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Report: World wastes half of its food

Billions of tons of food are wasted because of inadequate storage, strict sell-by dates and a desire for cosmetically perfect food, a British report says.

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Telescopes to probe universe's origin ... Study: Cosmetics used in death rituals ... Anti-aircraft laser weapon demonstrated ... Mercury said risk in developing countries ... Science and Technology news from UPI.
Anti-aircraft laser weapon demonstrated

Anti-aircraft laser weapon demonstrated

A German defense company has demonstrated a laser weapon it says successfully shot down two drone aircraft at a distance of a mile.
Earth's core melts deeper than thought

Earth's core melts deeper than thought

Rocks in the Earth's mantle melt at a much greater depth than once thought, which could explain phenomena puzzling geologists for years, U.S. researchers said.
Weather on distant brown dwarf studied

Weather on distant brown dwarf studied

U.S. astronomers say they have created a "weather map" of a brown dwarf, a class of strange, not-quite-star-and-not-quite-planet objects.
Telescopes to probe universe's origin

Telescopes to probe universe's origin

U.S. physicists working with a massive telescope in Chile say they hope to detect space-time fluctuations produced immediately after the birth of the universe.
Pre-Hispanic peoples in Mexico may have used cosmetics to honor the dead

Pre-Hispanic peoples in Mexico may have used cosmetics to honor the dead

Archaeologists say findings suggest the ancient Teotihuacan people of Mexico exhumed their dead and dignified them with cosmetics as a ritual honor.

Mercury said risk in developing countries

People in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, a U.N. report says.
U.S. wild horse roundup debated

U.S. wild horse roundup debated

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it is removing more than 300 wild horses from Utah range land for their safety, in a move opposed by animal groups.

Technology detects flu in 1 hour, not days

Physicians at a Chicago-area hospital say during flu season they can detect if a patient has influenza, a cold or another respiratory illness in an hour.
Underwater robots locate endangered whales

Underwater robots locate endangered whales

Robots designed to "listen" for calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month, researchers say.
Asteroids at distant star suggest planets

Asteroids at distant star suggest planets

Vega, in northern night skies, has an asteroid belt much like our sun, a strong hint of yet-undiscovered planets orbiting other stars, U.S. astronomers say.
High-tech fork can help with dieting

High-tech fork can help with dieting

A high-tech fork its developers say can help people diet was introduced at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas.
Russia, China in count of rare leopard

Russia, China in count of rare leopard

Russian and Chinese scientists say a count of the leopard population in Russia's Far East shows the big cat's numbers apparently have not declined.

Protection of great white sharks debated

California officials recommended accepting a petition by non-profit groups that great white sharks be protected as threatened or endangered under state law.

U.K. forecasters revise warming estimates

Britain's national weather service, the Met Office, says it has revised one of its forecasts for how much the world may warm in the next few years.

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'Prune fingers' may be evolutionary help

The mystery of why fingers get wrinkled when we swim or bathe for long periods is about making wet objects easier to pick up and handle, British scientists say.
Space telescope snaps asteroid photos

Space telescope snaps asteroid photos

A European spacecraft has captured images of an asteroid heading for a close fly-by of Earth that shows it's bigger than previously thought, astronomers say.

Record low temperatures in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has recorded its lowest temperatures in nearly 60 years, an unexpected result of global warming, scientists said.

Fossil tracks of dino 'stampede' studied

The preserved tracks of an assumed dinosaur "stampede" in Australia are largely those of swimming rather than running animals, paleontologists say.
Willow tree is newest invader in Florida

Willow tree is newest invader in Florida

Florida waterways, already infested with invasive snakes and fish, are now under siege by a plant foe, the Carolina willow, researchers say.
Apple mulling lower-cost iPhone model?

Apple mulling lower-cost iPhone model?

Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone in hopes of recovering market share lost to less-expensive Android phones, sources have told The Wall Street Journal.

Calif. a 'safe harbor' for plant species

The remarkable diversity of California's plant life is largely the result of low extinction rates over the past 45 million years, researchers say.
Ancient Roman theater unearthed in Britain

Ancient Roman theater unearthed in Britain

Archaeologists in Britain say they have uncovered the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman theater, thought to be the first ever discovered in the country.
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