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Oil Drilling Increased, API Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The United States, even with an increase in wells in the fourth quarter, can do better in terms of the number of domestic oil wells drilled, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute said 6,149 oil wells were completed during the fourth quarter of 2011, a 10 percent increase […]

House May Try Again With Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — “All options are on the table” to ensure the White House moves quickly on the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a U.S. lawmaker said. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on ABC News’ “This Week” that House leaders may insert language on the Keystone XL pipeline into […]

Native British Dog Breeds Said At Risk

LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Native British dog breeds are at risk of extinction, overwhelmed by the growing popularity of exotic dogs such as huskies and Chihuahuas, figures suggest. One beloved breed, the English setter, has seen a steep decline in registrations over 10 years, the U.K. Kennel Club said, and has been added to […]

$1.6 Million Fine For Cutting Down Trees

JUPITER, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) — A Florida couple was fined $1.6 million for cutting down mangrove trees on their property without proper state and city permits. Roger and Myrna Byrd of Jupiter removed 109 mangroves, a tree Florida has protected since 1985, in late 2010, The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday. “Those mangroves will […]

First ‘Cloaking’ Of A 3D Object Announced

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have “cloaked” a three-dimensional object, making it invisible from all angles for the first time. The process uses a shell of what are known as plasmonic materials that create a “photo negative” of the object being cloaked, effectively canceling it out. However, the demonstration has […]

Asteroid Makes Close Pass By Earth

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) — An asteroid as big as a school bus passed close to Earth Friday but posed no threat to the planet, NASA astronomers said. The floating space rock, tagged Asteroid 2012 BX34, came within 36,750 miles of Earth, or about a fifth of the distance between the Earth and the […]

Florida Bald Eagles Becoming City Dwellers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) — The recovery of bald eagles in Florida is pushing the birds closer to city environments less suitable for them as the best habitats fill up, experts say. “I think we’re potentially at carrying capacity for eagles in this state, and now the eagles are moving to less desirable […]

Electric Grids Survive Solar Storm

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 25 (UPI) — A geomagnetic storm triggered by a solar flare did little to disrupt the electrical power grid for North American consumers, authorities said. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Colorado warned a solar flare could cause problems with the electrical sector this week. Canadian officials told the […]

Solar Storm Was Stronger Than Predicted

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — The solar storm that caused several days of intense geomagnetic activity in Earth’s atmosphere was even stronger than originally predicted, U.S. officials said. “Earlier, it was stated that the current Solar Radiation Storm was the largest since May 2005,” an announcement from a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration division said. […]

Handwriting Skill May Bring School Success

MIAMI, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Handwriting may be a tool for success and there may be academic value to good penmanship, a researcher in Florida says. With the state considering dropping the teaching of cursive writing from the curriculum, a Florida International University professor decided to find out if there was value in good handwriting. […]

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