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‘Calmer’ 2012 Hurricane Season Forecast

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UPI) — The first forecast for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season calls for a calmer-than-average period for the sometimes destructive storms, U.S. meteorologists say. Scientists from Colorado State University said the six-month season that opens June 1 will have less activity than usual, USA Today reported Wednesday. “A warming tropical Pacific and […]

Future Of Monarch Butterflies A Concern

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (UPI) — The numbers of Monarch butterflies moving north across Texas from their breeding grounds in Mexico are expected to be down alarmingly this year, scientists say. Texas A&M researcher Craig Wilson said reports by the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico’s Michoacan state show Monarch numbers will be down almost 30 percent […]

Angry Birds Space Game Unveiled

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The Finnish maker of the popular Angry Birds game says its Angry Birds Space sequel is out now for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Mac and Windows. Complete with a NASA tie-in, the new version from game developer Rovio allows players to fling angry birds at the horrible green pig villains […]

Students Receive Images From Moon Orbiter

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — NASA says one of its twin GRAIL spacecraft orbiting the moon has sent back the first student-requested image of the surface taken with its on-board camera. Fourth-grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., had received the honor of making the first image selection by winning a nationwide […]

Annual Bird Count Has Some Surprises

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Bird watchers taking part in an annual bird count have recorded the most unusual winter for birds in the count’s 15-year history, U.S. researchers said. Participants in Cornell University’s Great Backyard Bird Count reported 623 species during Feb. 17–20, including an influx of Snowy Owls from the arctic, early migrating Sandhill […]

U.S. Not Ready For Oil Shock, Lugar Says

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The White House is called on to take action to ensure the United States can handle any potential oil supply disruption, a U.S. Senate leader said. Crude oil prices on the global market are rising in part because of tensions with Iran, one of the top oil-producing countries among members of the […]

Exxon Valdez Sold For Scrap

BALTIMORE (UPI) — The greatest risk to oil transport is the effect a major shipping accident can have on the environment, a consultant said after the scrapping of Exxon Valdez. Oriental Nicety, the vessel formally named Exxon Valdez, was sold for around $16 million for scrap to Global Marketing Systems Inc., a company in Maryland. […]

Live TV Viewing Losing Out To ‘Catch-Ups’

LONDON (UPI) — A third of Britons no longer watch live television, either accessing content via Web-based catch-up sites or through personal video recorders, a poll indicates. To find out how prevalent time-shifted and on-demand viewing was throughout Britain, nearly 2,000 Britons were polled, The Daily Telegraph reported. To the question “Do you tend to […]

Twitter Health-Reporting App Sought

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S federal officials have announced a contest for developers to design Web-based applications that use Twitter to track health trends in real time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the challenge Tuesday for developers to participate in the contest called Now Trending — #Health in My Community. Health officials […]

Oil From Gulf Disaster Found In Food Chain

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (UPI) — Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster entered the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico through zooplankton, the tiniest of organisms, researchers say. Zooplankton serves as food for baby fish and shrimp, and acts as a conduit for the movement of oil contamination and pollutants into the food chain, they […]

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