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New Zealand Charges Rena Owner For Spill

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, (UPI) —  The owner of the grounded cargo vessel MV Rena faces an $8,100 fine for every day harmful substances were discharged from the ship, an agency said. Rena struck a reef off the coast of New Zealand in October. It broke apart earlier this year and salvage teams are working to […]

London Opens Marine Energy Contest

LONDON, (UPI) —  The British government announced the launch of a $31.7 million competition to highlight the potential for marine energy in territorial waters. The Marine Energy Array Demonstrator project is meant to support two test projects that will demonstrate the operations of a tidal or wave array. Bidders compete for a share of $31.7 […]

March High Temps: ‘Unusual Factors Afoot’

BOULDER, Colo., (UPI) — Records show temperatures topped or equaled historic highs at 7,755 locations in the United States in March, climate scientists say. The warm March kept up a winter trend, with the National Climatic Data Center declaring December, January and February collectively the fourth-warmest winter on record in the lower 48 states. Accumulating […]

Possible Shakespeare Signature Examined

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — High-tech examination of a historic document may have revealed the signature of William Shakespeare — or the work of a clever forger, U.S. researchers say. A special photographic technique using 12 different wavelengths of light has revealed the words “Wm Shakespeare” on the title page of the legal treatise “Archaionomia,” a collection […]

Spy Satellite-Carrying Rocket Blasts Off

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., (UPI) — A Delta 4 rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on a mission to deliver a spy satellite to orbit, officials said. The 20-story tall United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Medium rocket blasted off Tuesday afternoon, marking the first flight for the fifth configuration in the […]

Earth Has ‘Mini-Moon’ Followers

PARIS, (UPI) — The Earth has more than just the one large moon we are familiar with as mini-moons often spend some time in orbit around our planet, French researchers say. These mini-moons are captured asteroids, often just a few feet across, that usually orbit the Earth for less than a year before sailing off […]

Smithsonian Gets Shuttle Mission Cameras

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — NASA says two IMAX cameras that went into space with U.S. astronauts will become part of the Smithsonian collection at the National Air and Space Museum. From 1984 to 1998, the cameras traveled to space on 17 different space shuttle missions, the space agency said. Astronauts operating the 70-millimeter large format cameras […]

Fukushima Radiation At Sea Studied

WOODS HOLE, Mass. (UPI) — A study of radiation released into the ocean from the crippled reactors in Fukushima, Japan, found elevated levels in the marine environment, its authors say. The results were from a research cruise in June 2011 to study the amount spread, and impacts of radiation released March 11, 2011, when a […]

Australia, South Korea Create Giant Telescope

CANBERRA, Australia (UPI) — Astronomers in Australia have linked radio telescopes in that country with counterparts in South Korea to create a giant instrument almost 5,000 miles across. The linkup, similar to ones Australia has made with telescopes in Japan and China previously, should provide resolving power about 100 times that of the Hubble Space […]

Einstein ‘Blunder’ Proving Correct

BALTIMORE (UPI) — New observations support a theory of Albert Einstein’s about the expansion of the universe he once considered his “biggest blunder,” U.S. astronomers say. Findings from a cosmic survey measuring the distance to remote galaxies suggest that the mysterious “dark energy” though to cause the universe to expand at an accelerating rate was […]


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