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Simpler, cheaper treatment as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy for treating depression

A simple and inexpensive psychotherapy or talking therapy known as behavioural activation (BA) is as effective at treating depression in adults as the gold-standard cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and can...

Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour

CAIRO (Reuters) - An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe.

Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her "digital attic"—a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college.

Parasite proteins prompt immune system to fight off ovarian tumors in mice

Scientists identified the specific proteins secreted by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that cause the immune system in mice to attack established ovarian tumors.

UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 24, 2016

By United Press International On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 returned to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, where astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were picked...

Hillary Clinton officially unveils Tim Kaine as VP pick

Eric DuVallMIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton unveiled her vice presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, at a rally, calling him "everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are...

Adrian Beltre's 427th HR helps Texas Rangers win

The Sports Xchange KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Adrian Beltre and Nomar Mazara hit home runs and drove in three runs as the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals.

Valentina Shevchenko upsets Holly Holm in unanimous decision

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange Valentina Shevchenko was supposed to just be happy to be there.

Brandt Snedeker owns third-round lead at Canadian Open

The Sports Xchange Brandt Snedeker finished his 6-under-par 66 so early on Saturday that he was able to spend about an hour helping the CBS television crew with commentary.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim WR Jonathan Krause on waivers

The Sports Xchange The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed wide receiver Jonathan Krause on waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

Cincinnati Bengals release S Taylor Mays

The Sports Xchange The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran safety Taylor Mays on Saturday just three months after signing him to a deal.

Houston Astros' Collin McHugh, Evan Gattis too much for Los Angeles Angels

By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Collin McHugh was proud to declare Saturday "Gatty Day" in honor of his battery mate Evan Gattis.

Stephen Drew comes through for Washington Nationals in ninth

By David Driver, The Sports Xchange WASHINGTON - It has been a rough few days for Stephen Drew, a reserve infielder for the Washington Nationals.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis homers twice as Milwaukee Brewers defeat Chicago Cubs

By Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange MILWAUKEE -- Nobody on the Milwaukee Brewers roster is happier to be back home than outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Old Growth May Help Protect Northwest Birds from Warming Temperatures

Pacific Northwest hikers know how quickly summer temperatures can change as they cross from the heat of a parking lot into the cool shade of a mature forest. Factors like...

Sand Fire burns through more than 11,000 acres in So. California

Daniel Uria and Eric DuVallSANTA CLARA, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Hundreds of firefighters in California attempted to contain a massive wildfire that has burned through thousands of acres since...

Tropical Storm Darby bearing down on Hawaii

Eric DuVallHONOLULU, July 23 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Darby is nearing landfall on the eastern short of the Big Island of Hawaii, bringing heavy rain and a potential for flooding...

Ursula Franklin, renowned Canadian scientist, dead at 94

Ursula Franklin, one of Canada's most accomplished scientists and educators, died Friday in Toronto at age 94.

Conservationists hope to bring beloved bird back

The common loon's haunting wail that pierced the dusk on Massachusetts lakes disappeared long ago.

Islamic state claims responsibility for explosion that killed 80 in Kabul

Daniel UriaKABUL, Afghanistan, July 23 (UPI) -- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an explosion during a protest in Afghanistan, which killed at least 61 people and left at...

Marvel's 'Rocket and Groot' Space Station Mission Patch Debuts | Video

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' characters have been integrated into an International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory (Managed by CASIS) patch in partnership with Marvel's Custom Solutions Group.

New tests show no pot chemicals in Colorado town's water

Authorities said Saturday that new tests show there is no evidence of a marijuana chemical in a Colorado community's tap water and they believe the initial tests were false.

E-cigarette nicotine labels not always accurate

A study found that 51 percent of labels on e-cigarette liquid nicotine containers from 16 North Dakota stores don’t accurately reflect the levels of nicotine found in the products. In...

Jay Bruce, Keyvius Sampson lift Cincinnati Reds to victory

By Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange CINCINNATI -- With no date set for Homer Bailey's return, the Cincinnati Reds could need someone to fill one more slot in the rotation.

Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in upstate NY

Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most...

Report: Throwback uniform led to Chris Sale's tirade

By Sarah Trotto, The Sports Xchange CHICAGO - White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers due to a pregame "clubhouse incident."

Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years

We live an average of 71 years—a drop in the bucket compared with some of nature's life spans.

Police say teen Munich shooter researched mass shootings

Daniel UriaMUNICH, Germany, July 23 (UPI) -- Police in Germany said an 18-year-old shooter who killed 10 people including himself at a mall in Munich had researched mass shootings.

Cleveland Browns sign DL Nick Hayden

The Sports Xchange The Cleveland Browns signed veteran defensive lineman Nick Hayden to add needed depth.

Tappan Zee Bridge reopens after crane collapse

Eric DuVallTARRYTOWN, N.Y., July 23 (UPI) -- The Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City has reopened to traffic in both directions five days after a construction crane collapsed...

Baltimore Ravens place Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Steve Smith on PUP list

The Sports Xchange Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Steve Smith Jr. are among six players who will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Chicago Bears OL Nate Chandler retires

The Sports Xchange The Chicago Bears placed offensive lineman Nate Chandler on the reserve/retired list on Saturday.

San Diego Padres sign top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona

The Sports Xchange The San Diego Padres agreed to terms with top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona on a minor league contract with a $7 million signing bonus.

​Balloonist makes record round-the-world solo flight

Russian Orthodox priest touches down in Australia after circumnavigating the globe in 11 days, breaking record set by adventurer Steve Fossett in 2002

Similarities unite three distinct gene mutations of Treacher Collins syndrome

Scientists have reported a detailed description of how function-impairing mutations in polr1c and polr1d genes cause Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS), a rare congenital craniofacial development disorder that affects an estimated...

Big banks getting serious about Venmo-style online transactions

Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Several of the nation's largest banks are reviving efforts to get into the person-to-person online payment industry after the success of third-party app Venmo.

Roundup: Ivo Karlovic advances to Citi Open final

The Sports Xchange Croatian Ivo Karlovic will play for his first ATP title after taking a 6-4, 6-4 victory over American Steve Johnson.

Hershey Trust agrees to changes amid allegations of corruption

Eric DuVallHERSHEY, Pa., July 23 (UPI) -- Hershey Trust Co. has agreed with the Pennsylvania attorney general's office to make governance reforms in the wake of a failed $23 billion...

Alberta teens detained for Pokemon Go U.S. border crossing

U.S. Border Patrol officials say two Canadian teenagers were briefly apprehended after they accidentally crossed the U.S. border into Montana while playing the game "Pokemon Go."

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey exits game with right foot contusion

The Sports Xchange San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey exited Friday's game against the New York Yankees with a right foot contusion.

Boston Celtics bring back Gerald Green, re-sign Tyler Zeller

The Sports Xchange The Boston Celtics agreed to a one-year contract with free agent forward Gerald Green and a two-year deal with restricted free agent center Tyler Zeller.

Drew Brees says no contract talks with New Orleans Saints in three months

The Sports Xchange Quarterback Drew Brees apparently won't have a new deal in place before the New Orleans Saints kick off training camp next week.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary pays $18 million to U.S. in settlement

Sarah MuléWASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, Acclarent, will pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the company marketed a medical device for use without FDA approval.

Last known VCR manufacturer to stop production

Sarah MuléOSAKA, Japan, July 23 (UPI) -- The last known VCR manufacturer will cease production of the machines at the end of July.

110-year-old, 15-pound lobster rescued from Florida restaurant

Daniel UriaSUNRISE, Fla., July 23 (UPI) -- A 15-pound lobster that was intended to be served at a Florida restaurant will be moved to an aquarium in Maine due to...

Chicago Cubs activate OF Dexter Fowler

The Sports Xchange The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list on Friday after he had missed a month with a strained right hamstring.

How rope was made 40,000 years ago

Rope and twine are critical components in the technology of mobile hunters and gatherers. In exceptional cases impressions of string have been found in fired clay and on rare occasions...

For whom the births (and worms) toll

Studies of Bolivian forager-farmers shed light on costs of high birthrates, effects of pathogens on metabolism.

'Limited risk': Inquiry finds no proof to back most peanut plane fears

Despite fears the mere presence of a peanut on a plane could inflame allergies, a Transportation Ministry inquiry has found "limited risk" anything other than actually ingesting a nut will...

Flooding in China kills at least 170

Eric DuVallXINGTAI, China, July 23 (UPI) -- More than 170 people have been killed and scores more are missing after flooding across China due to heavy rain over the past...

ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance

A new Illinois law limits how police can use devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data and are at the center of a lawsuit against the Chicago...

Plant compounds give '1-2' punch to colon cancer

A preliminary cell study finds combining curcumin, the active ingredient in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin, a component of milk thistle, inhibited the spread of colon cancer cells and increased...

Vaccine strategy induces antibodies that can target multiple influenza viruses

Scientists have identified three types of vaccine-induced antibodies that can neutralize diverse strains of influenza virus that infect humans. The discovery will help guide development of a universal influenza vaccine.

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza set for Hall induction

By Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange For the last three days, thousands of fans adorned in the hats and shirts of the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets have descended...

Man 'Surfs' Clouds During Thunderstorm | Video

Red Bull Air Force team member Sean Maccormac jumped from a plane flying over 10,000 feet along with a cameraman. The plane was flying southwest of Lake Okeechobee, Florida at...

China demolishes buildings at Tibetan Buddhist academy Larung Gar

Daniel UriaSICHUAN, Tibet, July 23 (UPI) -- China has reportedly begun demolishing buildings at Larung Gar, one of the largest Buddhist academies in Tibet.

DNC emails appear to show staff plotted against Bernie Sanders during primary

Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Emails sent within the Democratic National Committee have been posted online, showing apparent bias against former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Drug targeting BRAF mutation slows thyroid cancer, too

Researchers found that treating metastatic thyroid cancer patients harboring a BRAF mutation with the targeted therapy vemurafenib -- originally approved for melanoma patients with the mutation -- showed promising anti-tumor...

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell missed several drug tests

The Sports Xchange The NFL Network reported Saturday that Le'Veon Bell actually missed several drug tests.

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole

Sarah MuléLOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, a former Charles Manson follower, who was convicted in the 1969 La Bianca...

Gunmen release police officers held as hostages in Armenian capital

Daniel UriaYEREVAN, Armenia, July 23 (UPI) -- The National Security Service of Armenia confirmed the final four police officers who had been held hostage in a police station in Yerevan...

Lin-Manuel Miranda to tell Hamilton tale on 'Drunk History'

Karen ButlerSAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Comedy Central says Lin-Manuel Miranda -- creator and former star of the Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton" -- will appear on Season 4 of "Drunk...

Surprise 'Blair Witch' sequel gets trailer and release date

Karen ButlerSAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- The classic indie horror movie "The Blair Witch Project" is getting a second sequel.

Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow leaves with injury

The Sports Xchange PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow left his second career start in the fourth inning Saturday because of right shoulder discomfort.

Extreme unplugging: B.C. families paddle Mackenzie River to get kids away from screens

Two young families from Vancouver found an extreme way to get their kids to unplug this summer — paddling 1,800 kilometres up the Mackenzie River. 'If I was at home,...

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' adds Gabriel Luna to ensemble

Karen ButlerSAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Gabriel Luna has joined the cast of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for Season 4.

Trailer for second half of 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 2 unveiled at Comic-Con

Karen ButlerSAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- "Fear the Walking Dead" is to begin the second half of its second season on Aug. 21.

Turkey seizes over 2,250 institutions in post-coup crackdown

ISTANBUL (AP) -- In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey on Saturday announced it had seized more than 2,250 social, educational...

Kristin Chenoweth joins the cast of 'American Gods;' trailer released at Comic-Con

Karen ButlerSAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth says she has landed a role in the upcoming Starz series "American Gods."

A stretch to relieve your tension headache after a stupid day at work

You know that blinding tension headache you get after a long, annoying day at the office? Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank says this stretch “is a nice, quick fix.” What it...

'Merciless' heat, humidity sticks to nearly all of US

Call it the United Sweats of America. A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. Not even the cool of night.

Search for missing Indian air force jet intensifies, hindered by bad weather

Daniel UriaCHENNAI, India, July 23 (UPI) -- India Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar joined an armed forces operation as the search for the missing military transport plane intensified.

U. S. land capacity for feeding people could expand with dietary changes

A new “food-print” model that measures the per-person land requirements of different diets suggests that, with dietary changes, the U.S. could feed significantly more people from existing agricultural land.

Grad Student Uses Her Disease to Fuel Research

It was in April 2013 that University of Arizona student Laura Hopkins was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s defense system to attack itself. In rheumatoid...

What the dog smelled: The science and mystery of cadaver dogs

They can catch a whiff of human remains under 30 metres of water or buried in a mine shaft, and can tell the difference between, say, a dead raccoon and...

Dallas police sees uptick in officer applications following shooting

Sarah MuléDALLAS, July 23 (UPI) -- The Dallas police has seen a drastic jump in applications following the July 7 shooting that left five officers dead and nine injured.

Rihanna to play Marion Crane in final season of 'Bates Motel'

Karen ButlerSAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Music superstar Rihanna will play the iconic role of Marion Crane in the upcoming, fifth and final season of the "Psycho" prequel series...

China completes world's largest amphibious aircraft: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight...

Ivanka Trump makes appeal to women voters in RNC speech

Amy R. ConnollyCLEVELAND, July 22 (UPI) -- Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, in introducing her father at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, praised him as a women's rights champion.

Mummy Hair Points to a Low-Stress Life in Ancient South America

Scant cortisol levels in mummified locks change ideas about pre-Hispanic Chile natives -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Do you really need to shell out money for a pricey 'organic bed'?

Your bed is supposed to be the place where you can rest your weary head and let the day’s worries fade away. But some heath and environmental activists fear our...

A Grim First: New York City Reports Baby Born With a Zika-Related Defect

Health officials on Friday reported a baby born with microcephaly, a Zika-related condition marked by an abnormally small head and impaired brain development.

Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte

The Philippines is reviewing its "crazy" commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, new President Rodrigo Duterte has warned.

MoneyWatch: Gas prices fall; Verizon takes action on data hogs

Gas prices have dipped to their lowest level for the month of July in years. Also, Verizon is pulling the plug on some data hogs. Brook Silva-Braga reports on the...

Study: Violations of privacy rights by fusion centers are the exception, not the rule

Concerns that law enforcement fusion centers are violating individuals' privacy rights as they gather intelligence on terrorism, criminals and other threats to public safety are the exception and certainly not...

Physicists revisit spin-bowling puzzle: How cricket spin bowlers do it

Spin bowlers in cricket are masters at making the ball loop slowly through the air to confuse batsmen. Legends of the game know the magic combinations of top-spin, side-spin and...

Pathogenic bacteria hitchhiking on tiny plastic particles to North and Baltic Seas?

With increasing water temperatures comes an increasing likelihood of potentially pathogenic bacteria appearing in the North and Baltic Seas. Scientists have now demonstrated that a group of such bacteria known...

Scientists release recommendations for building land in coastal Louisiana

A team of leading scientists and community experts with decades of experience released key recommendations to maintain and build land in coastal Louisiana. Their recommendations focus on operating Mississippi River...

Jamaica's Usain Bolt stars in return from injury

The Sports Xchange Jamaican track star Usain Bolt returned from a hamstring injury to win the 200 meters.

Researchers discover how rope was made 40,000 years ago

Prof. Nicholas Conard and members of his team, present the discovery of a tool used to make rope in today's edition of the journal: Archäologische Ausgrabungen Baden-Württemberg.

Well: Summer Ice Cream Adventures

Reader responses to last week’s Intentional Summer challenge included ice cream made with beer, a cabbage sorbet and a politically minded family holding an “ice cream nominating convention.”

U.S. Says Florida Network Defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of Over $1 Billion

Federal prosecutors charged three people, saying a scheme at a network of nursing and assisted-living facilities operated over a period of 14 years.

Gray Matter: Zapping Their Brains at Home

The surprisingly astute world of do-it-yourself neural stimulation.

Well: The Weekly Health Quiz: Hunger, Obesity and Lifting Weights

Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.

Well: Can Statins Cause Diabetes?

Numerous studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are linked to a small increase in the risk of Type 2 diabetes, even as they reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Well: Learning to Scale Peaks From My Underprotective Mother

A parent’s job is often to keep their children safe, to teach them to respect authority and stay out of trouble. Not my mom.

Experimental compounds stop epilepsy progression, not just seizures

Stephen FellerNEW ORLEANS, July 22 (UPI) -- Neuroprotective compounds created by researchers protected parts of the brain causing seizures and other epilepsy-linked behaviors in experiments with mice.

A new key to understanding molecular evolution in space

Scientists have revealed temperature-dependent energy conversion of molecular hydrogen on ice surfaces, suggesting the need for a reconsideration of molecular evolution theory.

Olympics: Science in the starting blocks

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Scientists, too, are doing their bit to make the Olympic motto real. Here are some potentially performance-boosting discoveries, just in time for the Rio Games: