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How Bold Are London’s Nuclear Plans?

LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) — London aims to keep nuclear power as part of its energy mix, though the country hasn’t built a new nuclear reactor in more than 20 years. British Energy Secretary Chris Huhne had said that Japan’s nuclear disaster in March “changed the energy debate” surrounding nuclear energy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

Western Black Rhino Said Extinct

GLAND, Switzerland, Nov. 11 (UPI) — The Western black rhino has been declared extinct, with none of the animals remaining in West Africa, a U.N. global assessment of threatened species has found. In the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, which includes reassessments of several rhinoceros […]

New Crew Headed To Space Station

BAIKONUR, Russia, Nov. 14 (UPI) — New crew members are heading for the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz capsule launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA announced. The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft carrying crew members Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Dan Burbank blasted off at 11:14 p.m. EST Sunday, a NASA release said. The […]

Alaskan Bronze Buckle Suggest Asia Link

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 14 (UPI) — Researchers say they’ve discovered the first prehistoric cast bronze artifact ever found in Alaska and that it likely originated in East Asia. Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder said the artifact resembling a buckle was found inside an ancient house dug into the side of a sand-covered beach […]

China Conducts Second Space Docking

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (UPI) — China says it has completed a second successful space docking between two unmanned spacecraft in orbit. The country’s Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1 vehicles performed China’s first space docking Nov. 2 and have been orbiting together since then, SPACE.com reported. Early Monday, the two spacecraft were disengaged and then performed […]

Study: Humans Became Social In Daylight

OXFORD, England, Nov. 14 (UPI) — Humans became social rather that solitary creatures when they stopped being nocturnal and became active during the day, British researchers say. Oxford University researchers say primates were originally solitary creatures that lived alone and foraged by night but millions of years ago they began moving around in daylight, which […]

Massive Sunspots Aimed At Earth

If sunspots are aimed toward Earth excess energy can be poured into the atmosphere causing magnetic storms that create aurorae like the Northern lights. The storms could also have a devastating impact on power grids and disrupt worldwide communication devices.

TransCanada Stands By Keystone XL

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 11 (UPI) — TransCanada said it was optimistic its Keystone XL oil pipeline would be approved even after Washington said it would consider alternative routes. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build a pipeline to carry oil from tar sands projects in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the southern U.S. coast. […]

White House Giving In On Solyndra?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) — Republican lawmakers said they were “hopeful” the White House would demonstrate good faith in releasing documents related to the Solyndra bankruptcy. U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House energy and commerce committee, and Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of an investigative subcommittee, said the White House was “sadly” holding […]

NASA Describes Mars Mission Goals

GREENBELT, Md., Nov. 11 (UPI) — One of the mission goals of NASA’s next Mars rover, set to launch Nov. 25, will be to search for the possibility of life on the planet, the space agency said. However, it’s the ingredients of life, not life itself, which will be the target of the scientific search […]

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