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Black Hole 'Evicted' From Host Galaxy?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say they’ve seen evidence a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at several million miles per hour. “It’s hard to believe that a supermassive black hole weighing millions of times the mass of the sun could be moved at all, let alone kicked out of […]

Retired Spy Telescopes To Go To NASA

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. government’s secret space program has decided to give NASA two telescopes even more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, officials said. The telescopes designed for surveillance uses for the National Reconnaissance Office were no longer needed for spy missions and will be made available to the space agency to study […]

China To Pursue New Nuclear Plants?

BEIJING, (UPI) — China is taking steps to revive its nuclear power sector, which was essentially put on hold after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis. After the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant was knocked out by last year’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Chinese government suspended the start of construction on four nuclear reactors, which […]

EPA Rules Too Costly For Industry

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — While the EPA has considered industry recommendations regarding oil refinery flares, new regulations may be “tremendously costly,” a trade group said. The Environmental Protection Agency set final regulations for flaring and process heaters at oil refineries. The EPA said it wouldn’t only encourage the recovery of flared natural gas but would reduce […]

Canada's Crude A Global Concern

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — So-called tar sand oil, the dominant type of Canadian crude, is an international issue because of the global environmental threats, an activist said. Hundreds of environmental advocacy groups posted messages on their Web sites Monday protesting a measure before the Canadian Parliament they say would substantially water down environmental laws. Environmental groups, […]

Chesapeake Looks To Texas Oil

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 4 (UPI) — An oil discovery in the Texas Panhandle could be one of the better performing wells drilled in the Lower 48, the top executive at Chesapeake Energy said. Chesapeake announced its Thurman Horn 406H well in the Hogshooter Formation in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma produced 5,400 barrels of […]

Proposed United Nations Control Of Internet Raises Alarms

The Internet could someday look very different and be less open and free if a proposal for the International Telecommunications Union, an arm of the United Nations, to take over management of the Internet comes to pass, critics of the proposal say. A growing movement led by China, Russia and some Arab states to hand […]

Study: Humans Can Tell Age By Odor

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Humans can identify the age of other humans based on body odor, which can transmit various types of social information, a U.S. study found. “Similar to other animals, humans can extract signals from body odors that allow us to identify biological age, avoid sick individuals, pick a suitable partner, and distinguish kin […]

Two New Heavy Elements Get Official Names

LIVERMORE, Calif. (UPI) — The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry says the latest heavy elements to be added to the periodic table will be named Flerovium and Livermorium. The organization officially approved the new names for elements 114 and 116 Thursday, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California reported. Flerovium (element 114, atomic […]

U.S. Funds Minerals Research For Energy

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced plans to spend up to $120 million in the next five years to support research into rare earths and critical materials. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the plans would help fund an Energy Innovation Hub, a multidisciplinary effort aimed in advancing research in electric vehicles and […]

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