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Australian government: Great Barrier Reef 22 percent dead
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:49:28 -0400 - CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- About one-fifth of coral on the Great Barrier Reef has died after a bleaching event, the Australian government announced, as its surveys of the area continue.

Comet strike may have influenced ancient global warming event
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:35:15 -0400 - TROY, N.Y., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A comet strike may have triggered a rapid global warming event roughly 56 million years ago, investigators at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute suggest.

Physicists break the Rayleigh limit on resolution
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:37:17 -0400 - MADRID, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Rayleigh's curse, a limit on resolution, has been dispelled in a study researchers say can lead to an overall improvement in imaging technologies.

Earth's moon bombarded by surprising number of meteoroids, scientists say
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:02:03 -0400 - WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The moon, pummeled by scores of meteoroids every day, will have a new surface after some 81,000 years, much faster than earlier predictions, NASA said.

Jumping spiders can hear sounds from 10 feet away
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:27:59 -0400 - ITHACA, N.Y., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- New research proves a jumping spider's aural range extends several feet. It's likely other spiders can perceive vibrations from considerable distances, too.

Tropical cyclone Aere reborn: 'Zombie storm' headed for Vietnam
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:22:14 -0400 - WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- As evidenced by images captured by NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite, the recently reformed Tropical Storm Aere is now headed for Vietnam.

Cosmic census: Universe home to 2 trillion galaxies
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:45:23 -0400 - NOTTINGHAM, England, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A new survey of the cosmos suggests the universe is home to at least 2 trillion galaxies -- a galactic population 20 times larger than previous estimates.

Scientists pit modern roof shapes against high-speed winds
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:23:00 -0400 - CAIRNS, Australia, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Results from recent wind tunnel tests suggest modern roof designs have opened houses up to new structural vulnerabilities.

World's oldest vocal organ suggests dinosaurs couldn't sing
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:05:49 -0400 - AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- New research suggests dinosaurs couldn't sing, at least not in the way moderns do.

Study: Deforestation in Amazon going undetected by Brazilian monitors
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:29:24 -0400 - PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- New research suggests a significant portion of deforestation has gone undetected by Brazil's satellite monitoring system, called PRODES.

Biodiversity is a natural crop pest repellent
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:29:14 -0400 - LANSING, Mich., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- New research explains why monoculture growing fields attract a plethora of pests, while a plot rich in biodiversity repels them.

How Mars' moon Phobos came to look like the Death Star
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:57:23 -0400 - LIVERMORE, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- New models show how Phobos' unique Death Star-like appearance came to be.

VISTA finds ancient star cluster in Milky Way center
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:27:46 -0400 - SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Astronomers have discovered a cluster of ancient stars at the center of the Milky Way. It's the first time RR Lyrae have been found in the Milk Way.

Scientists find ancient, wingless wasp unlike any other
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:31:02 -0400 - CORVALLIS, Ore., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists say a bizarre, wingless wasp, extinct for millions of years, is unlike any other. Researchers found the species exquisitely preserved in amber.

DNA of black widow spider toxin found in virus genome
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:07:04 -0400 - NASHVILLE, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Researchers have found the DNA of the black widow's toxin in the genome of a tiny virus.

Study: Baby boomers don't work harder than younger generations
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:47:04 -0400 - DETROIT, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- New analysis by psychologists revealed no significant differences in work ethic among different generations.

Scientists model anti-reflective surfaces after cicada wings
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:41:00 -0400 - SHANGHAI, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A team of researchers from China recently developed a new class of anti-reflective materials using nanostructures derived from titanium dioxide.

Study: Asian elephant society is egalitarian
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:37:59 -0400 - FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- New research reveals Asian elephants are less hierarchical than African elephants, possibly due to more plentiful food and water and fewer predators.

Scientists help power plants predict jellyfish invasions
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:51:54 -0400 - BRISTOL, England, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- To prevent precautionary shutdowns, biologists at the University of Bristol are helping coastal power plants better predict the arrival of jellyfish swarms.

Graphene-eating silkworms spin super strong threads
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:27:46 -0400 - BEIJING, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- When fed a solution of carbon nanotubes silkworms become like Spider-Man, spinning reinforced silk threads.

Scientists solve mystery of amoeba's 100 million-year-old heist
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:05:13 -0400 - NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Roughly 100 million years ago, an amoeba robbed a bacterium of its genes. Now, researchers finally know how the amoeboid pulled off the heist.

Rodents produce ultrasonic songs like a jet engine
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:41:36 -0400 - SEATTLE, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- New research shows the ultrasonic singing method of rodents recalls the thrust of a jet engine.

Engineers build carbon-free supercapacitor
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:05:03 -0400 - BOSTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Recently, scientists at MIT built a supercapacitor without carbon. In place of carbon, scientists deployed metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs.

Rare, venomous sea snake invading Iranian coast
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:32:54 -0400 - TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The G√ľnther's sea snake, a rare species of venomous sea snake, has been found 250 miles to the west of its known range, inhabiting waters off the coast of Iran.

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