanka says it has completed the first nationwide survey of its elephant population, intended to increase protection of the animals and their habitat. The results of the survey in which 3.500 people counted the pachyderms from watchtowers near 1,500 watering holes and lakes will be released in […]

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