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Strongest Solar Flare In Four Years

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The largest solar flare in four years erupted from the sun Tuesday, but it is unlikely to cause any problems on Earth, U.S. scientists say. A National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration satellite recorded the flare at 3:48 a.m. EDT, a NASA release said. “It was a big flare,” Joe Kunches, […]

Study: Mature Heart Can’t Regenerate Cells

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) — U.S. researches say adult human cardiac cells lose their ability to proliferate, perhaps explaining why the human heart has little regenerative capacity. Stem cell researchers at UCLA say the discovery may lead to methods of reprogramming a patient’s cardiac myocytes, or muscle cells, within the heart itself to create […]

Our Brains Struggle With ‘How High Is Up?’

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Our brains, so good at telling us where our bodies are on the solid Earth, don’t do so well when it comes to altitude, British researchers say. In terms of how high up we are, the brain’s internal “map” of space is surprisingly flat, scientists at University College London found. […]

Study: Some Are Born With Math Ability

BALTIMORE, Aug. 8 (UPI) — People can be born with good math skills, just as some are born with a talent for music, art or athletics, a U.S. study suggests. Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University psychologists indicates math ability in preschool children is strongly linked to their inborn and primitive “number sense,” called an […]

Effect Of Japan Tsunami Felt In Antarctica

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The tsunami from the March earthquake in Japan had impacts across the world, causing the calving of icebergs a hemisphere away in Antarctica, researchers say. The finding is the first direct observation of such a connection between tsunamis and icebergs, a NASA release said Monday. Using multiple satellite images, […]

Mars Rover In Final Approach To Goal

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 8 (UPI) — NASA says its Mars rover Opportunity has gained a view of the Endeavour crater, the mission’s long-term goal since mid-2008, from just a short distance away. As it approaches the 14-mile wide crater, scientists hope to gather data from exposed rock on the crater’s western rim far older than […]

Zoo To Set Up Sperm Bank For Elephants

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Pittsburgh Zoo says it is waiting for genetic material from the South African government to start North America’s first sperm bank for African elephants. Zoo officials said they have been waiting almost two years for the material, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday. “It is taking longer than we hoped […]

Flooding Danger To Oil, Gas Pipelines?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Oil and natural gas pipelines along the Missouri River might be vulnerable to scouring by raging floodwaters, officials said. Exxon Mobil in Montana is looking to reposition a ruptured section of its Silvertip oil pipeline more than 40 feet below the bed of the Yellowstone River. Flood waters […]

Nebraskans Protest Keystone XL Pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Opponents of a heavy crude oil pipeline from Canada planned through Nebraska want the state’s governor to get behind their campaign. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The current network terminates in Oklahoma and Illinois […]

Heritage Oil Starts Drilling In Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Independent energy company Heritage Oil announced it started drilling its Miran West-3 well in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Heritage said operations at Marin West-3 were initiated with the goal of appraising reserves. The start of the drilling represents the company’s appraisal campaign in the Kurdish region, the company […]

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