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Sugarcane Eyed As Biodiesel Crop In U.S. Southeast

URBANA, Ill., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Researchers say they’re working to modify sugarcane so that it can be grown as a biodiesel group in the U.S. Southeast. Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are part of a multi-institutional team working to increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and […]

Oldest Known Fragment Of Earth’s Crust Suggests Early Cooling

MADISON, Wis., Feb. 24 (UPI) — A tiny zircon crystal from Australia, 4.4 billions years old, has been confirmed as the oldest discovered fragment of Earth’s crust, scientists say. A study of the crystal, led by University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience Professor John Valley, shows the Earth’s crust first formed just 160 million years after the […]

AAA Reports Steady Rise In U.S. Gasoline Prices

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States rose nearly 2 percent in the past week, AAA said Monday. The national average was $3.41 per gallon, up from the $3.35 reported for Feb. 17, AAA said. Montana had the lowest state average, $3.14, while […]

Britain Aims To Revitalize North Sea Energy

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Britain’s economy could get more than $300 billion during the next 20 years from exploiting the oil reserves in the North Sea, the government said Monday. The government said it was moving forward with recommendations from retired businessman Ian Wood, who led a panel tasked with finding ways to breathe […]

British Carbon Capture And Storage Plant Planned For Scottish Coast

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — British officials said Monday a gas-fired plant on the eastern Scottish coast will be retrofitted as a carbon capture and storage site. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said Shell will operate the facility, the first of its kind, in Peterhead. The project, which is […]

25 Years After Iron Curtain Fell, Deer Stay On Respective Sides

SUMAVA NATIONAL PARK, Czech Republic (UPI) — A quarter of a century after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the German/Czech Republic fence removed, the deer are staying on their side of the former border. Pavel Sustr said the Sumava National Park and its Bavarian counterpart straddle the Czech-German border in the largest forest […]

Eco-tourism Offered As Hope For Endangered Madagascar Lemurs

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (UPI) — Eco-tourism combined with increased conservation efforts may be the best hope for Madagascar’s critically endangered lemurs, a research team says. The creatures — the world’s most threatened primate — are unique to the island nation but their numbers have declined dramatically in recent years, largely due to habitat loss from illegal […]

Oldest Fortified Settlement In North America Discovered In Georgia

DARIEN, Ga. (UPI) — The oldest fortified settlement in North America has been discovered in Georgia, giving insights into the early colonization of the New World, researchers say. Fort Caroline, a long-sought fort built by the French in 1564, had long been thought to have been built near modern-day Jacksonville in Florida, but researchers say […]

Legal Harvest Of Marine Turtles Tops 40,000 Annually, Study Finds

EXETER, England (UPI) — Legal harvests of marine turtles exceed 42,000 a year but illegal fishing and bycatch are much bigger threats to the endangered animals, British scientists say. Forty-two countries or territories around the world permit the taking of marine turtles, researchers at the University of Exeter said they found in their study, the […]

Tiny Marsupial With Suicidal Sex Life Discovered In Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (UPI) — A highly sexed mouse-like marsupial in Australia suffers a fatal attraction, mating with so many females for so long it dies from the activity, scientists say. A Queensland University of Technology mammalogist discovered the black-tailed Antechinus in Queensland’s Springbrook National Park, the university said Friday. Its distinctive yellow-orange markings around its […]

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