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Organized Crime Enters Wildlife Smuggling

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Organized crime is threatening wildlife by participating in increasingly sophisticated illegal trading in wildlife parts, a U.S. study says. With little help from antiquated enforcement measures, some of the world’s most beloved species, including rhinos, tigers and elephants, are being decimated on a scale never before seen, a paper […]

New Material Mimics Human Soft Tissue

BALTIMORE, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Reserchers in Baltimore say they’re developing a new composite material that may someday restore damaged soft body tissues. The liquid material, a composite of biological and synthetic molecules, is injected under the skin and then “set” using light to form a more solid structure, a John Hopkins Medical Institutions release […]

Spacecraft Snaps Closeup Of Asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — NASA has released the first full-frame image of the asteroid Vesta taken by the spacecraft Dawn as it moves into the first of four intensive science orbits. Dawn will enter an orbit around the 330-mile-diameter asteroid at a distance of 1,700 miles on Aug. 11 to begin an in-depth […]

U.S. Drought Reached Record Level In July

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 1 (UPI) — The contiguous U.S. land area experiencing exceptional drought in July reached the highest level in the history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials said. Brian Fuchs, a geoscientist and climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said almost 12 percent of the contiguous United […]

Canada Stumps In U.S. For Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Canadian government is optimistic that Washington understands the economic and strategic importance of the Keystone XL pipeline, an official said. 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 and the extension would […]

System Could Warn Of Bridge Dangers

COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 29 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a new, affordable early warning system for the nation’s aging bridges might avert bridge collapses that could result in loss of life. A University of Maryland engineer says his inexpensive, wireless system could prevent the kind of bridge collapse that killed 13 people and injured […]

Data Contradict Climate Model Predictions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 29 (UPI) — Satellite data suggest climate models are overestimating the warming of Earth’s atmosphere by not taking into account some phenomena, U.S. scientists say. Researchers at the University of Alabama Huntsville say data from NASA’s Terra satellite show that when the climate warms, Earth’s atmosphere is apparently more efficient at releasing […]

East Africa Gold Mining Makes Headway

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 29 (UPI) — Gold mining in Tanzania and other East African sites is making headway with work in progress on prospecting and resource development at eight sites. Impetus for the work is coming partly from a buoyant gold market. Gold prices ended the week the way it began, hitting a […]

Brain Waves Activate Car’s Braking System

BERLIN, July 29 (UPI) — German scientists say an experimental driving simulator identifies brain waves of a driver about to press the brakes and can brake faster than the driver could. The Journal of Neural Engineering described an experiment with 18 test subjects wearing a cap wired with EEG sensors. When the drivers in the […]

Funding For New Space Telescope In Danger

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — U.S. politicians say they may pull the funding plug on the James Webb Space Telescope, the intended successor to the Hubble telescope with 100 times the power. As part of the overall U.S. budget debate, a House appropriations committee vote this month proposed killing the telescope, whose $6.8 billion cost […]

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