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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 […]

Keystone Solution To Oil Woes, Lugar Says

WASHINGTON (UPI) — By not backing the planned Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, the White House is exposing the United States to vulnerability, said U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar. Lugar, R-Ind., aid tight oil markets are creating a tough economic climate at the gasoline pump for average Americans. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Monday that […]

Robot Trial In Space A Success

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — NASA says experiments aboard the International Space Station with robots show they can perform precise satellite-servicing tasks in space. The robotic refueling mission marks a milestone in the use of the space station as a technology test bed, the agency said in a release Tuesday. The Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman, […]

Five States Produce Bulk Of U.S. Oil

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Oil production from five U.S. states accounted for more than 50 percent of the oil produced in the United States last year, the U.S. Energy Department said. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports that Alaska, California, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas accounted for roughly 56 percent of crude oil production […]

Squids’ Giant Eyes Seen As Defense Aid

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — Giant squid have giant eyes — among the biggest in nature — for defending themselves from sperm whales, their biggest enemy, a U.S. researcher says. “They’re most likely using their huge eyes to spot and escape their predators, sperm whales,” Duke University biologist Sonke Johnsen says of the animals’ basketball-sized orbs. […]

Plants ‘Remember’ Droughts To Prepare

LINCOLN, Neb. (UPI) — Plants can “remember” drought and change responses to the stress to survive, a finding that could lead to more drought-resistant crops, U.S. researchers say. The study confirms the scientific basis for what home gardeners and nursery professionals have long known, that transplants do better when water is withheld for a few […]

Asteroid To Make Close Earth Visit

PARIS (UPI) — An asteroid approaching Earth in 2013 will get closer than the orbits of many satellites, highlighting a need to monitor such hazards, European scientists say. An amateur team discovered the unusual asteroid, dubbed 2012 DA14, on February 22 as it flew by the Earth at about seven times the distance of the […]

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