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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 […]

Russia’s Space Agency Opens Instagram Account For Public Relations

MOSCOW, Feb. 20 (UPI) — Russia’s federal space agency says it has opened an account on the image-sharing network Instagram to improve its public relations. The Roscosmos agency said it wanted improved lines of communication to bolster public excitement about spaceflight and keeping those interested informed about current space mission and activities. The first images […]

Ancient Helium Rising To The Surface In Yellowstone National Park

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 20 (UPI) — Helium, trapped underground for 2 billion years, is bubbling to the surface from steam vents and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, U.S. researchers say. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey say the park, located mostly in Wyoming, was releasing hundreds, even possible thousands, of times more of […]

Making An Important Decision? Dimming The Room Lights May Help

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario, Feb. 20 (UPI) — To keep emotions from affecting your ability to make an important decision, dim the lights in the room first, Canadian scientists suggest. Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough report their studies have shown human emotion, whether positive or negative, is felt more intensely under bright light. They asked […]

Europe Mulling Plans For Huge, Next-Generation Atom Smasher

GENEVA, Switzerland (UPI) — Scientists at Europe’s particle physics laboratory CERN say they’re considering a successor to the world’s largest, most powerful and expensive atom smasher. The next-generation particle accelerator would be four times the size of CERN’s current Large Hadron Collider, USA Today reported Wednesday. The LHC was built in a circular, 15-mile underground […]

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