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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1 hour ago from UPI

On May 23, 1934, Clyde Barrow and his sweetheart, Bonnie Parker, were shot dead after being ambushed by police in Bienville Parish, La.

New project uses phones and drones to monitor endangered species

1 hour ago from Physorg

Conservation researchers have developed an interactive software tool called ConservationFIT that can "read" digital images of animal footprints captured from smartphones, cameras or drones and accurately identify the species, sex...

North Korea-linked hackers 'highly likely' behind WannaCry: Symantec

1 hour ago from Physorg

The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec...

Freeze-dried sperm stored in space passes fertility test

5 hours ago from UPI

It might be possible for animals and humans to reproduce beyond Earth, Japanese researchers said Monday.

PBS airing live nature special from Alaska this summer

5 hours ago from AP Science

NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch...

Forty More Genes for Intelligence Discovered

8 hours ago from MSNBC: Science

More genes for intelligence have been found, but don't expect designer smart babies or DNA tests for big brains.

Conservative Reps Urge Trump to Fire NIH Head

8 hours ago from MSNBC: Science

A group of conservative members of Congress urged President Trump to fire NIH director Francis Collins because of his support for stem cell research.

Rethinking role of viruses in coral reef ecosystems

12 hours ago from Physorg

Conventional wisdom has it that within virus-bacteria population dynamics, viruses frequently kill their host bacterial cells—a process called lysis—especially when there's a large concentration of bacteria. A different dynamic called...

Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

13 hours ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Nepalese mountain guides have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently lowlanders.

Customs officers in Texas find 63 bird nest pieces in luggage

13 hours ago from UPI

Customs officials at a Texas airport said they seized 63 bird nest pieces from the luggage of a traveler arriving from Vietnam.

Mystery alligator captured at shore of Indiana creek

14 hours ago from UPI

A pair of Indiana men fishing in a creek made a highly unusual catch for the area: a 2-1/2-foot-long alligator.

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Bill White dies at 77

14 hours ago from UPI

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Bill White, who played in six NHL All-Star games, has died at age 77.

Hunter crushed to death by elephant shot in Zimbabwe

15 hours ago from UPI

South African hunter Theunis Botha was crushed to death by an elephant that was shot in western Zimbabwe, the nation's national wildlife authority said.

Navajo student leaves his ‘footprints’ across the globe

15 hours ago from Harvard Science

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. When Damon Clark ’17, a member of the Navajo (Diné) Nation, arrived on campus from New Mexico, he...

New Clues Emerge About How Fruit Flies Navigate Their World

16 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Janelia Research Campus scientists have uncovered new clues about how fruit flies keep track of where they are in the world. Understanding the neural basis of navigation in flies may...

Sunflower Genome Sequence to Provide Roadmap for More Resilient Crops

16 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

University of Georgia researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence.

Scientists are spelunking for cave gunk to fight superbugs

16 hours ago from PopSci

Science Deep in caverns around the world, bacteria are laboring to make antibiotics we can discover and use for ourselves. Caves are full of...

Wild geese in China are 'prisoners' in their own wetlands

16 hours ago from Physorg

In many places in the world, goose populations are booming as the birds have moved out of their wetland habitats to exploit an abundance of food on farmland. But, new...

Light-sensitive E. coli paint a colourful picture

16 hours ago from News @ Nature

Microbes have been genetically engineered to sense red, green and blue light, and to produce pictures of what they 'see'.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22026

Nepal torches valuable wildlife parts

17 hours ago from Physorg

Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade.

Researchers show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling

17 hours ago from Physorg

Scientists at Rice University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have discovered that laser-induced graphene (LIG) is a highly effective anti-fouling material and, when electrified, bacteria zapper.

Calcium dynamics regulating the timing of decision-making in C. elegans

17 hours ago from Physorg

All animals make decisions according to information, but the detailed mechanism is not known. The researchers found that, a tiny worm chooses the direction in an odor space by mathematically...

Scientists design new protein structure

17 hours ago from Physorg

This research will help to design small proteins and small molecules that could be the basis for future biotechnologies and medicines.

Speeding up quality control for biologics

17 hours ago from Physorg

Drugs manufactured by living cells, also called biologics, are one of the fastest-growing segments of the pharmaceutical industry. These drugs, often antibodies or other proteins, are being used to treat...

Conservation and nameless earthworms: Assessors in the dark?

17 hours ago from Physorg

Species that live exclusively in a single region are at a particular risk of extinction. However, for them to be protected, thorough assessments of the environmental impacts need to be...

Parasitic robot system for waypoint navigation of turtle

18 hours ago from Physorg

A KAIST research team presented a hybrid animal-robot interaction called "the parasitic robot system," that imitates the nature relationship between parasites and host.

Modified experimental vaccine protects monkeys from deadly malaria

18 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have modified an experimental malaria vaccine and showed that it completely protected four of eight monkeys that received it against challenge with the virulent Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite. In...

Study finds female students less likely to drop engineering program if female mentored

19 hours ago from Physorg

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of Massachusetts has found evidence that suggests women are more likely to continue to pursue a degree in engineering if they have a...