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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 […]

Mystery Planet May Have Saved Earth

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 11 (UPI) — Jupiter may have knocked a giant planet out of the early solar system thus saving the Earth from a possible cosmic collision with Mars, U.S. astronomers say. At a relatively short 600 million years or so after the solar system formed, Jupiter and the other giant outer planets, Saturn, […]

Radioactive Particles Detected In Europe

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 (UPI) — Low levels of radioactive particles have been detected in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said the radioactive iodine-131 particles do not pose a public health risk. The IAEA said it was trying to determine the source […]

Bird Group Wants Action On Feral Cats

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) — A U.S. bird conservancy group has called on mayors of the country’s 50 largest cities to help stop the epidemic of feral cats that threatens bird populations. In a letter, the American Bird Conservancy urged the mayors to support responsible pet ownership and to oppose Trap-Neuter-Release programs that promote the […]

Study: Early Spatial Term Use Important

CHICAGO, Nov. 9 (UPI) — Young children who learn and use their parents’ words for the size and shape of objects do better on tests of their spatial skills, U.S. researchers say. University of Chicago researchers say their study suggests learning to use a wide range of spatial words predicts children’s later spatial thinking, important […]

U.S. Energy Use Subject Of Report

LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) — U.S. energy use went back up in 2010 compared with 2009, which hit a 12-year low in consumption, with most of the increase in fossil fuels, a report said. Electricity from renewable resources remained fairly constant with an increase in wind power offset by a modest decline in hydroelectricity, […]

BP Moves To Restoration Of U.S. Gulf

HOUSTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) — With more than $13.6 billion spent on cleanup operations, BP said it’s moving to restore the southern U.S. coast following Deepwater Horizon accident. British energy company BP said it received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard’s on-scene coordinator for its shoreline cleanup operation plan some 18 months after the Deepwater […]

Mixed Views On Economy, Energy

VIENNA, Nov. 10 (UPI) — The International Energy Agency predicted oil demand in 2012 would decline because of slow consumption levels in U.S. and Asian markets. The IEA, in its latest forecast, said demand was expected to be “weaker than expected.” The IEA said it trimmed its initial forecast by 20,000 barrels per day but […]

Virginia Trout Streams Come Back To Life

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 8 (UPI) — Trout streams in Virginia are showing encouraging signs of recovery from decades of acid rain, a long-term study by researchers found. “This is good news and real evidence for the value of our national investment in improving air quality,” said Rick Webb, a University of Virginia environmental scientist and […]


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