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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 […]

University Sees Food Waste As Resource

COLUMBIA, Mo., Dec. 29 (UPI) — Researchers at the University of Missouri say they hope to develop a system for turning uneaten food from the school’s dining halls into fertilizer. Tim Reinbott, who runs the Bradford Research Center farm on the school’s Columbia campus, says he wants to make use of the tons of food […]

Stephen Hawking Seeking New Assistant

CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 29 (UPI) — British physicist Stephen Hawking is advertising for an assistant with a salary of around $38,000 a year, Cambridge University said. Hawking, 69, who suffers from motor neuron disease, is looking for an aide to help him in “areas which he has difficulty due to his disability,” the BBC reported […]

China Starts Testing Super Train

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (UPI) — China’s largest train manufacturer says it has begun testing a train capable of speeds of up to 310 miles per hour. CSR Corp. Ltd. said it has tested the six-car train with a streamlined engine carrying testing and data processing facilities, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported Monday. The newest […]

Online Poker Could Be Legal Under Ruling

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) — A decision by the U.S. Department of Justice could make online lotteries and online poker legal, analysts say. In reinterpreting the Wire Act of 1961, the department ruled the law’s banning of wagers by way of telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders refers only to bets on a […]

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