Hospital workers called patient 'alkie'

MIDDLESBROUGH, England, May 15 (UPI) -- A British woman is demanding the firings of two hospital staff members after her answering machine recorded them describing her as a black-toothed alcoholic.

Bikini corals recover from atomic blast

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, April 21 (UPI) -- A team of international scientists says the Pacific Ocean atoll of Bikini, the site of the most powerful U.S. nuclear bomb explosion, is recovering.

Study: Coral reefs like 'junk food'

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, March 26 (UPI) -- Australian scientists have discovered coral reefs have an addiction to "junk food" and order symbiotic algae to produce it.

Study: Butterflyfish may face extinction

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- An Australian-U.S. study suggests the black, white and yellow butterflyfish admired by eco-tourists and aquarium keepers might be at risk of extinction.

Dams threaten Africa's Lake Victoria

KAMPALA, Uganda, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A study suggested two hydroelectric dams threaten the health of Africa's Lake Victoria and of the people living along its 2,100-mile shoreline.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007.
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In vitro model created for arthritis study

COLUMBIA, Mo., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have created an in vitro model for arthritis studies that they said should minimize the use of mice or other laboratory animals.

Philanthropy follows Neb. accidental death

OMAHA, July 18 (UPI) -- The family of a 6-year-old Nebraska boy who suffocated when trapped in an old microwave has received an outpouring of support from people wanting to help.

Shuttle rollout marred by typo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- When NASA rolled out the Endeavour to the launch pad this week in Florida, a sign encouraging the next mission misspelled the space shuttle's name.

Study finds fish punish 'queue jumpers'

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, June 27 (UPI) -- Australian scientists have discovered fish use the threat of punishment to maintain stability in their social order.

Diminutive, deadly jellyfish nix filming

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, March 29 (UPI) -- A jellyfish no bigger than a thumbnail but packing a poisonous punch ground to a halt the filming of a Hollywood movie on Australia's touristy Fraser Island.

Book argues Portuguese mapped Australia

SYDNEY, March 20 (UPI) -- A historian argues that Portuguese navigators sailed along Australia's east coast in the early 16th century and charted it.

Mass extinction also changed ocean ecology

CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led study suggests the Earth's biggest mass extinction about 250 million years ago changed the ecology of the oceans. Researchers say the event wiped out an estimated 95 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species.

Study: Coral reefs increasingly vulnerable

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. marine scientists say size and shape may predict the survival of corals around the world during the coming years of increased ocean turbulence.

Great Barrier Reef sharks in collapse

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Australian scientists say coral reef shark populations on the Great Barrier Reef are in a catastrophic collapse.

Study: Dingoes may be good for prey

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Researchers said the re-introduction of the dingo -- Australia's leading natural predator -- could improve the survival rate of species it often attacks.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, Oct. 27, 2006.
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Cook's scurvy grass colony found

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- New Zealand botanists have found Cook's scurvy grass, a species that has come close to extinction, growing lavishly on a small offshore island.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Touching outlawed at Tampa bikini clubs ... Tonga's fishing pigs attract tourists ... PETA slams cockroach eating contest ... Quick checkup for panda cub -- It's a girl ... The world as we know it from UPI.
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Tonga's fishing pigs attract tourists

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The growing tourism industry in Tonga has led to increased popularity for one of one of the island kingdom's most unique attractions -- fishing pigs.

Scientists begin to ID causes of arthritis

COLUMBIA, Mo., July 11 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found genetic signs indicating onset of arthritis that may someday help identify the disease as early as possible.

Australian schools urged to revive history

CANBERRA, Australia, July 4 (UPI) -- Australia's federal minister of education has urged the states and territories to restore the teaching of Australian history to the curriculum.

Tennesseee QB McNair headed to Baltimore

NASHVILLE, June 7 (UPI) -- The Tennessee Titans Wednesday reportedly reached a deal to trade quarterback Steve McNair to the Baltimore Ravens.

4 more historic ships found off R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 15 (UPI) -- With four more hulks spotted, Rhode Island can boast it has the world's "largest fleet of Revolutionary shipwrecks," a maritime expert says. A recent find brings to six the number of historic sea wrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War found by the Rh

Pacific island vows to keep autonomy

KINGSTON, Australia, April 1 (UPI) -- Norfolk Island, an Australian territory and part of the British Commonwealth, is nearing bankruptcy but wants no interference from the homeland.
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