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Study: Mandating Ethanol Wrong Solution

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 13 (UPI) — While many Americans are willing to pay a premium for ethanol fuel, it doesn’t justify a government mandate for the fuel, a U.S economist argues. Soren Anderson at Michigan State University studied the U.S. demand for ethanol — called E85 — and found when ethanol prices rose 10 […]

Valentine’s Flowers Inspected For Pests

MIAMI, Feb. 11 (UPI) — Before they woo or wow sweethearts, hundreds of millions of cut flowers get a critical look over from U.S. specialists looking for pests and disease. With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a busy time of year for the 2,300 U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists nationwide who pore over flowers coming […]

NASA May Cut Planet Exploration Missions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) — NASA budget cuts could threaten the U.S. space agency’s efforts to explore Mars and other planets using robot missions, U.S. scientists say. Scott Hubbard, the former leader of the National Atmospheric and Space Administration’s Mars team, said reduced funding could set back planetary exploration considerably by delaying development of new […]

Endangered Butterfly Making A Comeback

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) — An endangered species of butterfly has been showing signs of a comeback in the Dunes Habitat Preserve at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. A recently completed study of the small El Segundo Blue Butterfly estimated the population between 120,610 and 125,920, which represents an 8 percent increase from […]

Microsoft Takes Next Step Toward Windows 8

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 9 (UPI) — Microsoft has announced it will preview the consumer edition of Windows 8 in Spain as another step in preparing to release the new operating system. A “consumer preview” is the name Microsoft has given the beta version of the operating system it will exhibit at the Mobile World Congress […]

Fish Thought Extinct Caught In Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A Tennessee fisherman says he was stunned when a blue walleye, declared extinct in the Great Lakes where it once thrived, was caught in a local lake. Overfishing through the 1950s wiped out the blue walleye species in its Great Lakes habitat and the last blue walleye caught in Lake […]

Zebra Stripes Seen As Bug Defense

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A zebra’s black and white stripes, puzzling biologists for centuries, may have been an evolutionary defense against biting insects, Hungarian researchers say. Adam Egri at Eotvos University in Budapest said he and international colleagues confirmed a theory first proposed in 1930 and backed up in 1981 when it was […]

Kodak Exiting The Digital-Camera World

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) — U.S. company Eastman Kodak, which recently filed for bankruptcy, says it will no longer produce digital cameras, which it invented in 1975. Kodak said it would also stop producing pocket-sized video cameras and digital photo frames, the Chicago Tribune reported. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last […]

Internet Users Donate At Least $1.2 Million To Game Development

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Internet donations to an online game that hasn’t even been created yet reached $1 million in a single day, U.S. “crowd funding” entity Kickstarter said. The game, called Double Fine Adventure, had raised $1.2 million by Friday morning, CNN reported. “With this project, we’re taking that door off its […]

Soviet Academics Impacted U.S. Math Study

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Feb. 8 (UPI) — The 1992 collapse of the Soviet Union brought many Soviet mathematicians to U.S. institutions and changed how mathematics are taught and studied, a study shows. Russian scholars’ differing areas of specialization was a prime factor in the change in U.S. mathematics instruction, researchers at the University of Notre […]


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