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Pluto Probe's Hazard Search Turns Up No New Moons

The New Horizons probe has spotted no signs of rings or additional moons in the Pluto system, so the spacecraft will remain on its original trajectory when it zooms past...

Solar Impulse breaks solo record

Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific.

In Blinding Eye Disease, Trash-Collecting Cells Go Awry, Accelerate Damage

Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear...

Study: Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a...

Flying without wings: Losing feathers has a detrimental effect on migrating birds

Birds that moult at the wrong time of the year could be disadvantaged, according to a study by scientists at Lund University, Sweden. Birds depend on a full set of...

Bioengineers develop highly elastic biomaterial for better wound healing

A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), led by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, and Nasim Annabi, PhD, of the Biomedical Engineering Division, has developed a new protein-based gel...

Too hot: Temperatures messing with sex of Australian lizards

Hotter temperatures are messing with the gender of Australia's bearded dragon lizards, a new study finds.

Single-celled plankton has a human-like eye

Brooks HaysVANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 1 (UPI) -- As a new study reveals, warnowiids, a type of single-celled marine plankton, possess a tiny, human-like eye.

Observatory: Scientists See Neurons Change as Memories Form

Studying patients with electrodes in their medial temporal lobes, researchers report seeing specific neurons record a new memory.

Pierce reportedly will join Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers

The Sports Xchange Forward Paul Pierce agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles Angels GM Dipoto resigns, Stoneman takes over

By Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels announced Wednesday that Jerry Dipoto has resigned as the club's general manager.

A tale of two (soil) cities

As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles, pores, minerals, soil microbes,...

Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says

Neurons are a limited commodity; each of us goes through life with essentially the same set we had at birth. But these cells, whose electrical signals drive our thoughts, perceptions,...

Survey: US Political and Generation Gaps on Science Issues

Age divides Americans on science issues just as much as political ideology, a new analysis of recent polling shows.

Working out in artificial gravity

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a...

Researchers find the macroscopic Brownian motion phenomena of self-powered liquid metal motors

Classical Brownian motion theory was established over one hundred year ago, describing the stochastic collision behaviors between surrounding molecules. Recently, researchers from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese...

Nanospiked bacteria are the brightest hard X-ray emitters

In a step that overturns traditional assumptions and practice, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhi Nagar have fashioned bacteria to emit...

Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards

During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced...

Ex-DEA agent pleads guilty to bitcoin theft during Silk Road investigation

Amy R. ConnollyWASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Former DEA agent Carl Force pleaded guilty to stealing $200,000 in digital currency during the government's investigation of the online drug market Silk...

Implantable 'artificial pancreas' tracks blood sugar, releases insulin

Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- An implantable artificial pancreas that monitors glucose levels and delivers insulin as needed was shown to work in lab tests.

NASA maps beach tar from California oil pipeline spill

When an on-land pipeline ruptured north of Santa Barbara, California, on May 19—spilling 105,000 barrels of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach and about 21,000 gallons of oil into the...

NASA takes to kansas skies to study nighttime thunderstorms

NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of...

Why human egg cells don't age well

Chromosomes are seen as red, and kinetochores are green. (A-B) Bivalent appears normal (green arrows). (C) Bivalent begins to hyperstretch (orange arrows). When egg cells form with an incorrect...

What makes fireflies glow?

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow.

Observing the birth of a planet

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a young giant gas planet still embedded in the midst of the disk of gas and dust surrounding its parent star. For the first...

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

New collaborative research between NOAA, University of Alaska and an Alaskan shellfish hatchery shows that ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by...

Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research

A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more...

Boys more likely to have antipsychotics prescribed, regardless of age

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription...

Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

Widely hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, hydroelectric dams have been built worldwide at an unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these major...

Marine biologists clarify how specialized cells in squid skin are able to control the animal's coloration

Perhaps not the brightest of cephalopods, the California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) has amazing light-manipulating abilities. While this species shares the gift of camouflage with most other cuttlefish, octopus and...

We're not alone—but the universe may be less crowded than we think

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe then might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University.

Baby seals that practice in pools make better divers

Being able to dive is what matters most for seal pups, but how do they learn to do it? Grey seal pups that can play in pools may have better...

Tropical Cyclone Raquel triggers warnings in Solomon Islands

NASA's Terra satellite and RapidScat instrument showed a slowly developing Tropical Storm Raquel affecting the Solomon Islands on June 30 and July 1. A tropical cyclone warning was in effect...

Scientists unravel elusive structure of HIV protein

The HIV capsid protein plays a critical role in the virus' life cycle. Mizzou researchers recently developed the most complete model yet of this vital protein. HIV, or human...

Study offers clue to link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect - the...

New test pins down 'time of death'

Forensic researchers develop a new method for establishing an accurate time of death after as much as 10 days.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the...

Discovery of nanotubes offers new clues about cell-to-cell communication

When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more "old school" than was previously thought. Certain types of stem cells use microscopic, threadlike nanotubes to communicate...

Google apologizes after photo app tagged black couple 'gorillas'

Google apologized after an identification program in its new photo app put a "gorillas" label on a picture of a black couple.

Producing Fuel From Canada Oil Sands Emits More Carbon Than From US Crude

The production of petroleum from Canada's oil sands is on the rise with much of it destined for U.S. refineries. The current oil sands production of fuels from "well-to-wheels" releases...

Could new technology ALIAS replace co-pilots?

The Air Force is 520 pilots short of requirements this year due to budget cuts and a hiring spree by airlines

Astronomical sleuth reveals the timing of the iconic 1945 'Kiss'

It's an iconic image: A sailor kisses a nurse in Times Square after hearing the news that World War II was officially over - just after 7 p.m. on August...

Two dead in Oregon helicopter crash

Amy R. ConnollyNEWBERG, Ore., July 2 (UPI) -- Two people died late Wednesday when their helicopter crashed outside Portland, Ore. and touched off a brush fire.

Astronomers predict fireworks from a close encounter of the stellar kind

Astronomers are predicting a close encounter between a stellar remnant the size of a city and one of the brightest stars in the Milky Way.

Better memory with faster lasers

DVDs and Blu-ray disks contain so-called phase-change materials that morph from one atomic state to another after being struck with pulses of laser light, with data "recorded" in those two...

How Virginia is preparing for the next quake

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the commonwealth in 2011 was a wake-up call for many Virginians. Originating deep under Louisa County, the quake was felt as far north as...

Data exchange between vehicles and the road network increases traffic safety

The just-completed international Celtic Plus CoMoSeF project involved the development of data exchange between vehicles and infrastructure. The resulting communication system provides drivers with real time information on road weather,...

DARPA's digital co-pilot will "transform" pilots

Sikorsky's chief autonomy engineer compares new tech to driverless cars, and says one day there might not be anyone sitting in the cockpit during flight

Thousands evacuated after Tennessee toxic train derailment

Amy R. ConnollyKNOXVILLE, Tenn., July 2 (UPI) -- More than 5,000 people were evacuated when a train car carrying toxic materials derailed and caught fire Thursday outside Knoxville, Tenn.

Saudi Arabian prince pledges to donate his fortune to charity

Tomas MonzonRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 2 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has pledged to donate his $32 billion fortune to charity.

Amtrak agrees to consolidate lawsuits over derailment that killed 8

Andrew V. PestanoPHILADELPHIA, July 2 (UPI) -- The lawsuits against Amtrak for the derailment in May that killed eight people may be consolidated into one for a Philadelphia federal court.

Why GM food is so hard to sell to a wary public

Whether commanding the attention of rock star Neil Young or apparently being supported by the former head of Greenpeace, genetically modified food is almost always in the news – and...

Image: Light toned deposit in the Aureum Chaos region on Mars

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a light-toned deposit in Aureum Chaos, a 368 kilometer (229 mile) wide...

Focused energy of lasers breaks microscopic adhesion

Small objects tend to cling to everything. It's why parents dread hosting parties that involve confetti. It's why glitter is fun for crafts—until it finds its way onto everything else...

New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature.

Quantum-dot spectrometer is small enough to function within a smartphone

Instruments that measure the properties of light, known as spectrometers, are widely used in physical, chemical, and biological research. These devices are usually too large to be portable, but MIT...

Shumpert, Thompson sticking with Cleveland Cavaliers

The Sports Xchange The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be keeping the bulk of their team together after reaching the NBA Finals last month.

Tracking Environmental Data, Mosquitoes to Fight West Nile Virus

A mosquito in western South Dakota has tested positive for West Nile virus--the next step is transmission to humans. Two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials...

French court: No compensation over faulty breast implants

PARIS (AP) -- A French appeals court ruled Thursday that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 3,000 women with leak-prone breast...

Hess completes Bakken joint venture

Daniel J. GraeberNEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- U.S. energy company Hess Corp. said it finalized a deal creating a joint venture to work on delivery mechanisms for oil and...

Ferry capsizes about 650 feet from port in Philippines, 36 dead

Andrew V. PestanoORMOC, Philippines, July 2 (UPI) -- At least 36 people died after a ferry carrying 173 people capsized minutes after leaving port in the city of Ormoc in...

Trapping vortices key to high-current superconductors

If we are to see the promised benefits of high-temperature superconductors, such as low-loss motors and generators or maglev trains, we will need superconductors that can carry very large currents.

Autonomous robot Myon joins the cast at a Berlin opera

"My Square Lady" last month opened in Berlin at the Komische Oper. The outstanding feature about this production is that a character named Myon plays a key role on stage,...

Not all plastics equal

Ever buy a fish at a pet store that died within days of being put in an aquarium at home?

New tool will measure impact of man-made noise on sea-mammals

A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews has developed a new computer modelling tool for assessing the impact of noise from human disturbance, such as offshore wind...

Humans once hunted them, but may now hold key to fur seal survival

Oil rigs and artificial reefs are often given a bad rap for their environmental impact but they may be playing a vital role in feeding one of Australia's largest sea...

'Celeb mind game' gives memory clues

Researchers use "mind games" to reveal clues about how brain cells change when making new memories.

California driving global low-carbon effort

Daniel J. GraeberLYON, France, July 2 (UPI) -- Three European regions joined a global initiative led by California in signing commitments to work to curb the threat from climate change,...

Seabirds Smell Their Way Home

Coastal seabirds can fly over large swaths of ocean for days on end, not stopping until they reach their favorite feeding spot. Scientists have long wondered how these birds manage...

Blind French hikers cross mountains with special GPS

Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help millions of people with...

Dark matter map begins to reveal the universe's early history

Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo and other institutions have begun a wide-area survey of the distribution of dark matter in the universe using Hyper Suprime-Cam,...

Scientists advance cancer drug design with image of key protein

Scientists have pioneered the use of a high-powered imaging technique to picture in exquisite detail one of the central proteins of life – a cellular recycling unit with a role...

How volcanic lightning is helping to demystify the Earth's plasmasphere

At the height of the First World War, in the trenches, German physicist Heinrich Barkhausen was eavesdropping on Allied telephone conversations. Every now and again, the Allied communications were drowned...

Research finds protein regulation linked to cells' growth cycle

By tracking the movement of proteins in a living cell with nanometer-scale precision, Cornell researchers have gained a new insight into the way cells regulate the expression of their genes.

Global prize for anti-poverty leader

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation wins the 2015 World Food Prize.

Two red panda cubs born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

For the first time, red panda cubs have been born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

Hidden camera catches dad's "cool" reaction to daughter's pregnancy

Nick Dietz compiles some of the latest and greatest viral videos

Kindness is a social lubricant for socially anxious people

Brooks HaysVANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 1 (UPI) -- Doing good for others, Canadian scientists found, may provoke a more positive view of the world and the potential for human bonds...

Disruptive tech puts banks into the crosshair

With consumers at ease with online banking and other technology-driven applications, financial institutions need to beware

New oil expected offshore New Zealand

Daniel J. GraeberWELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 2 (UPI) -- The New Zealand government said Thursday a long-term investment by Austrian energy company OMV in the country's largest oil field has...

U.S. seeks to extradite FIFA officials from Switzerland

Amy R. ConnollyWASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The United States asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials who were arrested in May on corruption charges.

Electric car is time-beater at Pikes Peak climb event

For optimists enjoying the technology progress of electric cars, an encouraging turn of events took place recently with electric cars in the top two finishing spots at the Pikes Peak...

Why roller-coasters are for those who think young

The exhilaration of a roller-coaster ride at the amusement park may thrill young people, but often leaves their parents on the sidelines. There's a reason for this, says Prof. Laurence...

Boat-leap dolphin breaks woman's legs

A dolphin jumps into a boat off the coast of southern California, hitting a woman and breaking both of her ankles.

Drug Helps Obese People Drop Weight and Keep It Off

A diabetes drug called liraglutide helps people lose weight, a new study finds.

Clues to inner atomic life from subtle light-emission shifts

Atoms absorb and emit light of various wavelengths. Physicists have long known that there are some tiny changes, or shifts, in the light that gets absorbed or emitted, due to...

Thin colorectal cancer patients have shorter survival than obese patients

Although being overweight with a high body-mass index has long been associated with a higher risk for colorectal cancer, thinner patients might not fare as well after treatment for advanced...

Could your smartphone one day tell you you're pregnant?

Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide...

'Smaller is smarter' in superspreading of influence in social network

A study by City College of New York physicists Flaviano Morone and Hernán A. Makse suggests that "smaller is smarter" when it comes to influential superspreaders of information in social...

Venus and Jupiter Put on a Celestial Show This Month

If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter,...

Facebook to use AI to improve experience

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to improve Facebook's AI and expand internet access

Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who...

Kuwait orders NBC reconnaissance vehicles

Richard TomkinsDUSSELDORF, Germany, July 1 (UPI) -- Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles is to supply Kuwait with a dozen armored reconnaissance trucks that detect nuclear, biological and chemical warfare agents.

Statins Linked to Aggression in Older Women

Older women who take statins may experience an increase in their levels of aggressive behavior.

Scientist sentenced to prison for AIDS research fraud

The researcher spiked rabbit blood with human antibodies to make HIV vaccine appear more effective

Open cluster of stars buried in the heart of a giant

This rich view of an array of colorful stars and gas was captured by the Wide Field Imager camera, on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in...

Indonesia military plane suffered engine problem, propeller failure

Andrew V. PestanoMEDAN, Indonesia, July 2 (UPI) -- The Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport plane that crashed in Indonesia suffered from a propeller malfunction on one engine before crashing.

Podcast: A complex eye in a single cell, hot lizards change sex, and robot morals

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'Map of life' predicts ET. (So where is he?)

Extra-terrestrials that resemble humans should have evolved on other, Earth-like planets, making it increasingly paradoxical that we still appear to be alone in the universe, the author of a new...

Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin - or at least photos of them - scientists have gained a new understanding of...