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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 […]

U.S. Concerned By Iran-Pakistan Pipeline

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Washington has serious concerns about decisions by Islamabad to move closer to a decision on a natural gas pipeline from Iran, a U.S. official said. Pakistan is facing an energy crisis due to a 33 percent decline in natural gas supplies compared with last year. The government last month said […]

U.S. To Monitor Cuban Oil Work

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Coast Guard plan to inspect an oil rig leased by Spanish energy company Repsol in Cuban waters, an official said. Repsol last year announced plans to drill exploration wells in Cuban waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A group of U.S. House of […]

Giant Weed Said Border Security Obstacle

LAWRENCE, Kan., Dec. 30 (UPI) — A giant invasive weed is threatening the ecosystem along southern U.S. rivers and could hamper security efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border, researchers say. Scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management report areas of giant reed, Arundo donax, are encroaching on the waters of the Rio Grande […]

Elusive Snow Leopards Caught On Camera

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) — A remote camera in the mountains of Afghanistan has captured a rare photograph of a snow leopard mother and her cub, a U.S. wildlife conservation group says. Photographs of the elusive animals are hard to come by, the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York said, so a picture of […]

Study: Apes Willing To Gamble Like Humans

NIJMEGEN, Netherlands, Dec. 30 (UPI) — Apes appear to gamble, like humans, by calculating odds of rewards vs. risks in performing tasks, European researchers say. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands observed apes as they “gambled” on overturning cups concealing pieces of chopped banana, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Faced […]

‘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, […]

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