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Team Discovers Three Distant Planets

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Oct. 27 (UPI) — Researchers using a telescope in Texas say they have discovered three planets, each orbiting its own giant, dying star. Using a telescope at the McDonald Observatory 450 miles west of Austin, the team of astronomers led by a Penn State University astronomer observed the stars and their planets […]

Asteroid Said To Be Old ‘Mini-World’

PARIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Data from a European spacecraft study of a distant asteroid show it is a primitive body left over as planets were forming in the solar system, astronomers said. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft flew by the asteroid Lutetia in July 2010 and scientist have finished analyzing the data gathered […]

Chu To Testify About Solyndra Loan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) — U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu agreed to testify before lawmakers about the controversial loan to solar panel company Solyndra, a committee chairman said. Members of the Republican-led House of Representatives are putting pressure on the White House following the bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra. The company received a $535 […]

Plastic Pellet Clean-Up Begins In San Francisco Bay

SAN LEANDRO, Calif., Oct. 28 (UPI) — A program to get plastic debris known as nurdles out of San Francisco Bay is the first of its kind in the nation, environmental officials said Friday. The EPA and state and local water-quality agencies want to rid the bay of small plastic pellets that can be fatal […]

Expedition Seeks Sir Francis Drake Remains

PANAMA CITY, Panama, Oct. 26 (UPI) — A U.S. salvage expedition says it is close to finding the remains of Sir Francis Drake, the Elizabethan sailor and navigator, off the coast of Panama. Drake died at sea in 1596 of dysentery and his body, clad in a full suit of armor and sealed in a […]

Evidence Points To Dinosaur Migrations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Oct. 26 (UPI) — U.S. paleontologists say huge herds of dinosaurs in western North America may have made seasonal migrations from dry floodplains into the highlands. Henry Fricke of Colorado College says huge herds of plant-eating Camarasaurus, one of the most common species of sauropod, lived in Wyoming and Utah in the late […]

Pluto And Dwarf Planet Eris Called Twins

MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 26 (UPI) — The distant dwarf planet Eris is a virtual twin of Pluto, which was stripped of its planetary status when Eris was discovered in 2005, European astronomers say. Eris passed in front of a faint background star in November 2010 in an event called an occultation, which allowed observatories on […]

Obama Set To Kill Off Coal Industry?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — The proposed merger of two federal agencies managing public land and mining is part of a White House effort to wipe out the U.S. coal industry, a critic said. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called for the merger of the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining. […]

Republicans Baffled By Keystone XL Delay

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Republican leaders said they were baffled by a move to delay a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline while the president is blaming lawmakers for inaction. U.S. President Barack Obama is trumpeting his “We Can’t Wait” campaign to counter a legislative branch handicapped by partisan politicking. “Republicans agree, which […]

Student Project To Battle Malnutrition

BALTIMORE, Oct. 25 (UPI) — A group of U.S. undergraduate students say they’re using synthetic biology to enhance common yeast so it increases critical nutrients in baked bread. The Johns Hopkins University students say their modified yeast yields beta carotene, the orange substance that gives carrots their color, which turns into vitamin A when eaten. […]

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