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Migrating Birds Crash Land In Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Dec. 14 (UPI) — Thousands of migrating birds crashed in a Utah Walmart parking lot Monday requiring a marathon rescue and collection effort, wildlife officials said. Officials said thousands of grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, were migrating toward Mexico and probably mistook the parking lot of a Walmart store and other flat […]

Babies Learn Word Patterns By Listening

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Dec. 9 (UPI) — Babies are highly attuned to communication and motivated to interact — and they’re great listeners, U.S. researchers say. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame say during the first year of life, when babies spend much time listening to language, they’re actually tracking word patterns that will support […]

Study Finds Wide Distrust Of Atheists

EUGENE, Ore., Dec. 10 (UPI) — A study of adults in the United States and students in Canada found that most do not trust atheists to make moral choices. Researchers from the University of British Columbia and University of Oregon surveyed 350 people in the United States and 420 in Canada, Religion News Service reported. […]

Driving Taxis In London Builds Up Brains

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — Acquiring “the Knowledge” of central London’s 25,000 streets and places of interest causes changes in the brains of the city’s taxi drivers, research shows. The study by the Wellcome Trust supports increasing evidence that learning can change the structure of the brain even in adult life, offering encouragement for lifelong […]

EPA Finds Fracking Fluid In Wyoming Water

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Energy companies will struggle to sell the shale gas boom to the U.S. public after the EPA found fracking fluid in Wyoming’s water, a critic said. The Environmental Protection Agency announced, in a draft report, that an aquifer in Wyoming was found to contain compounds associated with hydraulic fracturing, the […]

U.S. Examines Pipeline Safety Rules

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) — A measure that would tighten rules and increase fines for oil and gas pipeline violations has gained bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, a lawmaker said. U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leaders agreed on the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act. It calls for tighter safety rules […]

Battery Recycling A Mexican Problem

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Used American batteries being recycled in Mexico using crude methods expose workers and residents to dangerous levels of toxic lead, environmentalists say. Domestic U.S. recycling has become more difficult and expensive because of strict new Environmental Protection Agency standards on lead pollution, leading some companies to send the work […]

Rats Show Empathy To Trapped Cage Mates

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Rats can be empathetic and will help free a trapped cage-mate even in the absence of any reward for doing so, U.S. researchers report. Helping others out of empathy has long been associated strictly with humans and other primates, but research led by the University of Chicago shows rats exhibit […]

U.S. Leases Out Alaska Land For Oil, Gas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 8 (UPI) — Three companies won the rights to explore and develop oil and natural gas on more than 141,000 acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Energy companies 70 & 148 LLC, Woodstone Resources LLC and ConocoPhillips submitted winning bids for the rights to develop 17 tracts covering roughly 141,739 […]

More Violations For BP In Gulf Of Mexico

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — British energy company BP is facing five sets of complaints issued by U.S. regulators stemming from last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an agency said. Last month, U.S. regulators suggested there were new regulatory violations uncovered during an analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last […]

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