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Russia announces plans to build new space station with U.S.

Brooks HaysBAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, March 28 (UPI) -- Russian state media reported Roscosmos, the country's space agency, would work on a new space station in cooperation with NASA, but NASA is...

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly, with lights going out to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

For Type V AC Joint Injuries, Early Surgery May Not Be the Best Approach

Early surgery may not be the best treatment option for patients with Type V AC joint injuries, according to new research. Medical researchers showed military personnel returned to duty faster...

Astronauts Move Into Space Station for Yearlong Mission

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has boarded the International Space Station for a yearlong visit to space and a one-of-a-kind science experiment.

Prince Bishop beats Americans in Dubai World Cup

By Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing WriterDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 28 (UPI) -- Prince Bishop keeps World Cup in Dubai despite best efforts of American team; other results from the...

Germanwings co-pilot sought treatment of vision problems

Amy R. ConnollyPARIS, March 28 (UPI) -- The co-pilot who allegedly downed Germanwings Flight 9525 reportedly sought treatment for vision problems that may have hampered his ability to fly.

White House issues antibiotic plan to fight superbugs

Amy R. ConnollyWASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- The White House unveiled a five-year, $1.2 billion plan to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria responsible for up to 23,000 U.S. deaths a year.

New way to evaluate meniscus tear outcomes

An individual’s meniscus (cushion in the knee) is one of the most important ligaments in the leg providing stability, load bearing and preservation of the knee joint. It is also...

Marijuana seeds distributed for free at D.C.-hosted event

Fred LambertWASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Residents of Washington D.C. lined up for free cannabis seeds on Thursday and Saturday in a giveaway following last year's measure to legalize marijuana.

Germanwings Crash: Mental Illness Not Necessarily to Blame

Investigators may never know exactly why Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz carried out what is believed to have been a deliberate plane crash in the French Alps on Tuesday, but mental...

Some British Airways frequent flier accounts miles breached

Some British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe.

Nigeria election draws millions amid violence

Amy R. ConnollyABUJA, Nigeria, March 28 (UPI) -- Millions of Nigerian voters descended on the polls Saturday for the hotly contested presidential election. Up to 13 people were killed in...

Precocious GEM: Shape-shifting sensor can report conditions from deep in the body

Scientists have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible...

Highly Processed Foods Dominate U.S. Grocery Purchases

A nation-wide analysis of grocery purchases reveals that highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food we buy, and these items tend to have...

BlackBerry surprises analysts with $28M profit for Q4

Doug G. WareTORONTO, March 27 (UPI) -- Smartphone maker BlackBerry surprised analysts Friday by posting a profit of $28 million for the last quarter, when experts expected a loss in...

Sometimes Attention Is The Deficit

Writers, athletes and athletes can tell you that sometimes being too focused in a bad thing. You need to relax a little, especially if, as the old saying goes, being...

Forensic Fandom: One Of The Reasons TV Storytelling Is Now So Complex

If you watch the season finale of The Walking Dead this Sunday, the story will likely evoke events from previous episodes, while making references to an array of minor and...

Margaret Ann Boatright dies at 86

Jim WieckBURNET, Texas, March 28 (UPI) -- Margaret Ann Boatright, former president of software development and content management firm Wieck, and longtime executive with UPI, died Wednesday. She was 86.

Sri Lankan president's brother dies after ax attack

Fred LambertPOLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, March 28 (UPI) -- The brother of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena died in the hospital after he was attacked over a private dispute by a...

Must Cockpits Remain Deadlocked Between Safety and Security? (Op-Ed)

It has become apparent that these two aspects – safety and security – are not always achievable at the same time. In the event of an incident like this, they...

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal...

Arizona man reaches into used golf bag, finds loaded pistol with safety off

Fred LambertBULLHEAD CITY , Ariz., March 28 (UPI) -- A man surveying a newly-purchased used set of golf clubs found a loaded .22-caliber pistol inside one of the bag's pouches.

Volvo releases reflective spray paint for cyclists

Brooks HaysLONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Automotive giant Volvo has released a water-based spray paint called Life Paint that's invisible during the day and highly reflective at night.

New Genetic Link Found for Alcohol-Related Liver Cirrhosis

In most people, any liver damage that might occur from drinking alcohol is reversible. However, in 25 to 30 percent of alcoholics what begins as accumulation of fat in the...

'Walking Dead' companion series gets a title

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- Robert Kirkman has revealed on Twitter the title of the upcoming "Walking Dead" companion series will be "Fear the Walking Dead."

Coffee erases liver cancer risk caused by daily alcohol consumption

Brooks HaysLONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Boozers are at heightened risk of liver cancer, but research suggests regular coffee consumption can diminish damage caused by regular alcohol consumption.

How UK wonder substance graphene can't and won't benefit UK

Once a research-rich economy the UK has fallen behind in innovation with UK firms allegedly either incapable or unwilling to exploit inventions Continue reading...

Over a dozen killed in al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Fred LambertMOGADISHU, Somalia, March 28 (UPI) -- At least 14 people are dead after al-Shabab militants attacked a Mogadishu hotel in a siege that began Friday and ended Saturday.

'Family Matters' actor Darius McCrary arrested for failure to pay child support

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- "Family Matters" alum Darius McCrary was arrested this week for failure to pay child support for his young son.

Best Space Photos of the Week — March 29, 2015

From the first (contraband) corned beef sandwich in space to astronomy's oldest known 'Nova,' don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2015.

Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?

A new study found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings.

Well: Spring Pasta Night!

Martha Rose Shulman offers a new simple pasta dish for spring that is packed with flavor and elegance.

First teaser trailer released for Daniel Craig's next James Bond adventure 'Spectre'

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first teaser trailer for "Spectre," the 24th James Bond adventure.

Human rights group: Extremists capture Syrian city Idlib

Amy R. ConnollyDAMASCUS, Syria, March 28 (UPI) -- An al Qaida-affliated group and other extremists captured the Syrian city of Idlib for the first time during the country's civil...

Scars on Mars from 2012 rover landing fade—usually

A series of observations from Mars orbit show how dark blast zones that were created during the August 2012 landing of NASA's Curiosity rover have faded inconsistently.

85 college students tried to draw the Apple logo from memory. 84 failed.

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra Could you draw the ubiquitous Apple computer logo from memory? Probably not, as it turns out. In a new...

Prebiotic Shows Promise in Regulating Kids' Appetites

The obesity epidemic among children has caused alarm throughout the United States and Canada. Achieving healthy energy intake among this age group is a widespread health concern. A new method...

Jimmy Fallon statues unveiled by Madame Tussauds

Karen ButlerNEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon attended the unveiling of five new wax statues in his likeness at Madame Tussauds in New York.

Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week

Our melting Earth, crazy gecko moves and creatures from the deep, here are our favorite images from Science this week.

Bethenny Frankel reportedly hires personality coaches

Karen ButlerNEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- Reality television personality Bethenny Frankel has reportedly hired image consultants to help make her more likable.

How To Save Formula 1

With the season newly underway, Formula 1’s struggles are already clear to see. The exorbitant costs of competing, combined with uneven profits is especially hurting the chances of survival for...

Women with ovarian cancer gain extra months with addition of drug to standard chemotherapy

Overall survival for women who received standard chemotherapy treatment plus bevacizumab was a median five months longer than for women who received the standard chemotherapy treatment alone.

Immunotherapy delays recurrence for stage III and IV ovarian cancers

Personalized medicine is getting closer to reality for women with late-stage ovarian cancer. An experimental immunotherapy is in the works that can target an individual woman’s tumor and extend the...

Willie Nelson to be the face of new marijuana brand Willie's Reserve

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- Country music icon and marijuana enthusiast Willie Nelson is to be the face of the new Willie's Reserve line of weed and related...

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exercises some ideas about health

When it comes to kids and food, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pragmatic: "Give kids a choice between French fries and green beans, they're going to pick French fries because they're...

Pain injections for hip arthroscopy patients may not predict surgical outcomes

How best to treat and recover from complicated hip injuries is a growing field in orthopaedic medicine. While diagnostic hip injections are commonly performed for patients with labral tear to...

Why Jane Goodall Believes in Bigfoot (Video)

Without any scientific training, Jane Goodall traveled to Africa at 23 — the rest, is science history.

Yukon inventor opens the door to year-round growing

A green geometric dome at the Yukon Research Centre is a prototype for a project aimed at growing vegetables all winter long.

The color of lettuce determines the speed of its antioxidant effect

Lettuce is a food that greatly benefits health, mainly because it is rich in antioxidants. But not all lettuce varieties have the same antioxidant effect. According to a study led...

Crew Set for Launch of Yearlong Space Station Mission

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is headed to the International Space Station for a year in a one-of-a-kind science experiment.

Try this: Combo lunge also works arms and back in less time

Kim Lyons, the founder of Bionic Body in Hermosa Beach, says she got back into shape after the birth of her son using time-saving exercise combos that give you a...

DARPA seeks new positioning, navigation, timing solutions

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), writing about GPS, said: "The military relies heavily on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT), but GPS access...

Pregnant in limbo: How vulnerable women pay for Canada's universal health care

What duty should Canada have to care for women who are carrying Canadian babies but aren't eligible for health coverage themselves?

Katie Holmes shares cute photo of daughter Suri Cruise on Instagram

Karen ButlerNEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- Actress Katie Holmes posted on Instagram a photo showing her applying makeup in a mirror, alongside her 8-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise.

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes for learning and memory

Music performance is known to induce structural and functional changes to the human brain and enhance cognition. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying music performance have been so far unexplored. A...

No need to delay rotator cuff surgery, study shows

Delaying rotator cuff surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness may not be necessary, according to new research.

Computational model simulates bacterial behavior

Applied mathematicians and environmental biotechnologists have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range...

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures

Researchers have developed a novel technique for crafting nanometer-scale necklaces based on tiny star-like structures threaded onto a polymeric backbone. The technique could provide a new way to produce hybrid...

More evidence for groundwater on Mars: Conditions would be conducive for microbial colonization if on Earth

Scientists investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area, Mars, to understand their formation and potential habitability. On the plateau, ELDs consist of rare mounds,...

Climate change does not cause extreme winters, new study shows

Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute...

Masi Oka to return for 'Heroes Reborn'

Karen ButlerUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 28 (UPI) -- Actor Masi Oka is to reprise his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Hiro Nakamura for a guest-starring arc on the event...

Sam Worthington and Lara Bingle welcome their first child

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- Actor Sam Worthington and his girlfriend, model Lara Bingle, have welcomed their first child.

Former NYPD cop, brother get 3 years for selling weapons overseas

Amy R. ConnollyNEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- Brothers Rex and Wilfredo Maralit, a New York City cop and federal customs officer respectively, were sentenced to three years for selling...

Colleges getting out of health insurance business

SEATTLE (AP) -- The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business....

Study takes aim at mitigating the human impact on the Central Valley, California

Study of California's Central Valley shows that as temperature-mitigating technologies are deployed, other environmental factors like pollution become a concern.

AHS using ankle bracelet technology to track dementia patients

A Red Deer company whose products help enforce probation orders for convicted criminals is now part of a study to help families of dementia patients.

Foreign diplomats evacuate Yemen as Saudi-led airstrikes increase

Fred LambertADEN, Yemen, March 28 (UPI) -- Yemen's capital was evacuated of dozens of foreign diplomats and Saudi nationals as Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi rebels intensified into Saturday.

Arizona state senator wants mandatory church attendance

Amy R. ConnollyPHOENIX, March 28 (UPI) -- Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen wants the state to pass a law requiring Sunday church attendance to promote a "moral rebirth."

When attention is a deficit: Sometimes a new strategy makes sense

During tasks that require our attention, we might become so engrossed in what we are doing that we fail to notice there is a better way to get the job...

Serena Williams rained out in Miami

Serena Williams' opening match at the $5.3 million Miami Open was rained out Friday night.

The stapes of a neanderthal child points to the anatomical differences with our species

Asier Gómez-Olivencia, an Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU, has led a piece of research that has produced a 3D reconstruction of the remains of a two-year-old Neanderthal recovered from an...

How body's good fat tissue communicates with brain

Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we...

Long-standing mystery in membrane traffic solved

In 2013, James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman, and Thomas C. Südhof won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular machineries for vesicle trafficking, a...

Russell Crowe didn't apply for citizenship, says Australia's Department of Immigration

Veronica LinaresCANBERRA, Australia, March 27 (UPI) -- Australia's Department of Immigration said there are no records that actor Russell Crowe applied for citizenship despite his claims that he did so...

Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

Researchers have assessed the 'criticality' of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming...

Future US Navy: Robotic sub-hunters, deepsea pods

The robotic revolution that transformed warfare in the skies will soon extend to the deep sea, with underwater spy "satellites," drone-launching pods on the ocean floor and unmanned ships hunting...

Launch replay

Replay of the launch transmission of Soyuz ST-B carrying Galileo satellites 7 and 8, 27 March at 22:46 GMT, from Europe’s Spaceport

Evolutionary novelties in vision

A new study from SciLifeLab at Uppsala University published in PLOS ONE shows that genes crucial for vision were multiplied in the early stages of vertebrate evolution and acquired distinct...

Implantable Micropacemaker Designed For Unborn Baby Hearts

With each beat of a healthy heart, an electrical signal moves from the upper to the lower chambers of the heart. As this signal moves, it results in the heart...

Microsoft buys Office collaborator app LiveLoop

Microsoft said Friday it has purchased the office mobile app LiveLoop, which allows multiple users to collaborate on PowerPoint presentations simultaneously.

NASA aims to pluck boulder from asteroid, bring it to the moon

NASA's next marquee mission might be described as the great asteroid boulder pluck.

Kitty Litter to Blame for Nuclear Waste Leak

Investigators confirmed that a 55-gallon metal drum of nuclear waste burst open in New Mexico after it was packed with the wrong kind of cat litter.

World Briefing: Sierra Leone: Citizens Told to Stay Home to Halt Ebola

Sierra Leone’s six million people were told on Friday to stay home for three days, except to attend religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to...

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, paper finds

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, according to a new paper from an energy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The researcher found that...

Ancient 4-Eyed Predator Wielded Wicked Toothy Claws

A Cambrian predator with a wicked set of arms under its four-eyed face reveals that early arthropods were experimentalists.

Mira Supercomputer use to Peer Inside High-Temperature Superconductors

Researchers are using supercomputers to shed light on the mysterious nature of high-temperature superconductors.

Two new satellites join the Galileo constellation

The EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair. 

Switch that might tame most aggressive of breast cancers

So-called 'triple-negative breast cancers' are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types, researchers have found. They have also found a gene that drives the aggressive disease, and...

Your Money: Tips for the Future Care of Disabled Family Members

The new 529A savings account, special needs trusts and professional advice are among the tools that can make planning decades ahead less overwhelming.

The New Health Care: Company Thinks It Has Answer for Lower Health Costs: Customer Service

An innovative practice hopes its patient-centered methods will work on a national scale, allowing it to expand without losing effectiveness.

Makers of Generic Drugs Challenge F.D.A. Plan for Updated Warnings

The generics industry has proposed that the federal agency take full responsibility for altering labels whenever health risks are discovered rather than expecting companies to take the initiative.

Weed Killer, Long Cleared, Is Doubted

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the maker of Roundup a thumbs up in 1991, but a World Health Organization group now says the active ingredient “probably” causes cancer.

Kevin Durant to have season-ending foot surgery

Alex ButlerOKLAHOMA CITY, March 28 (UPI) -- The reigning NBA MVP won't be raining treys anytime soon.

U.K. government scientists hit with media restrictions

Change to Civil Service Code requires ministerial permission for media contact

For drivers with telescopic lenses, driving experience and training affect road test results

For people with low vision who need bioptic telescopic glasses to drive, previous driving experience and the need for more training hours are the main factors affecting performance on driver's...

Logano on pole for Martinsville race

Joey Logano will start on the pole for the STP 500 after topping Ryan Newman in Friday's qualifying at Martinsville Speedway.

Gonzaga advances after pulling away from UCLA

Gonzaga's shots weren't falling and UCLA cut what was once a double-digit deficit to one early in the second half.

Duke shuts down Utah, sets up showdown vs. Gonzaga

Justise Winslow was the best player on the court in the second semifinal of the South Region Friday night, carrying Duke with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-57...

Michigan State tops OU to get back to Elite Eight

Travis Trice scored 24 points and Michigan State defeated Oklahoma 62-58 in the East Region semifinals on Friday night.