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Deaths From Computer Dusters Seen In SoCal

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — A California research team says it has seen a rising number of deaths caused by the inhaling of compressed air from cans used to clean dust from computers. The researchers from the San Diego County Medical Examiner and Sheriff’s offices said 17 country residents had died in the past five years […]

Harvard Facility Cited For Animal Deaths

BOSTON (UPI) — Three squirrel monkeys died in 19 months at the New England Primate Research Center and other animals also sustained injuries, a report released Sunday said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the Harvard Medical School research facility for three serious incidents that occurred after the medical school replaced the center’s leadership in […]

U.S. Funds Alternative Fuel Research

WASHINGTON (UPI) — More than $40 million will go into new research to encourage the development of alternative fuels for automobiles in the U.S. market, the government said. The White House announced it was making $30 million available for developing technology for the use of natural gas in automobiles and another $14 million to support […]

BP Confirms Delay In Gulf Oil Spill Trial

NEW ORLEANS (UPI) — British energy company BP said it was working with plaintiffs in the Deepwater Horizon case to reach an agreement after a court date was delayed to March. BP confirmed a U.S. District Court in New Orleans adjourned a start date for a trial one week so both sides could advance their […]

CDs On The Way Out, But No One’s Sure When

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The end for compact discs is near, analysts say, but there is debate over just when the end will come, a U.S. tech Web site reports. Some analysts of the music business have predicted the end of CD manufacturing by the end of 2012 as digital downloads continue to dominate world […]

Golden Eagles Found Dead At Wind Farm

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is investigating the deaths of two federally protected golden eagles at a California wind farm. The two eagles were discovered Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. A total of eight eagles have been found dead at the Los Angeles Department of […]

GOP Claims Victory On Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) — “Tens of thousands of jobs” will come from Keystone XL now that a bill passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, a Republican leader said. The Republican-led House passed a measure that strips U.S. President Barack Obama of the authority to approve the $7 billion pipeline and instead gives the […]

Tiny Insect Discovered In Wilds Of Belize

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Feb. 15 (UPI) — U.S. entomologists say they’ve discovered a tiny grasshopper-like insect in Belize and named it in commemoration of a Mayan people who once lived there. Researchers have dubbed the tiny hopper Ripipteryx mopana after the Mopan people, a Mayan group native to the Central American region. Scientists from the University […]

Device Turns Camera Phone Into Microscope

HELSINKI, Finland, Feb. 15 (UPI) — A Finnish research center says it has developed a pocket-sized accessory that turns an ordinary camera phone into a high-resolution microscope. The VTT Technical Research Centre says the device is accurate in obtaining images with a resolution of just one-hundredth of a millimeter. Various surfaces and structures can be […]

Study Looks To Bacteria For Biofuel

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 15 (UPI) — Bacteria first found in Yellowstone’s hot springs could make ethanol production from crops such as switchgrass commercially viable, U.S. researchers say. Current ethanol production methods rely on the use of expensive enzymes to break down complex plant materials to yield sugars that are fermented into ethanol. Researchers at […]

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