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Legal Harvest Of Marine Turtles Tops 40,000 Annually, Study Finds

EXETER, England (UPI) — Legal harvests of marine turtles exceed 42,000 a year but illegal fishing and bycatch are much bigger threats to the endangered animals, British scientists say. Forty-two countries or territories around the world permit the taking of marine turtles, researchers at the University of Exeter said they found in their study, the […]

Tiny Marsupial With Suicidal Sex Life Discovered In Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (UPI) — A highly sexed mouse-like marsupial in Australia suffers a fatal attraction, mating with so many females for so long it dies from the activity, scientists say. A Queensland University of Technology mammalogist discovered the black-tailed Antechinus in Queensland’s Springbrook National Park, the university said Friday. Its distinctive yellow-orange markings around its […]

Study: Dedicated ‘Voice Area’ Found In Both Human, Dog Brains

BUDAPEST, Hungary (UPI) — A study comparing human and dog brain function shows man’s best friend has a dedicated voice area in its brain just like its owner, Hungarian scientists say. Writing in the journal Current Biology, the researchers said the findings suggest voice areas evolved at least 100 million years ago, the age of […]

Space Agency Studying Ways To Capture Derelict Satellites, Space Junk

PARIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) — The European Space Agency says it is studying the possibility of a future mission to capture derelict satellites adrift in orbit around the Earth. The e.DeOrbit mission under study the ESA’s Clean Space Initiative, would aim to snag and collect orbiting junk to reduce the environmental impact of the space […]

Speeding Star Creating Shock Wave In New Image From NASA

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) — A runaway star plunging through the Milky Way galaxy has created a giant shock wave, captured in an image from the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA says. The speeding star is known as Kappa Cassiopeiae — a massive, hot supergiant moving at around 2.5 million mph relative to its neighbors […]

Massive Skull Of ‘Strange-Looking’ Dinosaur Unearthed In Canada

GALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 21 (UPI) — A fossil find in Canada has revealed a “strange-looking” dinosaur with a skull the size of a small car, a paleontologist revealing it to the world said. University of Calgary paleontologist Darla Zelenitsky, who discovered the skull of the Pachyrhinosaurus in Alberta, said it’s one of the most complete […]

Georgia Nuclear Plant Gets Federal Loan Guarantees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Energy has formalized $6.51 billion in federal loan guarantees for the expansion of a Georgia nuclear power plant. The federal loan guarantees are to support construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, near Waynesboro in eastern Georgia, representing the […]

Rail Delivery Of Oil Up 7.9 Percent From 2013, AAR Says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — U.S. rail delivery of petroleum and petroleum products was up 7.9 percent last week from the same period in 2013, the American Association of Railroads said. The AAR said 14,234 carloads of petroleum and petroleum products, or about 9.9 million barrels of oil, were delivered on the rail system for […]

American Petroleum Institute: U.S. Crude Oil Imports At Longtime Low

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — The American Petroleum Institute said the United States imported less crude oil in January than at any time since the late 1990s. The API said crude oil imports of 7.5 million barrels per day marked a 5.2 percent decline year-on-year and the lowest level in 17 years. The organization attributed […]

Britain Told To ‘Redouble Efforts’ Against Climate Change

LONDON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — With Britain’s rains at historic levels, the government must “redouble efforts” to build a defense against climate change, a Friends of Earth researcher said. Guy Shrubsole said Thursday Britain is using too many fossil fuels, which the World Meteorological Organization said last year were contributing to climate change. Shrubsole, a […]

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