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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…

‘Dark Web’ searched for terrorism clues

TUCSON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Mathematical tools and techniques can be used burrow deep into the Internet to uncover extremists discussing and plotting terrorist acts, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers involved in the “Dark Web Project,” a program started…

U.S. envoy says Kenyan military to benefit from U.S. assistance

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 22 (UPI) — The United States is to provide Kenya financial aid to assist military operations supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia.

U.S. State Department Special Representative to Somalia James Swan said that Washingto…

Shell details theft losses of Nigerian Delta crude

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 22 (UPI) — U.S. petroleum company Shell Oil says Nigeria loses an estimated 150,000 barrels of crude oil each day because of theft in the Niger Delta region.

Shell Sub-Saharan Africa Shell Exploration and Production Africa Limit…

Mixed praise for Yemeni election

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — While Yemeni elections marked an important turning point for the country, there’s plenty of work to be done, the U.S. secretary of state said.

Yemenis voted Tuesday in a one-man contest to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh as he…

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