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Snapping Turtle Stops Traffic

CONCORD, N.C., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A giant snapping turtle stopped traffic on a North Carolina road, drivers say. Kelly Glenn and Joe Coward were driving to the Concord Mills mall Sunday when they saw a snapping turtle standing on the edge of a street, The Gaston Gazette in Gastonia reported. “It looked like he […]

Oxygen Molecules Found In Deep Space

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 2 (UPI) — NASA says instruments on board the Herschel Space Observatory have provided the first confirmed finding of oxygen molecules in space. While individual atoms of oxygen are common in space, particularly around massive stars, molecular oxygen, which makes up about 20 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere, has eluded astronomers until […]

No Change For Parking? No Problem

DORTMUND, Germany, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The frustration of finally finding a parking lot only to find you have no cash for the meter or machine may be a thing of the past, German researchers say. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute in Dortmund have developed a small radio-frequency identification chip that can be adhered to […]

Organism That ‘eats’ Plastic Identified

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 2 (UPI) — Organisms growing in fungi in the Amazon rainforest can degrade polyurethane, suggesting innovative ways to reduce waste in landfills, researchers say. Yale University undergraduates taking part in the school’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory course discovered the organisms, a university release said Tuesday In the course, students search for […]

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 […]

Hurricane Eugene Grows In Eastern Pacific

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Eugene strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday while churning in the eastern Pacific Ocean well off the Mexican coast, forecasters said. The storm was heading west-northwest about 535 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory. Eugene had sustained winds of […]

Submarine Found With $180M In Cocaine

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A drug smugglers’ submarine with $180 million worth of cocaine inside has been found off the coast of Honduras, the U.S. Coast Guard says. On July 13, a customs plane spotted a “self-propelled semi-submersible,” and the Coast Guard cutter Seneca stopped it and captured five people, but the crew succeeded […]

Local Gun Bans Falling Under Florida Law

MIAMI, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Florida towns have begun taking down signs banning guns in parks and public buildings to comply with a new state law. Under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that takes effect Oct. 1, all counties and municipalities must repeal ordinances limiting guns, under penalty of fines of up to […]

Neighbor Killed Over Yardwork, Police Say

IXONIA, Wis., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Wisconsin man was killed by two neighbors during an argument over mowing the lawn, police allege. James Richardson, 51, and James Richards, 19, who was staying with him, were charged Monday with killing Beau Butschke, 28, of Ixonia, Wis., July 14 and hiding his body in a shed, […]

Muslims Condemn Attacking Civilians: Poll

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Muslim Americans are the strongest opponents of attacking civilians, by either the military or small armed groups, Gallup polls released Tuesday show. The findings come from a report by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, “Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future,” based on 2010 Gallup surveys. […]

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