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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Arrives In Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., (UPI) — The first space-bound Orion spacecraft has been delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said Monday. The spacecraft, which will launch in 2014 on an uncrewed test mission, is designed to carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in […]

Australia Now Has Carbon Tax

CANBERRA, Australia, (UPI) — Australia’s controversial carbon tax, aimed at cutting the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, went into effect on Sunday. Under the carbon plan, businesses which emit 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide or the equivalent in other greenhouse gases will be charged $24 per ton. The government has identified 294 companies considered to be […]

Shale Could Revitalize Alaskan Oil

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, (UPI) — Oil developed from shale deposits in the North Slope of Alaska could eventually find its way into the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system, a company said. Ed Duncan, president of independent energy company Great Bear Petroleum, told the Platts news service it aimed to conduct tests in shale oil deposits in the North […]

Solar 'Tornadoes' Said Powering Sun's Heat

SHEFFIELD, England (UPI) — Solar tornadoes may be powering the atmosphere of the sun, warming it to millions of degrees and making it even hotter than the sun’s surface, scientists say. “One of the major problems in modern astrophysics is why the atmosphere of a star, like our own sun, is considerably hotter than its […]

'Crowd-Funded' Telescope To Keep Sky Watch

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A former NASA astronaut says he is launching a crowd-funded program to build an orbiting space telescope for spotting asteroids that may threaten Earth. The telescope, dubbed Sentinel, would launch in 2017 or 2018, drift toward Venus and then spend more than 5 years surveying the inner solar system while orbiting the […]

Tomato Color Comes At Expense Of Taste

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The reason bright, uniformly red tomatoes in supermarkets lack the flavor to match their intense color is genetics, U.S. plant researchers say. A gene mutation that makes a tomato uniformly red, favored by farmers as it produces a visually attractive product, stifles genes that would contribute to its taste, scientists said. The […]

'Zombie' Worms Attack Bones With Acid

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve discovered deep-sea “zombie worms” use acid to bore into bones of seabed skeletons and consume nutrients. The root-like tissues worms of the Osedax family use to attach to bones contain acid-secreting enzymes, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, reported. […]

Tsunami Risk To Northern California Assessed

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (UPI) — Researchers in California say they’ve compiled the first study of the potential for destructive tsunamis on the northwest coast of the state. Using studies spanning the last three decades, scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have compiled an evidence-based comprehensive study of the possibility of tsunamis in the […]

Man-Made Pollutants Threaten Sea Turtles

CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) — Industrial pollutants could pose a threat to the health of five endangered sea turtle species, researchers at a South Carolina marine laboratory say. Scientists at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston measured for concentrations of 13 perfluoroalkyl compounds in five different species of sea turtles. PFCs, which have become widespread pollutants, […]

Tortoise Lonesome George To Be Embalmed

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador (UPI) — Lonesome George, the giant Galapagos tortoise who died on Sunday as the last of his species, will be embalmed and put on display, officials in Ecuador say. The Pinta Island tortoise will be on display on Santa Cruz Island for future generations to see, Environment Minister Marcela Aguinaga said. A […]

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