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IAEA Links Science To Nuclear Transparency

VIENNA, Jan. 6 (UPI) — A research facility planned for Austria will expand the IAEA’s ability to verify the peaceful use of nuclear materials, an official said. The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was establishing a new nuclear material laboratory in Austria. When the project is completed in 2014, the facility would update the […]

U.S. To Assess Cyber Risk To Utilities

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security said they were working with utility companies to protect the electrical grid from cyberattacks. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the initiative will consider insight provided by private industry and public sector experts to assess ways to better secure the nation’s electrical […]

Virus Could Disable Cyberattack Source

TOKYO, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Japanese computer scientists say they’ve developed a computer virus that can be launched online to track down and disable the source of a cyberattack. While many computer experts say they remain skeptical, such a development would solve one of the major problems encountered by the online security community — the […]

Ohio Quake Tied To Shale Gas Operations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Pumping wastewater from shale gas operations deep underground was the likely cause of minor earthquakes recorded recently in Ohio, scientists said. A 2.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Ohio on Christmas Eve, followed by a 4.0-magnitude quake on New Year’s Eve. Ohio authorities called on scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory […]

Russia To Probe Death Of Rare Leopard

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Russian conservation experts say they’ve launched an investigation into the death of a rare Amur leopard, one of only an estimated 40 left in the wild. Poaching is believed to be the most likely cause of the leopard’s death, although a team of conservationists will look at other possible […]

Manatees Victims Of Florida Cold Snap

MIAMI, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Florida wildlife experts say 2011 was a bad year for the state’s manatees, blaming cold weather for the second-deadliest year on record for the marine mammals. State wildlife biologists said of the 453 dead manatees recovered in state waters last year, more than a quarter of them were killed by […]

Earthquakes At Lake Mead A Puzzle

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 (UPI) — A series of small earthquakes at Lake Mead may have been caused by Colorado snow runoff that rapidly filled the lake last spring and summer, a geologist says. Lee Allison, Arizona state geologist and director of the state’s geological survey, said he began to notice the small quakes, ranging […]

Belarus Tightens Grip On Internet

MINSK, Belarus, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Internet users in Belarus who visit Web sites hosted in other countries could soon face fines of up to $125 under a new law, authorities say. Internet cafe owners could also be fined and have their businesses closed down if their customers are found visiting Web sites outside Belarus, […]

Spain Launches Strong Anti-Piracy Law

MADRID, Jan. 3 (UPI) — The Spanish government says recently adopted Internet anti-piracy laws could mean Web sites deemed to be carrying pirated material could be blocked within days. The legislation has created a government body with powers to force Internet service providers to block sites in a crackdown welcomed by the movie and music […]

Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Law

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) — A new law governing oil and natural gas pipelines in the United States provides a strong framework to prevent future accidents, a House leader said. U.S. President Barack Obama signed a measuring into law regulating oil and gas pipelines in the United States. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of […]

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