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Problem Of Pesticide Drift Studied

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Chemicals that help sprayed agricultural pesticides stick to crops can form smaller “satellite” droplets that can drift into other areas, U.S. scientists say. “When we spray liquids, we have what we call main drops, which are drops of the desired size, and we can also have smaller satellite drops,” Purdue […]

Stink Bugs Threaten Crops In U.S. South

ATLANTA (UPI) — Two Mid-Atlantic hurricanes last year had the effect of pushing that region’s invasive stink bug infestation into the Deep South, scientists say. The Washington Post reported Friday the brown marmorated stink bugs have headed south from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia into South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, putting vegetable and citrus crops […]

Laptop Theft Causes NASA Headache

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (UPI) — The left of one NASA employee’s laptop computer created a security headache for about 2,300 Kennedy Space Center workers in Florida, the space agency says. Florida Today reported the space center informed the workers Friday that personal information, including their Social Security numbers, was at risk following the theft of […]

Iraq Looks To Bypass Strait Of Hormuz

BAGHDAD (UPI) — Iraq is looking for options to export oil from the country to allay concerns related to Iran, a government spokesman said. Iraqi lawmakers last week called on the Oil Ministry to look for alternatives because of political tensions in the region. A committee in the Iraqi Parliament called for talks related to […]

Oil Prices Could Derail Recovery, IMF Says

BEIJING (UPI) — Rising crude oil prices could erase many of the gains made in the global economy, the head of the International Monetary Fund said. Crude oil prices have risen steadily this year. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said last week crude oil prices were down modestly for the week but up […]

‘Free’ Phone Apps Come With Energy Cost

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Smartphone users wondering why their device’s battery life is so short should look at their free apps that U.S. researchers say are energy hogs. Computer scientists at Purdue University found up to 75 percent of the energy used by free versions of Android apps is spent serving up ads or […]

BBC Target Of Possible Iran Cyberattack

LONDON (UPI) — A “sophisticated cyberattack” on the BBC has been linked to Iran’s efforts to disrupt the BBC Persian Service, officials said. BBC Director General Mark Thompson said the Internet attack coincided with efforts to jam two of the service’s satellite feeds into Iran, BBC News reported Wednesday. “We regard the coincidence of these […]

World Floral Trade Threatens Rare Palm

BANGOR, Wales (UPI) — The global flower trade threatens a rare palm because its leaves’ ability to stay green long after being cut is attractive to florists, British botanists say. Leaves of the xate palm (pronounced shah-tay) are mostly harvested from wild trees found in Central and South America, and increased use is threatening the […]

U.S. Natural Gas Imports Declining

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. imports of natural gas are at their lowest levels in two decades, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. Net imports, which the EIA defined as imports minus exports, for 2011 were slightly more than 5 billion cubic feet per day in 2011, the lowest level since 1992. The EIA said the […]

API: EPA In The Way Of Oil, Gas Drilling

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to adjust emissions rules so they don’t interfere with domestic oil and natural gas production, the API said. The American Petroleum Institute funded a study that concluded proposed EPA rules on emissions would lower domestic hydraulic fracturing for natural gas more than 50 percent, cut natural […]


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