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30,000-year-old seeds yield flowers

MOSCOW, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Russian researchers say they have successfully resurrected a plant from 30,000-year-old seeds discovered in the country’s Far Eastern permafrost region.

The plant, Silene Stenophylla, the oldest to be regenerated, is fertile …

Vulnerability still in pcAnywhere program

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — As many as 200,000 PCs running Symantec’s pcAnywhere software are vulnerable to hijacking, as users aren’t patching the program, a U.S. researcher says.

PCs connected to the Internet, including as many as 5,000 running…

Study: Habitat ‘clusters’ could save birds

ITHACA, N.Y., Feb. 22 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say providing a close network of suitable habitats can improve the long-term survival of an endangered Florida bird species.

Scientists at Cornell University in New York state say “clustered habitat net…

EU court to assess anti-piracy act

BRUSSELS, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The European Commission has asked Europe’s highest court to assess whether a controversial anti-piracy act infringes rights and freedoms afforded to Europeans.

The commission wants the court to determine if the Anti-Counter…

Study: Y chromosome not going ‘extinct’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 22 (UPI) — A study has contradicted the notion the male sex-determining Y chromosome is steadily shedding genes and is doomed to degenerate, U.S. researchers say.

In a 2002 article in Nature, two Australian researchers examine…

Counterfeiting becoming a local issue

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 22 (UPI) — State and local police are increasingly on the front lines against product counterfeiting, U.S. criminologists say.

Michigan State University criminologists Justin Heinonen and Jeremy Wilson say local law enforce…

California mulls more chemical controls

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 22 (UPI) — California officials say sweeping new regulations will force product manufacturers to use alternative, safer chemicals or risk their products being banned.

The California Environmental Protection Agency is drafting the Sa…

Study: Tsunami debris not radioactive risk

CORVALLIS, Ore., Feb. 22 (UPI) — Debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan won’t present a radiation threat when it reaches U.S. shores this year, researchers say.

Nuclear radiation health experts from Oregon State Univ…

Squid tracked in deep ocean dives

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22 (UPI) — U.S. researchers tracking Humboldt squid in the eastern Pacific say the animals are capable of diving to as deep as almost a mile in search of their prey.

Stanford University researchers fitted tags to the squid an…

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom granted bail

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 22 (UPI) — A New Zealand court has granted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom bail, ruling he was not enough of a flight risk to keep him in custody.

North Shore District Judge Nevin Dawson released him Wednesday to his $4.3 m…

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