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U.S. Takes Close Look At Alaska’s Arctic

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Interior announced there was a need to take a careful look at the arctic landscape in Alaska for the sake of better management. “The arctic’s unique ecosystem calls for a landscape-scale approach to management that cuts across agencies, jurisdictions, and boundaries,” Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes said in […]

Zynga To Start Dedicated Game Web Site

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Internet gaming company Zynga says it will start its own site for its games to allow users to play them without need to be on social networks such as Facebook. Zynga said a beta version of what it calls the Zynga Platform will allow customers to play five of its popular […]

Violin Strings Made From Spider Silk

NARA, Japan (UPI) — A Japanese researcher says thousands of strands of spider silk spun into a set of violin strings can yield a “preferable” timbre for many musicians. The way the strings are twisted, resulting in a “packing structure” that leaves almost no space between any of the strands, provides a “soft and profound […]

Easily Guessed Computer Passwords A Risk

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Hackers often get into protected systems by simply guessing the password, which is often made too easy for them by users, U.S. security experts say. Security services firm Trustwave says it found the most common password used on business computer systems is “Password1,” CNN reported Monday. Although it satisfies the complexity […]

U.S. States Want To See BP In Court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UPI) — A judicial authority in Alabama confirmed there was interest in pushing ahead with a trial with BP over the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010. A trial against BP was postponed after the British energy company announced it reached a $7.8 billion settlement with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, a consortium of individuals […]

U.S. Lawmakers To Review Gasoline Prices

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. House of Representatives announced it was set to review a number of policy options that could lower gasoline prices. Gasoline prices in the United States have moved closer to $4 per gallon as oil prices on the global market increase. Oil prices account for about 70 percent of the price […]

Comet Dust Reveals Jupiter Secrets

HONOLULU (UPI) — U.S. scientists say studies of tiny grains of a comet brought to Earth in 2006 have revealed clues that help date the formation of the planet Jupiter. Researchers at the University of Hawaii said particles from comet 81P/Wild 2 returned to Earth by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft indicate Jupiter formed more than three […]

Across The U.S. On 10 Gallons Of Gas?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (UPI) — A U.S. academic says he believes he can drive across the United States from coast to coast on 10 gallons of gasoline and will begin the attempt Saturday. Agriscientist Cliff Ricketts of Middle Tennessee State University will set out to drive the approximately 2,532-mile distance from Savannah and Tybee Island, Ga., […]

$35 Computer Goes On Sale In Britain

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — A credit-card-sized low-cost computer designed to help teach children to code has gone on sale in Britain, its developers say. The Raspberry Pi is a bare-bones computer created by volunteers mostly drawn from academia and the British tech industry hope the machines could help reverse a lack of programming skills in […]

U.S. Proposes Funding For Offshore Wind

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. government announced $180 million may be available in a six-year initiative aimed at developing the offshore wind energy sector. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said an initial $20 million was committed this year as part of a six-year strategy to support offshore wind energy installations. “These investments are critical to […]

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