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Florida Has Worst Invasive Species Problem

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) — Florida has the world’s worst invasive amphibian and reptile problem and the pet trade is the number one cause of species’ introduction, a report says. A University of Florida researcher says from 1863 through 2010, 137 non-native amphibian and reptile species were brought into the southern U.S. state, with […]

Large Black Holes Found In Small Galaxies

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 15 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say finding supermassive black holes in surprisingly small galaxies suggests central black holes form at an early stage in galaxy evolution. All massive galaxies host a central supermassive black hole, but active black holes are rarely seen in small “dwarf” galaxies, researchers at the University of […]

Mouse Genomes Aid Human Disease Studies

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Sequencing the genomes of 17 common strains of laboratory mice will help identify genes responsible for diseases in both mice and humans, U.S. researchers say. By enabling scientists to understand the DNA differences between the 17 strains of mice, the premier genetic model for studying human diseases, the new genome […]

Amber Holds 80 Million-Year-Old Feathers

EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 15 (UPI) — The evolution of feathers on birds and dinosaurs 80 million years ago was captured and frozen in tree sap turned to amber, Canadian researchers say. Scientists at the University of Alberta say the amber contains protofeathers possibly from non-avian dinosaurs as well as plumage very similar to modern birds. […]

Israel Ruins Show Early Islamic History

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 15 (UPI) — An ancient Mediterranean seaside fortress in Israel was a final stronghold of early Islamic power in the region, archaeologists say. Yavneh-Yam, an archaeological site between the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Ashdod, was known to be a functioning harbor port from the second millennium B.C. until the […]

Study: Musicianship Maintains Hearing

TORONTO, Sept. 13 (UPI) — A study suggests lifelong musicians experience less age-related hearing problems than non-musicians, Canadian researchers say. The study by the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care sought to see if lifelong musicians were less prone to the hearing problems prevalent in the elderly, who often report having difficulty understanding speech through background […]

Distant Planet Might Support Life

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Sept. 13 (UPI) — European astronomers say they have found a planet outside the solar system evidently in the right zone to support life, though life there would be no picnic. The discovery was announced at the Extreme Solar Systems conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The planet was discovered orbiting its star […]

NASA Space Telescope Reaches Milestone

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 13 (UPI) — U.S. scientists working on NASA’s James Webb Space telescope say it’s reached a major milestone with the completion of the coating of the telescope’s mirrors. The telescope’s 21 mirrors have been coated with a microscopically thin layer of gold, chosen for its ability to reflect infrared light properly from […]

U.N. Wants Better Forest Management

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 14 (UPI) — There is a significant potential for major economic and environmental losses unless steps are taken to reduce deforestation, a U.N. official said from Geneva. The U.N. Environment Program, in coordination with a coalition of financial institutes, urged world leaders at the upcoming climate conference in Durban, South Africa, to […]

Tiny Dino Fossil Found, Named In Maryland

BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) — An infant dinosaur born 110 million years ago in what is now Maryland has been named Propanoplosaurus marylandicus, paleontologists said. The tiny armored dinosaur, smaller than a playing card, apparently drowned not long after it hatched during the Early Cretaceous Period and was fossilized, awaiting its discovery in 1997, The […]

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