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Study: gamblers' brains not unlike those of pigeons

Study: gamblers' brains not unlike those of pigeons

WARWICK, England, Aug. 27 (UPI) --According to psychologists at Warwick University, in the United Kingdom, the risky decisions that gamblers make are similar to the tendencies of greedy pigeons.
Brooks Hays
Newfoundland fossil is earliest evidence of muscled animals

Newfoundland fossil is earliest evidence of muscled animals

MISTAKEN POINT, Newfoundland, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Scientists say a fossil unearthed in Newfoundland is the earliest evidence of an animal with muscles -- proof that complex animals are older than thought.
Brooks Hays
U.S. hypersonic weapon self-destructs four seconds into test

U.S. hypersonic weapon self-destructs four seconds into test

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Four seconds into the launch of an hypersonic weapon, on Monday, U.S. military officials were forced to abandon the test and cue the weapon to self-destruct.
Brooks Hays
International Space Station flies through Aurora Australis

International Space Station flies through Aurora Australis

PARIS, Aug. 26 (UPI) --The European Space Agency (ESA) released a time-lapse video of the International Space Station (ISS) passing through the Aurora Australis or "southern lights."
Aileen Graef
European satellites in incorrect orbit

European satellites in incorrect orbit

KOUROU, French Guiana, Aug. 25 (UPI) --Europe's effort to establish a GPS satellite constellation has a problem -- its first fully operational satellites were launched into an incorrect orbit.
Richard J. Tomkins
SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

MCGREGOR, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) --A Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX exploded during a test flight over Texas.
Danielle Haynes
NEC touts its fingerprint technology

NEC touts its fingerprint technology

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 22 (UPI) --Fingerprint identification technology from NEC Corporation of America achieved top place in testing by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Richard Tomkins
Parched land in the drought-riddled West is actually rising

Parched land in the drought-riddled West is actually rising

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 22 (UPI) --New GPS measurements confirm, the ground is actually rising as water is sucked from the soil during one the West's longest and most severe droughts.
Brooks Hays
Mars rover spots rock shaped like thigh bone

Mars rover spots rock shaped like thigh bone

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) --A new photo from Mars, snapped by the Curiosity rover, shows a rock shaped suspiciously like a thigh bone.
Brooks Hays
Birds lost their sweet tooth, hummingbirds got it back

Birds lost their sweet tooth, hummingbirds got it back

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 22 (UPI) --New research suggests hummingbirds have evolved their T1R1 and T1R3 sensors -- typically used to detect umami or savory flavors -- to pick out sugary notes.
Brooks Hays
Fish can smell a bad coral reef

Fish can smell a bad coral reef

ATLANTA, Aug. 21 (UPI) --According to new research, damaged reefs give off distinct smells -- smells that say to a fish, 'don't set up shop here.'
Brooks Hays
Tech industry All Stars developing 'Star Trek'-style communication badges

Tech industry All Stars developing 'Star Trek'-style communication badges

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Innovators from Silicon Valley's top firms have come together to form OnBeep, a startup hoping to make "Star Trek"-style communication badges a reality.
Matt Bradwell
Tropical storm Karina looks like the number 9 from space

Tropical storm Karina looks like the number 9 from space

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --From the vantage of NASA's Aqua satellite, tropical storm Karina appears like the number nine.
Brooks Hays
Neanderthals and humans interacted for thousands of years

Neanderthals and humans interacted for thousands of years

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --A new study from Oxford University reveals Neanderthals and humans interacted for up to 5,000 years, 10 times longer than previously thought.
Aileen Graef
Researchers dig up earliest evidence of snail-eating

Researchers dig up earliest evidence of snail-eating

TARRAGONA, Spain, Aug. 21 (UPI) --The Paleolithic humans on the east coast of Spain were collecting, cooking and eating snails roughly 10,000 years before any of their Mediterranean neighbors.
Brooks Hays
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