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Astronomers create first map of weather on nearby brown dwarf star

Astronomers create first map of weather on nearby brown dwarf star

GARCHING, Germany, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Astronomers say they've used a telescope in Chile to create the first-ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf star to Earth.
Elephant shark genome decoded

Elephant shark genome decoded

Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The first shark genome decoded belongs to the slow-evolving elephant shark, providing researchers new insight into cartilaginous fish, and the differences between sharks and other bony vertebrates.
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Hornworm uses its 'tobacco breath' to ward off predators

Hornworm uses its 'tobacco breath' to ward off predators

Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The foul-breathed hornworm, Manduca sexta, repurposes ingested nicotine and exhales it to keep predators at bay.
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Russian dark energy satellite's launch pushed back to 2015

MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A Russian satellite to study dark energy forces by observing galaxies has been delayed due to problems with a German-built telescope, a science official said.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures colorful pictures of asteroids

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures colorful pictures of asteroids

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Images captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the dull, gray asteroid Vesta are colorized to reveal geological details invisible to the naked eye.
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Unlike humans, certain species do not deteriorate with age

Unlike humans, certain species do not deteriorate with age

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Study shows that not all species grow weaker and infertile as they age, as humans and many mammals do.
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That gloomy Summers

That gloomy Summers

PARIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Larry Summers says the global economy is in a period of "secular stagnation."
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Oldest DNA from early humans deepens mystery of human origins

LEIPZIG, Germany, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Analysis of the oldest genetic material ever recovered from an early human shows an unexpected twist in the path of human evolution, German scientists say.
Comet approaching sun sprouts 'wings' in new images

Comet approaching sun sprouts 'wings' in new images

MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A comet approaching the sun has sprouted "wings," a U-shaped trail of gases that may be coming from a fragment breaking off the comet, German astronomers say.
Now you know a word in every language: 'Huh?'

Now you know a word in every language: 'Huh?'

(UPI) -- Huh? A recent study published by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics suggests the word "huh?" is universal.
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Study: Patients don't know risks of cancer screenings

BERLIN, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Most patients are not being told about the potential for over-diagnosis and over-treatment as a result of cancer screenings, researchers in Germany say.

Amazon bird species has songs sounding like human music

SEEWIESEN, Germany, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A bird species living in the Amazon rainforest has songs showing strong similarities to human music, with a preference for harmony, researchers said.
Lonely planet without a star discovered wandering our galaxy

Lonely planet without a star discovered wandering our galaxy

HONOLULU, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- An exotic young planet free-floating through the Milky Way galaxy rather than orbiting any star is practically a newborn in cosmic terms, astronomers say.

List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners:
Home PCs provide computing power for cosmic inventory of stars

Home PCs provide computing power for cosmic inventory of stars

HANNOVER, Germany, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- German astronomers say the combined computing power of 200,000 home PCs helped them take an inventory of the Milky Way and add 24 pulsars to the cosmic census.
Find indicates Neanderthals capable of making sophisticated bone tools

Find indicates Neanderthals capable of making sophisticated bone tools

LEIPZIG, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Neanderthals in Europe may have been the first humans to make a kind of standardized and specialized bone tool still in use today, researchers say.
Scientists probe innards of distant star to learn about its planet

Scientists probe innards of distant star to learn about its planet

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists says a new way to measure the internal properties of stars can offer a more accurate assessment of their orbiting planets.

Astronomers on watch as black hole devours cosmic gas cloud

GARCHING, Germany, July 17 (UPI) -- European astronomers say they've begun observations of a giant gas cloud heading for the black hole at the center of our galaxy as it begins a death spiral.
Europe: Recession, unemployment lowers birth rates

Europe: Recession, unemployment lowers birth rates

ROSTOCK, Germany, July 10 (UPI) -- The more unemployment rises, the fewer children are born per woman during a recession, especially in young adults, German researchers say.
Chlamydia promotes gene mutations linked to cancer

Chlamydia promotes gene mutations linked to cancer

BERLIN, June 21 (UPI) -- Chlamydia, a bacterial sexually transmitted disease, can cause mutations in the host DNA that can pave the way for cancer, German researchers say.
Scientists use DNA to finger culprit in historic Irish potato famine

Scientists use DNA to finger culprit in historic Irish potato famine

TUBINGEN, Germany, May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers in Germany say they've identified a unique strain of potato blight responsible for the disastrous potato famine in 19th-century Ireland.

German bird expert suggests taxing cat owners

RADOLFZELL, Germany, April 30 (UPI) -- A leading German ornithologist wants his country to levy a tax on cat owners to compensate for the damage cats inflict on Germany's bird population.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
By United Press International

Massive amounts of charcoal from world's wildfires end up in oceans

BREMEN, Germany, April 19 (UPI) -- Massive amounts of charcoal created when wildfires ravage the world's forests don't stay in the soil as thought but end up in oceans, researchers say.
Researchers say new keyboard for touchscreens lets thumbs fly fast

Researchers say new keyboard for touchscreens lets thumbs fly fast

SAARBRUCKEN, Germany, April 17 (UPI) -- People who think they're "all thumbs" may soon get help from a keyboard meant to enable faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices, German researchers say.
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