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Deadly Frog Fungus Identified

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) — A fungus decimating the world’s frog species comes in several forms and has probably been spread by global trade in amphibians, British researchers say. The Chytrid fungus is now found on every continent and the chytridiomycosis it causes has wiped out a number of species. An investigation led by researchers […]

New Elements Join The Periodic Table

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) — Chemistry students bent on memorizing the periodic table of elements have three new names to commit to memory, scientists meeting in Britain said. The General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, taking place at the Institute of Physics in London, approved the names of three new […]

Galaxies Could Yield Dark Matter Clues

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 8 (UPI) — Two newly discovered dwarf galaxies outside the Milky Way could help reveal the nature of dark matter, U.S. astronomers say. Researchers at the University of Michigan said the dwarf galaxies appear to be satellites of Andromeda, the closest spiral galaxy to Earth. The astronomers searched for dwarf galaxies […]

Spotted Horses Found In Paleolithic Era

BERLIN, Nov. 7 (UPI) — Genetic evidence suggests the spotted horses depicted in Paleolithic cave paintings were realistic depictions of horses at the time, a German researcher said. The paintings “The Dappled Horses of Pech-Merle” found on the walls of a cave in France depict horses with a pattern very similar to the pattern known […]

PG&E Record Under Scrutiny After Tests

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 8 (UPI) — While pressure testing of gas pipelines in California found defects, it’s troubling the pipelines are rupturing with such great frequency, a lawmaker said. Officials at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said they suspected existing damage to a gas pipeline near Woodside, Calif., likely was to blame for a rupture […]

Biofuels Cut Into Oil Demand

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) — Energy efficiency and new technology are expected to lead to a sea change in the international oil use, a consultant said. A report from industrial consultant company Ricardo Strategic Consulting concluded that oil demand in 2035 is expected to be 3 percent less than global 2010 levels of 87.4 million […]

Iran Wants To Export Nuclear Technology

TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (UPI) — Iran has made significant advances in nuclear technology that have paved the way for possible exports, an Iranian atomic energy official said. Fereidoun Abbasi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said his country has made gains in nuclear energy that would make it possible to export technology. “We are in […]

Study: Fear A Factor In Stock Decisions

BERKELY, Calif., Nov. 8 (UPI) — Investors fearful about their stocks project that fear onto others which then leads them to sell stocks earlier than they might otherwise, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business say the scared investor’s early decision to sell stocks happens through “social projection” […]

Peacekeepers For Natural Resources?

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 7 (UPI) — Peacekeepers working for the United Nations have a role to play in protecting the environment and natural resources, the U.N. secretary-general said. “Given their critical role in supporting countries emerging from conflict, United Nations peacekeeping operations are well-placed to positively influence how the environment is protected and natural resources […]

China Plans Switch To Energy-Saving Lights

BEIJING, Nov. 7 (UPI) — China will phase out incandescent light bulbs, a government official said. Beginning next October, under a three-step plan, imports and sales of incandescent bulbs 100 watts and higher will be prohibited. That will be followed by an additional ban on imports and sales of such bulbs 60 watts and above […]

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