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U.S. Oil Company Hit With Fine By EPA

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 19 (UPI) — An oil refining company was hit with a $12 million fine by after admitting to violations of the Clean Air Act in Louisiana, the EPA said. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced Texas oil refining company Pelican Refining Co. LLC was sentenced to pay […]

Sperling: Keystone Deadline Hampers Review

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — Pushing a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline means the U.S. State Department doesn’t have time to ensure the pipeline is safe, an official said. U.S. Senate leaders last week accepted a two-month extension to a payroll tax cut in a measure that included a rider requiring the White House […]

Woman Who Had Ovaries Removed Is Pregnant

BARCELON, Spain, Dec. 19 (UPI) — A Spanish cancer patient who had both her ovaries removed has become the first in the world to become pregnant, doctors say. The 31-year-old woman had both her cancerous ovaries removed, but surgeons were able to save a small, healthy piece of one ovary that was frozen, stored and […]

Colonic ‘Gas Blast’ In Swedish Hospital

MOTALA, Sweden, Dec. 19 (UPI) — A routine bowel procedure in Sweden was interrupted by a “powerful blast” likely caused by a buildup of methane gas in the patient’s intestines, doctors said. The incident took place at a clinic in Motala during a procedure to remove a polyp from the intestine of a man in […]

Panel: Restrict Chimp Use In Research

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Chimpanzees should be subjects of biomedical research only under stringent conditions, including the absence of any other suitable model, a U.S. report says. The report by the Institute of Medicine, part of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, said use of the animals should be permissible only if forgoing their […]

California Academy Named 140 Species In ’11

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 140 new relatives to the world family tree of life in 2011, the academy said. The new species described by more than a dozen academy scientists, working with several dozen international collaborators, include 72 arthropods, 31 sea slugs, 13 fishes, 11 […]

Astronomers Turn Eyes To Black Hole

BERKELY, Calif., Dec. 15 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say they’ll be watching as a gas cloud approaching the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way breaks apart in the coming years. This is the first time the approach of such a cloud to a supermassive black hole has been observed, and astronomers […]

Gulf Coast Isn’t Clean, NWF Says

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 16 (UPI) — Don’t think that because BP is moving from cleanup to restoration with a $1 billion pledge that the southern U.S. coast is clean, wildlife officials said. BP, under an agreement reached in response to the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, agreed to commit $1 billion […]

Failed Russian Spacecraft To Fall To Earth

MOSCOW, Dec. 16 (UPI) — A Russian spacecraft that failed in its attempt to head to Mars will fall to Earth between Jan. 6-19, the country’s federal space agency said. No more than 400 pounds of the debris of the Phobos-Grunt craft will reach the Earth’s surface, and the fuel is expected to totally burn […]

Sense Of Smell Said Driver Of Evolution

MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 14 (UPI) — Modern humans have a better sense of smell than Neanderthals did and differences in brain structure suggest improved brain functions, German researchers say. Neanderthals and modern humans, two different human species, independently evolved brains of roughly the same size but with differing shapes that may indicate a difference in […]


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