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Oil Shale Probe Wrong Policy, Critics Say

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A decision to investigate oil shale production in the western United States is another example of White House efforts to send more jobs overseas, a critic said. The U.S. Interior Department last week announced plans to investigate potential environment effects of oil production on federal land in Colorado, Utah and […]

New Malware Attacks Target Online Banking

LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Computer criminals have found a way to hack their way past the latest generation of online banking security techniques, British researchers say. In the scheme, account holders are tricked by an offer of training in a new “upgraded security system” after being logged into the bank’s real site, after which […]

Goggle Offers ‘Per Country’ Blog Blocking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) — Google says its Blogger sites can now be blocked on a “per country” basis, following a recent similar announcement by Twitter. Google says it will now be able to block access in individual countries following a legal removal request by a country’s government. The new system, under which […]

U.S. Unveils Plans For Offshore Wind Farms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — The U.S. government announced plans to move forward with a lease sale for offshore wind farms along the Atlantic coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management found there would be no environmental or socioeconomic effects from issuing wind energy leases off the mid-Atlantic coast. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in […]

U.S. Hits Hard At Iran’s Energy Sector

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Increasing pressure on Iran’s energy sector is a way to coerce the regime in Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, a U.S. Senate banking committee said. The Senate Banking Committee backed a sanctions and accountability act that places further restrictions on Iran’s ability to generate income through oil and natural […]

Hubble Captures Barred Spiral Galaxy Image

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 3 (UPI) — NASA and the European Space Agency say a Hubble image of a barred spiral galaxy will help astronomers understand more about our own Milky Way galaxy. Most spiral galaxies in the universe, including our home galaxy, have a bar structure in their center, and Hubble’s image of NGC 1073 […]

Super Volcanoes May Give Plenty Of Warning

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Giant volcano eruptions that change global climate and even threaten to wipe out species may be predictable decades in advance, European researchers say. Tim Druitt of France’s Blaise Pascal University said analysis of rock crystals from the Greek island of Santorini, site of an ancient super volcano eruption, suggests […]

Technology Could Find Empty Parking Spaces

BRIGHTON, England, Feb. 1 (UPI) — A British company says it is developing a system of wireless sensors and mobile apps to help drivers with the often frustrating task of finding a parking space. Deteq Solutions says the challenge lies in telling when a parking space is empty or occupied, without having to fit a […]

Report Recommends NASA Priorities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) — NASA technology development efforts in the next five years should focus on high-priority technologies and associated technical challenges, a U.S. report says. An emphasis on flight demonstrations for technologies that are nearly ready, and more budget allocations to advance and refine early emerging technologies, are also recommended in the report […]

Pentagon Wants Greener Fighting Force

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — A military that relies more on renewable energy resources is a stronger and more resilient fighting force, officials at the U.S. Department of Defense said. The Pentagon announced it was releasing $18 million to fund military programs designed to cut energy demand for combat forces by transitioning to less carbon […]

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