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Wildfire burns Howard Hughes' ranch

LAS VEGAS, July 2 (UPI) -- A fire that charred 600 acres of land and destroyed 10 houses around Howard Hughes' former ranch in Nevada continued to burn Friday.

Howard Hughes's Lincoln sold for $1M

TULSA, Okla., June 18 (UPI) -- A 1936 Lincoln Boat Tail Speedster once owned by the late U.S. filmmaker Howard Hughes has sold for $1 million at the Leake Car Show & Auction in Tulsa, Okla.

Top aide to Howard Hughes dead at 90

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Robert Maheu, a Los Angeles private investigator who became Howard Hughes's top aide for many years without meeting him face to face, has died.

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Malaysian medicine cuts chemo resistance

MONTREAL, July 1 (UPI) -- A Canadian, U.S. and Austrian study has discovered a Malaysian folk medication reduces resistance to cancer chemotherapy treatments.

Syphilis study yields important findings

ATLANTA, June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists studying syphilis bacteria say they have found genetic variations that could have significant clinical and epidemiological importance.

DiCaprio to portray video game pioneer

HOLLYWOOD, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to play video game pioneer Nolan Bushnell in the movie "Atari," an entertainment industry publication says.

HHMI gives $600 million for med research

CHEVY CHASE, Md., May 28 (UPI) -- The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced a $600 million program to support research by 56 top U.S. scientists.

Bacteria used in predator-prey research

DURHAM, N.C., April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. bioengineers say they have used bacteria to provide insights into how population levels of prey influence the levels of predators.

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Scientists try to save the Tasmanian devil

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are racing to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction from a unique, transmissible and rapidly spreading cancer.

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Howard Hughes
Roderick MacKinnon, seen in this undated photo, shares the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Peter Agre, also from the U.S., "for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes" it was announced on Oct. 8, 2003. MacKinnon works at the Rockefeller University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute in New York. (UPI/Rockefeller University)

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (September 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American aviator, engineer, industrialist, film producer, director, philanthropist, and was one of the wealthiest people in the world. He gained prominence from the late 1920s as a maverick film producer, making big-budget and often controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), Scarface (1932), and The Outlaw (1943). Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history: he set multiple world air-speed records, built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 "Hercules" (better known to history as the "Spruce Goose") aircraft, and acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines which would later on merge with American Airlines. Hughes is also remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder. His legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Hughes birthplace is recorded as either Humble or Houston, Texas. The date is also uncertain, though Hughes claimed his birthday was Christmas Eve. A 1941 affidavit birth certificate of Hughes signed by his aunt Annette Gano Lummis and Estelle Boughton Sharp states he was born on December 24, 1905, in Harris County, Texas. However, his baptismal record of October 7, 1906, in the parish register of St. John's Episcopal Church, in Keokuk, Iowa, has his birth listed as September 24, 1905, without reference to the place of birth.

His parents were Allene Stone Gano (a descendant of Owen Tudor, second husband of Catherine of Valois, Dowager Queen of England) and Howard R. Hughes, Sr., who patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Howard R. Hughes, Sr. made the shrewd and lucrative decision to commercialize the invention, founding the Hughes Tool Company in 1909.

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