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State Department Eyes Keystone XL Concerns

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said it was reviewing lawmakers’ concerns about a potential conflict of interest in the review of the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernard Sanders, Ind.-Vt., said in a letter to the State Department that its decision to hire Texas […]

GOP Pushes Back On Solyndra Records

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — U.S. lawmakers said they’re entitled to see internal White House documents regarding the loan for bankrupt Solyndra unless the president clearly says otherwise. Members of the Republican-led House of Representatives are investigating the $535 million loan guarantee for California solar panel company Solyndra. The company was touted as the centerpiece […]

German Satellite Set To Fall To Earth

BERLIN, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Another satellite is expected to plummet to Earth this weekend, though the timing and location cannot be precisely determined, European scientists said. The decommissioned German ROSAT satellite, the size of a large car, is set to fall to Earth somewhere either Saturday and Sunday, Fox News reported Tuesday. The satellite […]

New Name Sought For Iconic U.S. Telescope

MAGDALENA, N.M., Oct. 18 (UPI) — The Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico, with its multiple dishes familiar to audiences of movies like “Contact,” needs a new name, officials said. The public is being asked to submit suggestions for a new name for the facility to mark the end of a decade’s worth […]

‘Friendly’ Bacteria Help Pandas Survive

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Giant pandas survive on a very un-bear-like diet of hard-to-digest bamboo because they carry around digestive helpers in their gut, Chinese researchers say. While pandas are closely related to meat-eating bears, their vegetarian diet consists almost exclusively of bamboo that is full of hard-to-digest cellulose. Most mammals lack the ability […]

Cellphone Made To Steal Keystrokes

ATLANTA, Oct. 18 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a smartphone could be hacked to sense, record and transmit the keystrokes of a person working on a computer nearby. Researchers at Georgia Tech said by using a smartphone’s accelerometer — the internal device that detects when and how a phone is tilted — to sense keyboard […]

Biodiversity Found In All Earth’s Soils

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in arid grasslands or the tundra and woodlands as in lush tropical forests, a U.S. study says. Scientists have generally accepted that a wider range of species that live above ground can be found at the equator than at the Earth’s […]

Computers Reassembling Ancient Texts

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 18 (UPI) — A collection of historical texts scattered in more than 70 museums around the world are being “stitched” into a whole using computers, Israeli researchers say. The 350,000 fragments of the so-called Cairo Genizah include both religious texts and social and commercial documents dating from the ninth to 19th […]

Satellite Data Creates New Earth Map

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 17 (UPI) — NASA says it has released the most complete digital topographic map of Earth yet, creating it in cooperation with Japanese researchers using satellite data. The map, called a global digital elevation model, was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument aboard […]

Laser Test Can Spot ‘Blood Diamonds’

KILLEEN, Texas, Oct. 17 (UPI) — A new technique using lasers could be employed to identify so-called conflict gemstones, identifying their country of origin, U.S. researchers say. In a test, the laser technology identified which one of eight countries a diamond came from with 95 percent accuracy, ScienceNews.org reported last week. The process could eventually […]

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