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Self-Healing Electronic Circuits Created

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Dec. 20 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’ve develop self-healing electronic circuits that could extend the life of electronic devices and batteries. As electronic devices evolve and circuits get ever smaller, manufacturers are packing as much density onto a chip as possible, but that raises reliability problems, such as failure stemming from fluctuating […]

Air Pollution From Gulf Spill Analyzed

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) — The amount of air pollutants in the atmospheric plume generated by the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill was similar to that of a large city, a U.S. study says. “The levels of ozone were similar to what occurs in large urban areas. During the oil spill, it was like having […]

Keystone XL A ‘No-Brainer,’ Lawmaker Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) — A decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be a “no-brainer” for a U.S. president committed to job growth, a lawmaker said. U.S. lawmakers are kicking a measure that would extend a payroll tax cut back and forth. A bill on the payroll tax cut included […]

China Quake Aftershocks To Last For Years

CHENGDU, China, Dec. 21 (UPI) — Aftershocks from a 2008 earthquake in southwest China that left more than 80,000 people dead or missing will go on for more than 10 years, an expert says. The 8-magnitude quake struck Sichuan and neighboring Gansu and Shaanxi provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving 87,000 people dead or missing. […]

Fossil Find In Wales Excites Scientists

LLANDRINDOD WELLS, Wales, Dec. 19 (UPI) — British scientists say 450-million-year-old fossils found in a disused quarry in Wales may be of a kind never before discovered. The well-preserved organisms from the Ordovician period lived in what is now the town of Llandrindod Wells — which was partially under water — and shed new light […]

Study: Men Want Sons, Women Want Daughters

KINGSTON, Ontario, Dec. 19 (UPI) — When couples begin to think about having children, men want boys and women want girls, a Canadian study says. Researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario say they were surprised when their study revealed a strong gender bias, since they had predicted they would find evidence of a well-established contemporary […]

U.S. Moving Toward Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) — The United States in 2011 was a net exporter of petroleum products, prompting one analyst to say the U.S. market is nearly energy independent. Edward Morse, a commodities analyst at Citigroup, told USA Today that the United States imported 49 percent of its oil in 2010, down from 60 percent […]

Ancient Bathhouse Unearthed In Israel

JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 (UPI) — Israeli archaeologists say they uncovered the remains of a 1,600-year-old bathhouse in the coastal hills of Judea that may have been part of a wealthy estate. The ancient bathhouse dating to the Byzantine period was exposed during construction work on a modern water supply system to Jerusalem, Aruz Sheva reported […]

European Space Agencies Talk Missions

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (UPI) — Russian and European space program officials say they will proceed with a cooperative Moon research mission and a flight to Jupiter. The head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, and European Space Agency Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain held a meeting in Moscow to consider five research projects, RIA […]

Shell Gets Early Nod For Alaska Energy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — U.S. regulators said that if Royal Dutch Shell can get the proper environmental approvals, it can start drilling in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gave Shell conditional approval to work next year in the Chukchi Sea. Shell can drill six […]


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