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Big guns return to the track in weekend horse racing

Big guns return to the track in weekend horse racing

Sports
June 5 (UPI) -- Some big guns return to the track this weekend as horse racing really breaks out of the pandemic shutdown with the likes of McKinzie, Improbable, Higher Power, Code of Honor and Firenze Fire back in action from coast to coast. We've got the results of the French 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas equivalents and a look at the British versions coming Saturday and Sunday. Advertisement There's also a heavyweight showdown in the Coronation Cup in England, and Almond Eye is back in action in Japan. The Santa Anita Derby and Oaks renew the long slog toward the big races in Louisville at the start of September. With the sudden burst of excitement as racing returns, look for handicapping help to all-around expert Jude Feld, whose entertaining and informative ruminations reside at popejude....
NASA on track to launch new Mars rover in July

NASA on track to launch new Mars rover in July

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- NASA expects to meet a crucial deadline to launch Mars rover Perseverance in July as technicians and engineers work under tight restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rover launch is one of few NASA missions to remain fully operational during the global health crisis. Launch is planned for 9 a.m. EDT July 17 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket, which would have the rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. The mission could launch as late as Aug. 5 and still make it to Mars as the Red Planet is in its so-called close approach to Earth. After that, Mars would be too far from Earth for the mission and NASA would have to wait two years for Mars to get near again. "We've been waiting since the 1970s to do this, and we ...
Wireless network helps scientists track small animals

Wireless network helps scientists track small animals

Science
April 2 (UPI) -- Researchers have developed a wireless network capable of tracking small animals tagged with sensors. The new technology -- described Thursday in the journal PLOS Biology -- could help scientists compile tracking data for local populations of small animals without relying on heavy transmitters and satellite communication systems. Automated tracking methods have made it much easier for scientists to study the behavior and migration patterns of animals species, but monitoring smaller animals still presents problems. Many tracking sensors are too heavy for smaller bird and mammal species, which account for the majority of the animal kingdom. Additionally, the use of satellite communication systems for the retrieval of local tracking data requires significant amounts of energ...
‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

Technology
The NHS is preparing to unveil a "data platform" which tracks the movement of critical staff and materials, giving ministers the first ever comprehensive view of the entire health system, Sky News can reveal.NHS leaders believe the platform will be transformative in the fight against coronavirus, as it will allow decision-makers to see accurate information in real time and coordinate a truly national response to the pandemic. However, critics have raised concerns, largely because of the identity of the company brought in to build the system - controversial Silicon Valley giant Palantir. The deal, which is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, tasks Palantir with gathering data from across the health sector into a comprehensive "data store".The data - which does not include sen...
Scientists track flower preferences of bumble bees

Scientists track flower preferences of bumble bees

Science
Jan. 28 (UPI) -- To figure out what kinds of plants bumble bees like best, scientists surveyed bee-plant interactions in 400 sample plots in Plumas National Forest, located in California's Sierra Nevada. "We spent 16 minutes searching for bumble bees within a 20 meter radius plot," lead study author Jerry Cole, a biologist with the Institute for Bird Populations, told UPI in an email. "Any time we saw a bumble bee using a plant we captured it in a net and then identified the plant to species." The researcher observed 13 different bumble bee species visiting more than 100 different species of flower. However, scientists determined the bees only preferentially selected 14 of the plant species. Cole and his research partners, including scientists from the University of Connecticut and the U...