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Study Identifies Quake-Prone Concrete ‘Killer Buildings’ In LA

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Some concrete buildings in the Los Angeles area built before 1980 have the potential for catastrophic collapse during an earthquake, researchers say. This category of buildings, sometimes referred to as non-ductile concrete buildings, have shown poor seismic performance in recent earthquakes in many parts of the world, engineering experts […]

New Technique Can Produce ‘Biogasoline’ To Compete With Biodiesel

DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 3 (UPI) — Gasoline-like fuels from farm and forestry waste could open up new markets for plant-based fuels beyond existing diesel substitutes, U.S. researchers say. Traditional diesel fuel is made up of long, straight chains of carbon atoms, while gasoline molecules are shorter and branched; the fuels evaporate at different temperatures and […]

AAA: All U.S. States Reporting Gasoline $3 Or More Per Gallon

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — U.S. average per-gallon gasoline prices ranged from $3 in Missouri to $3.63 in Connecticut Monday, the AAA reported. The national average price was $3.27, which is 1.5 percent less expensive than the same time last month and 6.8 percent less year-on-year, the automobile association said. The AAA’s monthly gasoline price […]

Iran Getting First Batch Of Oil Money

TEHRAN, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said some of the $4.2 billion in oil revenue freed by nuclear agreements is on its way to Iranian accounts. Araqchi said Saturday the funds would be deposited in an Iranian bank account in Switzerland. “As far as I know, all necessary measures have […]

China Boasts Of Renewable Energy Deployment In Xinjiang Province

BEIJING, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Renewable energy in the northwest Chinese province of Xinjiang accounted for about 30 percent of its total energy output, Chinese government statistics show. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s branch of the official State Grid Corp. of China showed the province last year installed more than 1.3 billion kilowatts of wind, […]

French Minister Supports Allowing ‘Clean’ Shale Gas Fracking

PARIS, Feb. 3 (UPI) — A split over France’s ban on shale gas development has emerged within the government, with one minister supporting an experimental type of “clean fracking.” French Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg, a member of President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party, is calling on the president to reconsider his opposition to hydraulic […]

NASA Announces Funding For Space Station Physics Research

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) — NASA says it will fund seven proposals for physics research using its new microgravity laboratory, set to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. The Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station, a frontier in […]

Global Space Agencies To Join In Asteroid Defense Planning

PARIS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The European Space Agency says it’s joining an effort to coordinate a global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading toward Earth. With a mandate from the United Nations, the ESA and other space agencies around the world will establish a high-level group to help coordinate expertise and […]

Study: Space Flights Might Risk Astronauts’ Immune Systems

DAVIS, Calif. (UPI) — Humans might consider venturing into space to be a bold adventure but it may not be good for our immune systems, researchers in California say. A study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, shows how growing up on a space shuttle weakened a key arm of the immune system […]

Discarded Plastic Bags Could End Up In Your Car’s Gas Tank As Fuel

NEW DELHI (UPI) — Discarded shopping bags and other plastic waste can be turned into liquid fuel for vehicles using a relatively low-temperature process, Indian researchers say. Writing in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, the scientists describe a commercially viable technology for efficiently rendering low-density polyethylene, a common polymer, into a liquid […]

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