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EU says Google policy breaches laws

BRUSSELS, March 1 (UPI) — Changes to Google’s privacy policies now in effect are in breach of European Union laws, the EU’s justice commissioner says.

The policy change, implemented Thursday, means private data collected by one Google service can be…

Green algae again fouling Great Lakes

HOUGHTON, Mich., March 1 (UPI) — Slimy green algae that fouled beaches around the U.S. Great Lakes in the 1950s are back with a vengeance due to an invasive species of mussel, scientists say.

The green, bottom-dwelling alga called Cladophora glomera…

‘Twisted’ San Andreas fault described

Research on the structure of California’s San Andreas fault suggests a rupture might shake some places harder than current forecasts predict, seismologists say.

Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey found the southern section of the fault isn’t…

Figures show Windows XP on top of OS hill

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 1 (UPI) — Windows XP, while losing ground to Windows 7, is still the world’s most used operating system, U.S. analysts say.

Analysts at NetApplications say XP’s share of the global market dropped from 47 percent in January…

Builder of marine research ship chosen

SAN DIEGO, March 1 (UPI) — The U.S. Office of Naval Research has chosen Dakota Creek Industries Inc. to build a new research vessel for ocean science exploration, officials said.

Dakota Creek Industries, of Anacortes, Wash., will build AGOR 28, a ne…

Study: Human activity affecting oceans

NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) — Earth’s oceans may be turning acidic faster from human carbon emissions than during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, U.S. researchers say.

A study by scientists at Columbia University is the first to su…

Somalia’s oil prospects add new dangers

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 1 (UPI) — After two decades of incessant clan warfare, lawless, divided and poverty-stricken Somalia appears to be on the cusp of becoming an oil state, a transition that many fear could plunge the world’s most failed state …

People won’t wait for ‘slow’ Web pages

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 1 (UPI) — Internet users waiting for a Web page to load find a delay of even just milliseconds too long, engineers at U.S. search giant Google say.

A delay of 400 milliseconds, about the blink of an eye, causes people to…

Fires more frequent but not more severe

REDDING, Calif., March 1 (UPI) — Wildfires in California have grown in size over time but haven’t necessarily grown in severity or in negative impacts on the ecosystem, scientists say.

Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and the University of C…

Floor of world’s oldest forest uncovered

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., March 1 (UPI) — The floor of the world’s oldest forest, dating from 385 million years ago, has been discovered in a New York county, researchers say.

The finding in Schoharie County could shed new light on the role of modern-day fo…

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