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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 […]

GOP Job Plan Calls For More Oil And Gas

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — A jobs initiative would force the White House to have more lease sales for oil and gas deposits and set overall production goals, a committee said. The House Natural Resources Committee said new legislation calls for lease sales in parts of the country estimated to hold at least 2.5 billion […]

Close Super Bowl Games Increase Advertising Impact

CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. advertisers spending big money on ads in the upcoming Superbowl should hope for a close, exciting games for maximum impact of their messages, experts say. An Oregon State University researcher says viewers consider advertising in a more favorable light after watching a close, exciting sporting event. “Games with […]

College May Hurt Marriage Chances For Some

ITHACA, N.Y., Jan. 31 (UPI) — People from disadvantaged backgrounds gain financial security by attending college but paradoxically lower their odds of ever marrying, a U.S. researcher says. Cornell University sociologist Kelly Musick says men and women from the least advantaged backgrounds who attend college can end up stranded between social worlds, reluctant to “marry […]

China Clears Illegal Tiger Snares

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Volunteers in China cleared 162 illegal wire snares in an effort to protect the surviving population of endangered Siberian tigers, U.S. conservationists say. The Wildlife Conservation Society, based in New York, said its members struggled with freezing temperatures and deep snow as they searched the northeastern province of Heilongijang to […]

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