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Forecasters Use New Hurricane Model

MIAMI (UPI) — U.S. forecasters say a new statistical model will help determine a hurricane’s strength and size as the official 2012 Atlantic hurricane season gets under way. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the new model will help predict the start of eyewall replacement cycles that can cause sudden dramatic changes in a […]

Chinese 'Backdoor' In U.S.-Used Chips?

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — A Chinese-made microprocessor used extensively by the U.S. military has a “backdoor” that allows the chip to be reprogrammed, British researchers allege. The claim by researchers at Cambridge University comes as U.S. lawmakers express concern about the use of Chinese manufactured electronic components in U.S. military hardware. If the British researchers […]

Shell Gets Nod For Alaska Drilling Plans

JUNEAU, Alaska (UPI) — A U.S. federal court in Alaska issued an injunction that would keep activists from Greenpeace from Shell operations planned for the state’s coast. The court issued a ruling that barred Greenpeace activists from attempting to disrupt Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea during the summer. The injunction […]

BP Must Address Spill Data, Markey Says

WASHINGTON (UPI) — British energy company BP needs to answer questions regarding allegations it misled government officials in the 2010 oil spill, a U.S. lawmaker said. A report by The Wall Street Journal states the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether BP misled officials regarding the amount of oil leaking from its failed […]

'Supervolcanoes' Said To Have Short Fuses

NASHVILLE (UPI) – “Supervolcano” eruptions with potential to cause widespread extinctions of life may have surprisingly short fuses, U.S. earth scientists say. Such super-eruptions are more than 100 times larger than ordinary volcanic eruptions like Mount St. Helens and emit tremendous flows of super-heated gas, ash and rock capable of blanketing entire continents and plunging […]

Missing NASA Equipment Found

DALLAS (UPI) — NASA says millions of dollars of science equipment missing for four days during shipment from Minneapolis to Texas has been located in Dallas. The equipment, part of a NASA-funded experiment, left the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy Friday by truck but never made it to its destination of Palestine, […]

Radiation Found In Tuna Near Southern California

PALO ALTO, Calif. (UPI) — Researchers said tuna migrating from coastal Japanese waters to the Southern California area contained radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The level of radioactive cesium isotopes in the migrating Pacific Bluefin tuna is one-10th the level the United States and Japan consider dangerous and does not pose a public-health […]

Inbreeding Threatens Meerkat Survival

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — The survival of meerkats living in clans in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is threatened by inbreeding, researchers conducting a 20-year study say. Scientists at the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Zurich, as well as the Zoological Society of London, said their study of almost 2,000 meerkats found nearly half showing some […]

Fungus Disease Found In New Bat Species

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UPI) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats in two counties in Tennessee. White-nose syndrome — a fungal disease first documented in New York in 2006 and now found in 19 states and four Canadian provinces — has decimated bat […]

Quake History Of San Andreas Fault Studied

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (UPI) — Observations on the San Andreas Fault near Santa Cruz, Calif., show large earthquakes have occurred more frequently there than previously thought, a study says. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, with assistance from the California Geological Survey, conducted a paleoseismic study documenting four surface-rupturing earthquakes that occurred across the Santa Cruz […]

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