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‘Hybrid’ Sharks Found In Australia

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 2 (UPI) — Interbreeding between shark species has created hybrid animals swarming the east coast of Australia, researchers say. Multiple generations of the shark, a hybrid of the genetically distinct Australian black tip — whose range extends north from Brisbane — and the larger common black tip found in southeastern coastal waters, […]

Praise For Move To Delay EPA’s Smog Rule

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) — The “rash of regulations” proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking money out of the pockets of taxpayers, a Republican lawmaker said. A federal appeals court delayed proposed emissions limits for power plants in the United States. The EPA claimed the emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide […]

Chimps Warn When Others Don’t See Danger

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Chimpanzees can sense when others in a group are unaware of a present danger and can issue warnings, European researchers say. The findings suggest chimpanzees are aware of the information available to other chimpanzees and make decisions about the messages they choose to convey based on that understanding, […]

Vatican Says Turin Shroud Proved Genuine

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 29 (UPI) — The official newspaper of the Vatican says science cannot explain the Turin shroud and has endorsed recent suggestions of its authenticity. The newspaper cited research by Italian scientists it says suggests the shroud — which many believe bears an imprint of the body of Jesus — cannot be a […]

Marine Bacteria Glow To Attract Attention

EILAT, Israel, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Bioluminescent bacteria glow in the ocean as a form of “advertising” meant to attract hungry diners, Israeli and German researchers say. The scientists, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, report laboratory experiments strengthen a long-held theory that marine bacteria light up to obtain a free […]

Cement Group Pays $1.7 Million For Air Pollution

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — A cement company agreed to pay millions of dollars to resolve allegations it violated the Clean Air Act at U.S. manufacturing plants, the EPA said. Essroc Cement Co. agreed to pay $1.7 million in fines and invest more than $30 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations with […]

More Green Programs Planned For U.S. Grid

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — The U.S. government said it approved of a solar plant in California and a wind farm in Oregon that could provide enough energy for 112,500 homes. U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced approval of two renewable energy projects, which would collectively generate about 379 megawatts of power. “Today’s projects […]

BP May Face Criminal Charges For Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Employees with British energy company BP may have underplayed risks associated with drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before last year’s spill, sources said. Transocean, Halliburton and BP are locked in legal battles over which company bears ultimate responsibility for last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An […]

Grant Will Fund Seafood Poisoning Research

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has announced a $4 million grant to research causes of the world’s most common seafood poisoning. The five-year grant will allow scientists to investigate ciguatera fish poisoning, the most common form of algal toxin-induced seafood poisoning in the world, focusing on the Gulf […]

Water Levels In The Great Lakes A Concern

DETROIT, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Wet weather could raise Great Lakes water levels up from last year, but the gains could evaporate because of unseasonably warm weather, U.S. experts say. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its six-month forecast Wednesday calling for above-average levels on the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, The Detroit News […]

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