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Nepal earthquake may herald more Himalayan temblors

Deadly quake rattled eastern end of long-quiet fault

Stephen Hawking: Zayn Malik could still be in a parallel One Direction – video

Stephen Hawking tells One Direction fans to pay close attention to theoretical physics. He says it may prove there is an alternative universe in which Zayn Malik is still in...

Photos: Shimmering Shades May Help Animals Survive

It's unclear why so many species sport iridescent colors, but a new study suggests that these shimmering shades may help animals confuse and escape predators.

Could smell hold the key to ending pesticide use?

UK scientists may have uncovered a natural way of avoiding the use of pesticides and help save plants from attack by recreating a natural insect repellent.

Bats use both sides of brain to listen—just like humans

Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and American University have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of...

Thai customs make new three-tonne ivory seizure

More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said Monday, the second huge haul of tusks...

Hawaii telescope website taken down in apparent cyberattack

An apparent cyberattack Sunday temporarily disrupted the main website of Thirty Meter Telescope, the organization trying to construct one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea...

Report details benefits of investment in basic research

Last year was a notable one for scientific achievements: In 2014, European researchers discovered a fundamental new particle that sheds light on the origins of the universe, and the European...

New Zealand stoats provide an ark for genetic diversity

British stoats suffered a dramatic loss in genetic diversity in the 20th Century but extinct British genes were preserved in the stoat population of New Zealand, a new study has...

Common back problems may be caused by evolution of human locomotion

A common spinal disease could be the result of some people's vertebrae, the bones that make up the spine, sharing similarities in shape to a non-human primate. The research, published...

Upside down and inside out

Researchers have captured the first 3D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out, from a sphere to a mushroom shape and back again. The results could help...

Electronic cigarettes gaining in popularity among teens

Teens no longer smoke just cigarettes. They have branched out to using alternative tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes, hookahs and little cigars. In fact, e-cigarette use is rising rapidly...

Scores of civilians killed in airstrikes on Idlib province town amid Syrian army reversals

Fred LambertDARKOUSH, Syria, April 26 (UPI) -- Two activist groups say Syrian government airstrikes on Darkoush, in the embattled Idlib province, killed and wounded up to 60 civilians.

Ariane 5's first launch of 2015

An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits.

Sofosbuvir and peginterferon/ribavirin demonstrates virologic response rates in G3 hep C patients

New results demonstrate that hepatitis C (HCV)-infected genotype-3 (GT-3) patients, with and without cirrhosis, receiving 24 weeks of sofosbuvir (SOF) in combination with ribavirin (RBV) and peginterferon (PEG) achieved the...

Scepticism over rising temperatures? Lord Lawson peddles a fake controversy

Why does the Global Warming Policy Foundation claim to undertake a ‘major inquiry into the integrity of the official global surface temperature records’ on data by meteorological organisations? Continue reading...

Applied Materials calls off $9.4B Tokyo Electron buyout

Applied Materials has called off its $9.4 billion acquisition of Tokyo Electron Ltd. after hitting a regulatory roadblock.

Electric solar wind sail could make bidirectional manned Mars flights economically feasible

The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilises long, charged tethers to convert natural solar wind momentum flux into spacecraft thrust.

Inoculating against science denial

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking...

Expats try phones, social apps to connect to quake-hit Nepal

After the earthquake hit Nepal, Prem Raja Mahat spent a sleepless night at his Baltimore home, trying again and again to reach his son, who was visiting friends and family...

After ten years, spacecraft will end life as just another crater on Mercury's surface

Very soon, probably on 30 April, a half-tonne spacecraft will plough into the surface of Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, at about 4km/s or nearly 9,000mph. The spacecraft...

India's Scorpene-class sub rolls out of building hall

Richard TomkinsPARIS, April 26 (UPI) -- The first of six Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy is ready for systems outfitting.

USAF retires last MC-130P aircraft in Pacific

Richard TomkinsKADENA AIR BASE, Japan, April 26 (UPI) -- The Air Force has retired MC-130P aircraft operating in the Pacific.

Citizen Scientists Discover Five New Supernovas

Over 400,000 volunteer citizen scientists have helped to identify over 2 million new celestial objects and five new supernovas in a wealth of data collected by the SkyMapper telescope.

European parliament refuses to back diversion of research cash

Committees tell President Jean-Claude Juncker to think again on funding for stimulus package

The brains behind the ‘Aha!’ moment

Researchers at UCL have discovered what happens in our brains when we start connecting the dots Continue reading...

Computer Cooling System Could Save U.S. $6.3 Billion in Electricity a Year

A patented passive cooling system for computer processors invented at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) could save U.S. consumers more than $6.3 billion per year in energy costs.

LA's Island Playground Could Trigger Tsunamis

Landslides coming off Catalina Island's steep slopes could send tsunamis racing toward popular Los Angeles and Orange County beaches.

Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality

Immersive interfaces like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality are becoming ever more powerful, eliciting investment from the likes of Google, Samsung and Microsoft. As these technologies become commercially available,...

Study shows that potent toxin passes through food chain from lichen to humans via caribou

A new study out of the University of Alberta shows that Arctic oceans are serving as sources of toxic methylmercury to nearby landscapes. The study quantified the amount of methylmercury...

Weighing and imaging molecules one at a time

Building on their creation of the first-ever mechanical device that can measure the mass of individual molecules, one at a time, a team of Caltech scientists and their colleagues have...

North Dakota rig count hits new low

Daniel J. GraeberBISMARCK, N.D., April 27 (UPI) -- The number of rigs in active service in North Dakota hit a new historic low Monday at 84, down more than 100...

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed tie the knot

Germaine BensonLOS ANGELES, April 27 (UPI) -- Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed wed over the weekend in California.

Norway sees oil, gas safety off to rough start

Daniel J. GraeberOSLO, Norway, April 27 (UPI) -- Energy companies working in the Norwegian sector, need to ensure safety is not a casualty of the weakened oil market, a regulator...

Existing poverty index ‘ideal for assessing the SDGs’

The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index could offer a detailed picture of performance on the goals, summit hears.

Study makes surprising link between TV time and childhood obesity

The ill effects of being a couch potato kick in fast for kindergartners, a new study suggests.

Serving healthy foods with a smile may entice students to eat better

Labeling healthy foods with smiley faces and offering small prizes for buying nutritious items may be a low-cost way to get students to make healthy choices in the school lunch...

An unfortunate oversight

The US Toxic Substances Control Act is in dire need of reform. That demands compromises, says Mark Peplow

I lost my sense of smell – it was hard not to panic

The scent of perfume, flowers and smoke: all that was lost on me. What a relief to finally wake up and smell the coffee Continue reading...

Graphene-based technique creates the smallest gaps in nanostructures

A new procedure will enable researchers to fabricate smaller, faster, and more powerful nanoscale devices ─ and do so with molecular control and precision. Using a single layer of carbon...

Bendable glass devices

A special class of glass materials known as chalcogenide glasses holds promise for speeding integration of photonic and electronic devices with functions as diverse as data transfer and chemical sensing....

Detecting human life with remote technology

Flinders engineering students Laith Al-Shimaysawee and Ali Al-Dabbagh have developed ground-breaking new technology for detecting human life using remote cameras.

Research team models new atomic structures of gold nanoparticle

They may deal in gold, atomic staples and electron volts rather than cement, support beams and kilowatt-hours, but chemists have drafted new nanoscale blueprints for low-energy structures capable of housing...

Startup marries digital, physical worlds

A startup business that wants to link the realm of physical objects to the digital world of the Internet is basing its future on low-cost, highly engineered, one-of-a-kind plastic stamps.

Supreme Court set to take on same-sex marriage case

Andrew V. PestanoWASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court is set to take on the issue of gay marriage on Tuesday, by deciding if states have the right to...

Algorithms are like invisible judges that decide our fates

Companies now use ‘voice analysis’ software to determine whether to hire us. And, once we’re employed, to predict if we’ll stay Continue reading...

Think your world view is fixed? Learn another language and you’ll think differently

New research says that a German speaker and an English speaker perceive the world in different ways – thanks to the grammatical toolkit they’re using Continue reading...

Secret life of penguins revealed

To mark World Penguin Day (25 April 2015) citizen science project Penguin Watch will release 500,000 new images of penguins and reveal secrets from a year of spying on penguins.

A novel pathway producing dimethylsulphide in bacteria

A scientific team that includes researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB) has identified a novel pathway producing dimethylsulphide, a volatile organosulfur compound which plays a major role in climate...

Highly conductive germanium nanowires made by a simple, one-step process

For the first time, germanium nanowires have been deposited on indium tin oxide substrate by a simple, one-step process called electrodeposition.

Sentinel-2A arrives in French Guiana for 12 June launch

The latest satellite for the European Commission's environmental Copernicus programme has arrived safe and sound in French Guiana for launch on 12 June. Carrying a multispectral imager, Sentinel-2A is set...

Interaction of carbon nanotubes and the blood-brain barrier

A paper published in Biomaterials studies the interaction of carbon nanotubes and the blood-brain barrier. It was carried by the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at the King's College London. Elzbieta Pach...

Researchers identify molecules that help cells to pinpoint their position

For the kidneys to function flawlessly, millions of cells must be arranged precisely according to a specified blueprint. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in...

London keen on BP's survival

Daniel J. GraeberLONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- Amid takeover rumors, the British government said it's in the best interest for the country to have BP remain active as a player...

Cinehackers: How 2 Toronto filmmakers made their virtual-reality movie

Just don't call them hack directors. A pair of filmmakers from Toronto have produced a 10-minute scripted short for the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset that could be among the first...

Capgemini to buy IGATE in $4 billion US expansion push

French IT services and consulting company Capgemini said Monday it was buying New Jersey-based IGATE for $4 billion (3.7 billion euros), boosting its US-generated business to 30 percent of its...

Lice Shouldn't Keep Kids from School, Doctors Say

Head lice are annoying, but they don't make people sick, and so children with lice should not be kept away from school, according to new guidelines from a leading group...

Parents sound off on mobile device use by children

Smartphones and tablets have become part of everyday life, but parents still worry that mobile devices may not be the best thing for their children, according to a new study.

Despite warnings, health food stores recommend over-the-counter dietary supplements to minors

Fifteen year olds are not only able to buy over-the-counter dietary supplements from a sampling of health food stores across the country, the staff at those stores actually went so...

Mickelson withdraws from Match Play

Phil Mickelson announced late Sunday that he has withdrawn from this week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Fake, Inferior Medicines Pose Worldwide Risks

Health: Report finds that ‘pandemic of falsified and substandard medicines is pervasive and underestimated’

Washington Wizards sweep Toronto Raptors

Paul Pierce had his arms wrapped around John Wall and Bradley Beal as the trio shared a chuckle on the bench in the fourth quarter.

Rodriguez, New York Yankees slug New York Mets

Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the New York Yankees beat the Mets 6-4 in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Jay Z defends Tidal streaming music service

Kate StantonNEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Jay Z took to Twitter Sunday for a "stream of consciousness" defense against critics who say Tidal is a flop.

Giving books to kids before summer break can stem reading losses

A new study shows that giving students books at the end of the school year can help stem losses in reading skills.

One third of teens admit to texting while driving: State laws help

State laws banning texting while driving led to significant reductions in the number of teens using their cell phones while behind the wheel, but nearly one-third still admitted to engaging...

Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warning of an "innovation deficit," scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in...

Pink concert did not harm New Jersey girl, judge rules

Kate StantonOCEAN COUNTY, N.J., April 26 (UPI) -- A New Jersey judge has ruled that a mother's decision to take her daughter to a Pink concert is not "bad parenting."

Chipotle to Stop Serving Genetically Altered Food

Starting Monday, nothing sold by Chipotle, which has more than 1,800 restaurants, will contain any genetically modified ingredients.

Drought Widens Economic Divide for Californians

The persistent water shortage is illustrating parallel worlds in which wealthy communities guzzle water as poorer neighbors conserve by necessity.

High radiotherapy dose improves prospects for children with brain cancer

Researchers have found that increasing the dose of radiotherapy given to children with an intracranial ependymoma, a form of cancer of the central nervous system, can significantly improve their survival.

Grazoprevir/elbasvir combo shows high cure rate for patients with chronic HCV

Once-daily oral grazoprevir/elbasvir combination therapy, taken without interferon or ribavirin for 12 weeks, demonstrated high sustained virologic response rates for treatment-naive patients with cirrhotic or non-cirrhotic chronic hepatitis C virus...

Youths who survive self-poisoning continue to be at risk of suicide for years

Teenagers who are hospitalized after intentionally poisoning themselves are at a significantly increased risk of dying by suicide in the following decade, according to a new study.

Training future cybersecurity warriors

The first line of defense in the "terrifyingly normal" business of hacker attacks may come from Alabama high school students trained in the increasingly vital field of cybersecurity. David Pogue...

South Africa decries Nigerian removal of ambassadors amid xenophobic attacks

Fred LambertJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 26 (UPI) -- South Africa decried Nigeria's decision to pull its diplomats from the country after a month of xenophobic attacks on foreign Africans.

We are family: Adult support reduces youths' risk of violence exposure

Adults can have a bigger influence on youths growing up in poor, violent neighborhoods than they may realize.

Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana as Medicine

Among the law’s many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious “collective gardens” providing cannabis to thousands.

Researchers harness the power of mobile devices to teach kids about safety

Since it's nearly impossible to keep mobile devices out of the hands of children, they might as well learn something worthwhile using these devices. That was the idea behind the...

Program puts a dent in summer hunger

When schools close their doors for the summer, many low-income children who rely on subsidized breakfasts and lunches don't know when they will get their next meal. An innovative program...

Some children lose autism diagnosis but still struggle

About one in 14 toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder no longer met the diagnostic criteria in elementary school, but most continued to have emotional/behavior symptoms and required special education...

Death midwives help families cope with end-of-life care

More and more Canadians are rethinking how they'd like to live their final days, and what kind of death they want to have. In this Day 6 documentary, hear how...

New study examines relationship between electricity usage and stock market return

A new study by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame, shows that the growth rate in industrial electricity usage negatively predicts...

Russia jails women in 'twerking' video at WWII memorial

Fred LambertNOVOROSSIYSK, Russia, April 26 (UPI) -- A Russian court on Saturday handed out jail sentences and fines to a group of women who filmed themselves 'twerking' in front of...

Sophia Bush mourns the death of ex-beau Dan Fredinburg, who was killed in Mount Everest avalanche

Karen ButlerWASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Sophia Bush says she was heartbroken to learn her former beau Dan Fredinburg, an executive at Google, had been killed in an avalanche on...

Israeli airstrike kills team of militants laying explosive on northern border

Fred LambertMAJDAL SHAMS, Israel, April 26 (UPI) -- Israel launched an airstrike against a team of four militants planting an explosive device in the Golan Heights on Sunday, according to...

Putin: U.S. helped 'terrorists' in fight against Moscow years ago

Doug G. WareMOSCOW, April 26 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says U.S. intelligence once supported insurgent "terrorists" in the North Caucasus, hoping they would topple Moscow's regime.

Brad Pitt says running in flip-flops led to fall and facial bruises

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt says flimsy footwear was to blame for the facial bruises he sported at Saturday's 3rd annual Light Up the Blues Concert...

Jeb Bush claims it doesn't cost $1 billion to run a good campaign

Thor BensonMIAMI, April 26 (UPI) -- While speaking to major political donors at a hotel in Miami Beach on Sunday, Bush said it shouldn't cost $1 billion to run a...

How hearing and noise can affect what older patients learn

An experiment at Memorial University has found that learning and memory improve under ideal listening conditions.

5 billion people don't have access to safe surgery, new study finds

Nearly a third of deaths worldwide each year are caused by conditions preventable with safe surgery, says a report by 25 leading medical experts from around the globe.

'Ash vs. Evil Dead' production under way in New Zealand

Karen ButlerBEVERLY HILLS , Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- Starz says production has begun in New Zealand on the first, 10-episode season of "Ash vs. Evil Dead."

Hunting whales with rowing boats and spears

The men who hunt huge prey with rowing boats and spears

Hidden lives of Chernobyl's wildlife

Scientists' camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Novel polarization to increase data speeds

As the world's exponentially growing demand for digital data slows the Internet and cell phone communication, researchers may have just figured out a new way to increase its speed.

Celladon says heart treatment fails in trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celladon Corp said its heart failure gene therapy Mydicar failed to meet its primary and secondary endpoints in an important trial.

George W. Bush talks Iran, Hillary and 2016 in rare public discussion

Doug G. WareLAS VEGAS, April 26 (UPI) -- Former President George W. Bush offered plenty of opinions on various political issues in a rare public, but private, discussion at a...

Erekat: No negotiations after Netanyahu's pre-election refusal of Palestinian state

Fred LambertJERUSALEM, April 26 (UPI) -- Palestine's chief negotiator said talks with Israel are dead due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election stance against a two-state solution.

Russian hackers obtained some of President Obama's emails

Thor BensonWASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Russian hackers were able to obtain some of President Obama's unclassified emails last year.

Clinton Foundation admits donor disclosure mistakes, promises changes

Thor BensonWASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- The Clinton Foundation has released a statement regarding its donor disclosures, and it has admitted some mistakes were made and that they will be...

Lil Wayne unharmed in Georgia tour bus shootings

Karen ButlerATLANTA, April 26 (UPI) -- Rapper Lil Wayne was not hurt when shots were fired at two of his tour buses early Sunday in Cobb County, Ga.