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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 […]

Miniature Chameleons Found In Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Feb. 15 (UPI) — Researchers say they’ve discovered four new chameleon species off northern Madagascar that could be among the world’s tiniest reptiles. The species belong to the genus Brookesia, also known as leaf chameleons, and adults of the smallest species are just over an inch from nose to tail, researchers writing in […]

Study Warns Of Fire Danger In Western U.S.

EUGENE, Ore., Feb. 15 (UPI) — The history of western U.S. wildfires suggests current conditions and fire-managements practices could mean a dangerous future for the region, a study says. Researchers from the University of Oregon and other institutions said the American West has seen a recent increase in large wildfires due to droughts, the buildup […]

EU Anti-Piracy Act Under Fire

BRUSSELS, Feb. 13 (UPI) — The president of the European Parliament has joined in the criticism of Europe’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. “I don’t find it good in its current form,” Martin Schulz said in an interview with German television. His comments came after protests against the agreement in various countries, including Germany, Poland and […]

Conditions At Apple Suppliers Inspected

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 13 (UPI) — Apple Inc. says an independent labor-rights organization it joined last month has begun inspections of working conditions at Apple suppliers’ plants in China. An audit team from the Fair Labor Association it as the giant Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China, and will interview thousands of employees in Shenzhen and […]

Hurricanes Seen As Threat To Wind Farms

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Researchers say offshore wind farms planned for the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico face severe risks from hurricanes that could destroy half of them. The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of generating 20 percent of U.S. electricity needs from wind by 2030, with one-sixth of the […]

U.S. Coal Production Increased, EIA Says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Coal production from the United States rebounded from 2009 and showed a second consecutive year of increase, the U.S. Energy Department reported. Production from the U.S. interior, which includes Texas, increased 6.4 percent from 2010 levels to around 166 million tons. Texas accounted for 40 percent of that increase, the […]

NWF: Disclosure Of Deforestation Grows

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — More U.S. companies agreed to disclose what effects their products had on forests as consumer awareness of deforestation grows, an environmental group said. “More and more, consumers want to know that the products they buy at the store are not doing harm to the planet,” Barbara Bramble, international policy adviser […]

Electric Cars In China Bigger Polluters

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 13 (UPI) — Electric cars in China are having an impact on pollution more harmful to health than gasoline vehicles, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, analyzed the emissions and environmental health impacts of five vehicle technologies in 34 major Chinese cities. While electric cars have been seen […]

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