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China Boasts Of Renewable Energy Deployment In Xinjiang Province

BEIJING, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Renewable energy in the northwest Chinese province of Xinjiang accounted for about 30 percent of its total energy output, Chinese government statistics show. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s branch of the official State Grid Corp. of China showed the province last year installed more than 1.3 billion kilowatts of wind, […]

French Minister Supports Allowing ‘Clean’ Shale Gas Fracking

PARIS, Feb. 3 (UPI) — A split over France’s ban on shale gas development has emerged within the government, with one minister supporting an experimental type of “clean fracking.” French Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg, a member of President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party, is calling on the president to reconsider his opposition to hydraulic […]

NASA Announces Funding For Space Station Physics Research

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) — NASA says it will fund seven proposals for physics research using its new microgravity laboratory, set to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. The Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station, a frontier in […]

Global Space Agencies To Join In Asteroid Defense Planning

PARIS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The European Space Agency says it’s joining an effort to coordinate a global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading toward Earth. With a mandate from the United Nations, the ESA and other space agencies around the world will establish a high-level group to help coordinate expertise and […]

Study: Space Flights Might Risk Astronauts’ Immune Systems

DAVIS, Calif. (UPI) — Humans might consider venturing into space to be a bold adventure but it may not be good for our immune systems, researchers in California say. A study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, shows how growing up on a space shuttle weakened a key arm of the immune system […]

Discarded Plastic Bags Could End Up In Your Car’s Gas Tank As Fuel

NEW DELHI (UPI) — Discarded shopping bags and other plastic waste can be turned into liquid fuel for vehicles using a relatively low-temperature process, Indian researchers say. Writing in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, the scientists describe a commercially viable technology for efficiently rendering low-density polyethylene, a common polymer, into a liquid […]

Brain Region Identified As What Makes Us Especially Human

OXFORD, England (UPI) — British researchers report they’ve identified an area of the brain linked to cognitive processes we think of as being especially human. The region known as the ventrolateral frontal cortex, involved in some of the most advanced planning and decision-making processes, appears unlike anything in the brains of some of our closest […]

River In Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest Yields New Dolphin Species

MANAUS, Brazil (UPI) — Scientists are reporting the discovery of a river dolphin species in Brazil’s vast Amazon rainforest, the first such new identification in 100 years. The discovery of Inia araguaiaensis in the waters of the Araguaia River was published in a study posted online in the scientific journal PLoS ONE. The new species […]

Bacteria Could Turn Changes In Humidity Into Electrical Energy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI) — U.S. scientists say bacterial spores harnessing the untapped power of evaporating water could lead to generators turning humidity changes into electricity. Researchers at Harvard University report experiments with a sheet of rubber coated on one side with spores that cause the sheet to bend when it dries out, in the same […]

New, Younger Age Determined For The Grand Canyon

ALBUQUERQUE (UPI) — The Grand Canyon, long believed by many to be 70 million years old, is much younger that that — 5 to 6 million years old — a U.S. geologist says. The Grand Canyon in its current entire form came about when two ancient paleocanyons — one formed between 50 and 70 million […]

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