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Cleaner Air Surrounds ‘Last Supper’

MILAN, Italy, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Efforts to protect Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” from air pollution appear to be succeeding, University of Southern California researchers said. The refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church in Milan installed a sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in 2009 to protect the painting from the polluted […]

Study: Wood Builds Healthy Climate

SEATTLE, Nov. 23 (UPI) — A study funded by the U.S. Forest Service suggests harvesting trees for construction can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The study, led by the University of Washington and published in the journal Forests, says Pacific Northwest trees grown and harvested sustainably can both remove existing carbon dioxide from the […]

More U.S. Science Degrees By Foreign-Born

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Native-born and foreign-born people in the United States are just as likely to have a college degree, but more foreign-born are engineers, officials say. The analysis, based on 2010 American Community Survey estimates, found 48.5 million, or 28 percent, of the 170.7 million native-born population age 25 and older, and […]

Russian Mars Probe Data Uninterpretable

MOSCOW, Nov. 24 (UPI) — Data received from a Russian Mars probe at the European Space Agency in Australia is impossible to interpret, a space industry source told RIA Novosti Thursday. “It was impossible to get anything out of the telemetry received this morning — there are encoding/decoding problems,” the source told the Russian news […]

Florida To Protect Four Shark Species

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) — Florida wildlife officials say they’re about to outlaw the killing of tiger sharks and three kinds of hammerheads that prowl the state’s waters. The new rule, to be voted on by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, would add four new species — tiger sharks as well […]

Secret Of Frogs’ Jumping Prowess Revealed

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 16 (UPI) — The ability of frogs to leap several times farther than their physiology would seem to allow lies in their tendons, not in their muscles, U.S. researchers say. Using high-speed X-ray photography, animal scientists at Brown University discovered frogs’ tendons stretch as they ready their leaps and then recoil much […]

Buried Antarctic Mountain Range Studied

LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) — Scientists say they’ve solved the mystery of the billion-year sequence of events that formed a mountain range buried beneath the vast East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and scientists from six other nations used ice penetrating radars, gravity meters and magnetometers to study the Gamburtsev Subglacial […]

Debate Stirs Over Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) — The National Automobile Dealers Association complained new fuel standards proposed by Washington would add $3,000 to the average price of a car. As part of the so-called We Can’t Wait initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama to circumvent a legislative branch hamstrung by partisan bickering, the federal government announced […]

Geron Halts Human Stem Cell Research Trial

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 15 (UPI) — A U.S. medical research company says it is halting medical research of a human embryonic stem cell therapy in patients with spinal cord injury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval to Geron Corp. last year to conduct the world’s first clinical trial of a human embryonic […]

Safe Energy Production Key, Director Says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) — Moving forward with oil and gas development safely is vital to regional energy security, the new director of U.S. safety and environmental enforcement said. The U.S. Interior Department announced that, starting Dec. 1, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. James Watson takes the helm at the new Bureau of Safety and Environmental […]


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