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EPA: 70 Companies To Clean New Jersey River

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A group of companies suspected of polluting the Passaic River in New Jersey agreed to pay $20 million to clean up contaminated mud, the EPA announced. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said 70 companies agreed, at their expense, to remove around 432,000 cubic feet of mud contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury and […]

USGS Updates Oil, Gas Reserve Estimate

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Geological Survey estimated there are at least 665 billion barrels of undiscovered oil in reserves outside United States. “The USGS estimates that the mean undiscovered, conventional reserve additions in the world total 665 billion barrels of oil, 1,429 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 16 billion barrels of natural […]

Filmmaker Helps In Effort To Save History

EVANSTON, Ill. (UPI) — A U.S. researcher says he’s filmed efforts by an international team trying to save antiquities at an ancient Buddhist site in Afghanistan’s Taliban country. Northwestern University Professor Brent Huffman screened his footage at a Washington conference of archaeologists, geologists and mining experts, a university release reported. Mes Aynak, a 2,500-year-old religious […]

More Than Meets The Eye In People's Faces

BIRMINGHAM, England (UPI) — People make complex judgments about others from looking at their faces, based on a range of factors beyond simply race and gender, British researchers say. The study, funded by Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council, questions a long-held belief that people quickly put anyone they meet into a limited number of […]

Lake Michigan: A Source Of Wind Power?

HOUGHTON, Mich. (UPI) — Lake Michigan is an untapped reservoir of wind energy, say researchers who are studying whether it can be harvested economically and without environmental harm. Scientists at Michigan Technological University have been gathering data come from a 6-ton floating buoy deployed at three locations in the lake, two near the shoreline and […]

Chinese Astronauts Move Into Orbiting Lab

BEIJING (UPI) — China says three of its astronauts have moved into the cabin of an orbiting module, becoming the first group of Chinese to enter an orbiter in space. Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang transferred into the Tiangong-1 space lab module from their Shenzhou-9 spacecraft Monday about three hours after a […]

Colombian Volcano At Risk Of Eruption

MANIZALES, Colombia (UPI) — The Nevado del Ruiz volcano in central Colombia is still spewing ash and gas, and officials say they have issued 30,000 face masks to residents of the region. People living on its slopes told of hearing “strong, strange noises” coming from the summit of the 18,500-foot-high volcano Friday and Saturday, the […]

New MacBook Pro Called Unrepairable

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (UPI) — The newest MacBook Pro with Retina display merits a 1 on a 10-point repair scale and is nearly impossible to fix or upgrade, a popular tech Web site says. Electronics do-it-yourself Web site iFixit found the $2,799 laptop “virtually non-upgradeable,” eWeek.com reported Wednesday. Tearing down the next-generation MacBook, the […]

Plant Prompts Mice To Spit, Spread Seeds

SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) — A desert plant in Israel uses toxins to make mice spit out seeds when eating its fruit, making them seed spreaders to help the plant reproduce, researchers say. The plant in the Negev Desert, known as sweet mignonette or taily weed, uses a toxic “mustard oil bomb” to cause the […]

'Living Fossil' Fish Still Evolving

BOCHUM, Germany (UPI) — A fish dubbed a “living fossil” that hasn’t changed fundamentally for 400 million years is still able to genetically adapt to its environment, researchers say. While scientists have confirmed that coelacanths, whose morphology has not significantly changed since the Devonian age, are in fact evolving slowly, genetic studies from specimens from […]

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