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Forecasters: Midwest In For Roughest Winter

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 1 (UPI) — Forecasters say the worst of what shapes up as a brutal U.S. winter will target the Midwest and its major cities with snow and cold. Large Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis will bear the brunt of the extreme conditions, AccuWeather.com reported Thursday. Other parts of the […]

Video Shows Diabetes Cell Processes

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve created a video of the cell destruction occurring in type 1 diabetes, an advance that could lead to better treatment of the disease. Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California created videos showing immune system T-cells attacking insulin-producing beta […]

Report: Smartphone Software Tracks Info

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30 (UPI) — Carrier IQ software installed on millions of phones allegedly tracks almost everything people do on their smartphones, a Connecticut software developer said. Carrier IQ, an embedded analytics company, said in a statement last week the software was designed to help mobile network providers “diagnose critical issues that lead to […]

Study: Security Gaps In Android Phones

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 30 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say some smartphones using the Android mobile platform are particularly vulnerable to hackers. Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science at North Caroline State, said some pre-loaded applications are built on top of the existing Android architecture in such a way as to create potential backdoors […]

Two Theories Offered In Christmas Burst

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) — A cosmic explosion dubbed the Christmas burst was caused either by a far away supernova or an unusual collision closer to home, U.S. space officials said. NASA said papers describing both interpretations of the explosion — first spotted on Christmas Day 2010 by NASA’s Swift Observatory — are published in […]

Worms Survive Months In Space

NOTTINGHAM, England, Nov. 30 (UPI) — British researchers say a colony of worms that survived a trip into space is providing insight into the biological effects of deep space missions. In December 2006, a team of scientists led by Nathaniel Szewczyk of the University of Nottingham in England sent 4,000 microscopic worms, known as C. […]

2013 For Keystone XL Decision

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) — Despite a proposal that would force the White House to make a quick decision, the State Department said any move on the Keystone XL pipeline would come in 2013. A group of 35 Republican lawmakers proposed a measure that would force the White House to issue a construction permit for […]

Honey Bee Health Linked To Protein

BERGEN, Norway, Nov. 29 (UPI) — A protein called vitellogenin is vital to promoting the health of honey bees, a researcher in Norway said. Heli Havukainen of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences said research on honey bee health suggests vitellogenin guides bees to do different social tasks, such as caregiving or foraging, as well […]

Soft Robot Inspired By Starfish

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 29 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’ve created a soft robot inspired by animals without internal skeletons such as starfish, squid and worms. The robot, described in a report published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is composed of elastomeric polymers and uses five actuators, along with […]

Whooping Cranes Looking For Food In Texas

HOUSTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) — Whooping cranes are making a comeback along the Texas coast but the brackish marshes they need for food may be too salty this winter, environmentalists said, The Aransas Project, an environmental coalition, claims state regulators aren’t allowing enough fresh water to flow into the marshes where the birds live, the […]

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