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Tropical crow species is highly skilled tool user

An international team of scientists and conservation experts has discovered that the critically-endangered Hawaiian crow, or 'Alalā, is a highly proficient tool user, according to a paper published today in...

Flight To A Star Cluster Visualized From ESA's New Billion-Star Map | Video

Humankind has just been presented with the the precise position and brightness of 1,140,622,719 stars in the first data release from the European Space Agency mission (ESA). It is ...

Pluto 'paints' its largest moon Charon red

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA's approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, mission scientists knew two things: they'd...

Stingrays found to chew their food before swallowing

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Washington has discovered that at least one species of stingray chews its food before swallowing it. In...

ALMA locates possible birth site of icy giant planet

Brooks HaysMITO, Japan, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Astronomers have found evidence of a newborn planet in the protoplanetary disk surrounding TW Hydrae, a young star located 176 light-years away.

House committee to conduct hearings on EpiPen maker Mylan

Allen ConeWASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing with executives from Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that significantly increased the price of the EpiPen.

UCLA Chemists Report New Insights About Properties of Matter at the Nanoscale

UCLA nanoscience researchers have determined that a fluid that behaves similarly to water in our day-to-day lives becomes as heavy as honey when trapped in a nanocage of a porous...

Vaping helped 18,000 people quit smoking in England in 2015, study says

Stephen FellerLONDON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- E-cigarettes were linked to about 18,000 people beating their cigarette addictions in England last year based on increases in vaping and decreases in smoking.

Survival of the smallest? Bigger sea species more threatened

In the Earth's oceans these days, the bigger a species is, the more prone it is to die off. That's unheard of in the long history of mass extinctions, a...

Gaia space telescope charts billion-star map in 3D

Brooks HaysPARIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A new map, populated with data collected by the Gaia space telescope, features the position and brightness of more than a billion stars.

Donald Trump provides summary of physical to Dr. Oz during show taping

Eric DuVallNEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Donald Trump shared a summary of his recent physical with television host Dr. Mehmet Oz in an episode of his syndicated health talk...

Complex Materials Can Self-Organize Into Circuits, May Form Basis for Multifunction Chips

Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance microprocessors beyond today's silicon-based chips.

Protecting streams that feed Lake Erie will take much work, study finds

While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research...

Delivering beneficial bacteria to the GI tract

The human digestive tract contains trillions of bacteria, many of which help digest food and fight off harmful bacteria. Recent studies have shown that some of these bacteria may influence,...

Economy has improved in Pyongyang since sanctions, source says

Elizabeth ShimSEOUL, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Prices are stabilizing in North Korea six months after the passage of tough United Nations Security Council sanctions.

What happened after the lights came on in the universe?

An experiment to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation...

EU permanent military headquarters proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker

Andrew V. PestanoSTRASBOURG, France, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed on Wednesday the EU establish a military headquarters to build toward a permanent defense force.

China to launch second space laboratory: report

China will launch its second space lab on Thursday, official media said Wednesday, as the Communist country works towards setting up its own space station, among several ambitious goals.

Rare Gold Coin with Nero's Face Discovered in Jerusalem

The Emperor Nero's face decorates the rare gold coin, found during excavations of Mount Zion. The coin probably came from a Jewish home, the archaeologists said.

The sharing economy’s effect on business

Collaborative consumption is an expanding economic force in our country and globally, with consumers sharing everything from cars, bicycles and even agricultural equipment. It happens quickly and efficiently, with a...

Spotify surpasses 40 million paying subscribers

Swedish streaming music giant Spotify said Wednesday it had surpassed 40 million paying subscribers, consolidating its position as world leader.

Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully to retire Oct. 2

The Sports Xchange Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will call his final game when the regular season ends and retire before the playoffs start.

Testing the driverless Uber—first nerves, and then acceptance

It was driverless Uber's turn to veer left across a four-way stop, but the driver opposite apparently didn't think so.

Pop science: Engineers stop soap bubbles from swirling

Engineers have happened upon a way to stop the movement of the colorful eddies on the surface of soap bubbles. The results are works of art that could lead to...

Memory loss not enough to diagnose Alzheimer’s

Relying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s that don’t initially affect memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine...

Japan's Sakurajima volcano due for major eruption within 30 years, say scientists

Japan's Sakurajima volcano, one of the country's most active, is due for a major eruption within the next 30 years, according to researchers examining new data.

Chemicals Linked to Health Hazards Are Common in Household Dust

Two studies highlight overlooked ways that we are being exposed to indoor and outdoor pollution -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Invasion of the pizza-making robots

A Silicon Valley startup aims to transform the pizzeria into an autonomous kitchen -– just the first wave of its kind

United Nations aid to Aleppo held up despite cease-fire

Allen ConeALEPPO, Syria, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Humanitarian aid to Syria has been held up despite a nationwide cease-fire.

Study links selfies, happiness

Regularly snapping selfies with your smartphone and sharing photos with your friends can help make you a happier person, according to computer scientists. In a first-of-its-kind study published just before...

Clues to how ‘super-agers’ retain young memories

Some loss of memory is usually considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that fate. A study by investigators at Harvard-affiliated...

Meet New Glenn, the Blue Origin Rocket That May Someday Take You to Space

“Our vision is millions of people living and working in space, and New Glenn is a very important step,” said Jeffrey P. Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue...

Diabetes during pregnancy could pose harm to baby

HealthDay News Babies born to women with either diabetes or gestational diabetes are at greater risk for complications at birth, a new study suggests.

More than just a cue, intrinsic reward helps make exercise a habit

The morning alarm is more than a signal that it’s time to get up – for many people it means it’s time to hit the gym. But if exercise is...

Poll: Americans favor slightly higher bills to fight warming

Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming—but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that...

Belief about nicotine content in cigarettes can curb cravings

Smokers can ease cravings not only by lighting up, but also by just thinking they're getting nicotine, even when they're not, new research has discovered.

Cold plasma will heal non-healing wounds

Russian scientists have found that treating cells with cold plasma leads to their regeneration and rejuvenation. This result can be used to develop a plasma therapy program for patients with...

NFL Week 2 preview, prediction: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

The Sports Xchange New York Jets (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)

NASA begins study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth's valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs has set up shop in Australia for a two-month investigation of the Great...

Michigan State at Notre Dame: College football game preview

The Sports Xchange Fifty college football seasons ago, Michigan State and Notre Dame played in what was then called the Game of the Century. It pitted No. 1 Notre Dame...

Diffraction-controlled laser-driven proton acceleration

A targeted way to manipulate beams of protons accelerated using ultrashort and ultraintense laser pulses has been demonstrated by a team of researchers led at the University of Strathclyde.

Washington Redskins re-sign DT Cullen Jenkins

The Sports Xchange The Washington Redskins are in the process of re-signing veteran defensive end Cullen Jenkins.

Protections rejected for American pika, other species

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. officials on Tuesday rejected greater protections for six species including the rabbit-like American pika, which researchers warn is...

Your Blue Jeans Can Trace Their Origins To Peru, 6,000 Years Ago

Science People have been coloring cloth blue for much longer than we thought A new study published in Science Advances today found that people...

Kratom users protest imminent ban

DEA's new temporary classification prompts White House demonstration

Larger marine animals more likely to go extinct, and humans probably to blame, says study

The larger the marine animal, the more chance it has of coming under threat of extinction — and humans are likely to blame, according to a study to be published...

New Book Details South America's Surprising Prehistoric Mammals

South America was home to a host of unique animals during the 60-some million years the continent was isolated, during most of the Cenozic Period. Details and constructions of mammals...

Big Pixel Initiative Develops Remote Sensing Analysis to Help Map Global Urbanization

Researchers at University of California San Diego's Big Pixel Initiative are using unique tools to map urban areas around the globe, potentially revolutionizing large-scale analysis of urbanization, land use and...

Berkeley Lab Awarded DOE Grants for Greener Buildings

Berkeley Lab has been awarded more than $4 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for...

Safety, jobs, good character will win 'suburban mom' vote

Patricia Murphy, Roll Call Women know we can't anticipate what the next president or Congress will face, but they want to know our leaders will do the right thing when...

Thrashing snake hitches a ride on hood of couple's car

Ben HooperMACKAY, Australia, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- An Australian couple driving on a Queensland road captured footage of a hitchhiking snake having a difficult time on the hood of their...

High-capacity nanoparticle

Nanoparticles offer a promising way to deliver cancer drugs in a targeted fashion, helping to kill tumors while sparing healthy tissue. However, most nanoparticles that have been developed so far are limited to...

In Photos: The World's Oldest Indigo Dye

Scraps of fabric dating back as old as 6,200 years are the first known use of indigo dye in the world.

Detailed map shows Milky Way bigger than we thought

First results from Gaia probe also appear to solve old controversy over Pleiades cluster.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.20591

Pioneering Scientists in Battery Technology, Renewable Energy to Be Featured at PRiME 2016

PRiME is the largest, most significant research conference of its kind in the world. Learn more about presentations to be delivered by pioneering researchers in renewable energy, biomedical, sensors, and...

CSU Dominguez Hills Professor Ashish Sinha's Research is Longest Record of Asian Monsoon, Leads to Discovery of what Ends Ice Ages

Professor Ashish Sinha and a team of international researchers used their analysis of stalagmites recovered from a cave deep in central China to not only map over 640,000 years of...

Renowned Astronomer and Researcher Appointed Dean of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., who currently serves as associate dean for natural science and mathematics, associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of...

University research lab helping runners one step at a time

Some footwear stores videotape a jogger's gait on a treadmill to help determine the kind of running shoe that would be the best fit.

Pentagon push to tap tech talent in 'weird' Texas city

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Wednesday announced the creation of a new defense innovation center in Austin, Texas—the latest expansion in an ongoing effort to connect with some of America's...

Facebook chooses New Mexico for new data center over Utah

Facebook chose New Mexico for a new data center over Utah after questions arose about a tax-break deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich said Wednesday.

UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers for upcoming holidays

It's not even officially fall yet, but delivery companies and retailers are making their hiring lists for the holiday season.

X-ray detection sheds new light on Pluto

Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have made the first detections of X-rays from Pluto. These observations offer new insight into the space environment surrounding the largest and best-known object...

Fighting Cancer with Space Research

JPL and the National Cancer Institute renewed a partnership to extend development of data science that originated in space exploration and now supports cancer discoveries.

Too sensitive? Sex toy maker sued over collection of intimate data

A U.S. woman has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Canadian-owned maker of a smartphone-enabled vibrator, alleging the company sells products that secretly collect and transmit "highly sensitive" information.

Clinton Supports Human Mars Exploration

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she supports plans to send humans to Mars, a central theme of the current administration’s civil space policy.

International Cooperation Key to Spaceflight's Future, NASA Chief Says

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden quoted poet William James and songwriter Norah Jones in a speech he gave yesterday (Sept. 13) describing the need for collaboration in spaceflight.

For 'Star Trek' Golden Anniversary, Golden Ales to Quaff

In the 24th century, Starfleet served synthehol; a sad state of affairs for connoisseurs of alcohol. But mondern-day beer-loving Trekkies can take heart: a new beer called Voyage to the...

Sofia Vergara named Forbes highest paid TV actress for fifth year in a row

Wade SheridanLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- For the fifth year in a row, Sofia Vergara has taken the number one spot atop Forbes annual highest paid TV actresses list...

Scientists say drop 'five-second rule' for food on floor

Stephen FellerNEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Although the five-second rule is widely observed, researchers at Rutgers University found in a study that bacteria can transfer from floor to...

Storm Reid lands lead in Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Thirteen-year-old actress Storm Reid will play Meg Murry in "A Wrinkle in Time" co-starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

Adjusting exchange rates affects currency value

Forthcoming research from Cass Business School and the Bank of International Settlements has found that newly proposed currency valuation metrics display strong predictive power for exchange rates, offering valuable insights...

Demystifying shrinking cities

A new book by geography and planning experts examines several decades worth of data to provide an analysis of the state of shrinking cities across the United States.

Senior official says UK exploring national internet filter

The head of Britain's newly formed cybersecurity agency says authorities are exploring the creation of a national internet filter to block malicious software and rogue websites.

Prosthetic triage: Inside the Paralympic repair shop

When you're an elite Paralympic competitor and your artificial limb isn't feeling quite right, there's a repair shop at Rio's athletes' village that can help. It's a busy place that's...

Organic Panic: Finding the Right Combination

Farmers have been using a mix-and-match approach to practices for growing their organic veggies. Which combination of practices was best, however, was uncertain. Recent research sheds light on long-term effects...

Libertarian Gary Johnson to appear on all 50 state ballots

Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson will appear on the ballot in all 50 states, a feat no third party candidate has achieved in...

James Gunn responds to Steven Tyler's 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' request

Wade SheridanLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Director James Gunn has responded on social media to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's request to appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy 3."

Pig who jumped from truck to save its life finds new home

Daniel UriaPOOLESVILLE, Md., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A daring piglet who jumped out of a moving truck in Pennsylvania to save its own life found a new home at a...

Tony Shalhoub joins Amazon original series from 'Gilmore Girls' creator

Sarah MuléLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Tony Shalhoub joins Rachel Brosnahan in "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's new Amazon drama "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

Neil deGrasse Tyson on "StarTalk," 2016 elections

One of America's best-known scientists discusses great moments from his Emmy-nominated talk show, and what's missing in this presidential campaign

More Couples Are Asking Friends and Family to Officiate Weddings

With wedding season still in full swing, one researcher is finding a growing nuptial trend: An increasing percentage of couples are opting to have a friend or family member get...

Live Mice Are Bred from Artificially Developed Egg

The experiment resulted in the birth of healthy baby mice with a success rate of up to 24 percent.

Toy companies Hasbro, Mattel and others agree to stop online child tracking

Amy R. ConnollyALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Four toy companies, including giants Hasbro and Mattel, agreed to pay nearly $1 million in fines for allowing vendors to track children's...

Jennifer Garner all smiles at 'Wakefield' world premiere

Annie MartinTORONTO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Jennifer Garner attended the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Wakefield" with co-star Bryan Cranston and director Robin Swicord.

Cute Insect-Murdering Mammal Had Roots in Dinosaur Age

Hundreds of years ago, owls gobbled down small mammals called Nesophontes and regurgitated pellets of their remains. That mammal is now extinct, but an analysis of the pellets reveals how...

Researchers build world’s largest database of crystal surfaces and shapes

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with the Materials Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), have created the world’s largest database of elemental crystal...

Cheryl Burke addresses Ryan Lochte protester incident: 'We all need to love each other'

Wade SheridanLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Cheryl Burke has taken to social media to address the recent protester ambush aimed at her new "Dancing with the Stars" partner Ryan...

A spoonful of sugar helps the bacteria go down

Health Gel-like layers protect microbes and help them stick to your intestines This new protective coating gets helpful gut flora past your stomach acid…

Explained: why a reboot is the go-to computer fix

It's the most common answer to our computing woes: when your PC or mobile is playing up, try turning it off and on again. Or, alternatively, rebooting.

Physicists develop new touchscreen technology

Physicists at the University of Sussex are at an advanced stage of developing alternative touchscreen technology to overcome the shortfall in the traditional display, phone and tablet material that relies...

Wheat producers advised to take advantage of existing soil nitrogen

As producers across the state are planting winter wheat, it is important they consider crediting soil nitrogen in their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

Facebook's algorithms give it more editorial responsibility—not less

Recent criticism of Facebook for removing a post containing the iconic image of a naked girl during the Vietnam War isn't the first time it has been accused of censorship....

What does space sound like?

An astrophysics professor and contemporary music producers have teamed up to create a special remix of some of the observatory's historic archive recordings.

Anna Camp shares pic of second dress she wore at wedding to 'Pitch Perfect' costar Skylar Astin

Sarah MuléLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Anna Camp shared a photo of her short, feathered party dress and gold Converse from her weekend nuptials to "Pitch Perfect" costar Skylar...

U.N. refugee summit: abstract discussions in face of deadly crisis

Alexander Betts, Refugees Deeply World leaders will meet at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to discuss the large-scale movement of refugees and migrants.

Tropical Storm Julia soaks northern Florida, Georgia

Allen ConeMIAMI, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Julia dumped rain on northeast Florida and the Georgia coastline as a tropical depression formed in the far eastern Atlantic.

Tara Reid promotes anti-bullying movie with bruised photo

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Tara Reid shocked fans by posting a picture of herself looking bruised and battered for her anti-bullying movie "Worthless."

Scientists consider the future of seafood and farmed fish

Brooks HaysSANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Researchers believe farming fish is the only viable way to meet the growing demand for animal protein, which is expected to double...

White Sox set Guinness record with 1,122 dogs attending game

Ben HooperCHICAGO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The Chicago White Sox earned a Guinness World Record for canine attendance when 1,122 dogs showed up for the annual "Bark at the Park"...

Wives of jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders form political prisoner group

Andrew V. PestanoCARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The wives of jailed Venezuelan politicians have formed a committee for political prisoners' relatives to take on President Nicolas Maduro.