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Spaceship Factory Opens In California

MOJAVE, Calif., Sept. 20 (UPI) — A civilian space company has completed the first commercial spacecraft factory at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, company officials said. Spaceship Co., a joint venture of Scaled Composites and British billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, says it plans to begin building spacecraft in […]

Endangered Iguanas Born At California Zoo

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) — A campaign to save the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana is having success at the San Diego Zoo, where nine hatchlings have been born, zoo officials said. The zoo, part of an international campaign to save the critically endangered iguana, normally sees only three or four hatchlings a year, […]

Report On Joplin Tornado Released

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) — The devastating May 22 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., offers important lessons for disaster preparedness and ways to reduce death tolls, U.S. officials say. A final assessment report by the National Weather Service identifies the best practices and makes recommendations to help save more lives during future violent tornadoes — […]

OPEC Chief Explains Recent Moves

VIENNA, Sept. 21 (UPI) — A contentious OPEC meeting in Vienna this summer came as the result of tough economic times and lingering uncertainty, the cartel’s chief said. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at their regular meeting in June kept official oil production quotas set in 2008 in place despite dour […]

House Furious Over Solyndra’s Silence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) — House Republicans expressed concern over U.S. Energy Department loans for clean energy programs, saying the scandal over Solyndra is reason for caution. Republican lawmakers said they are concerned about the expected $9 billion in loan guarantees from the Energy Department given the recent bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra, once […]

Large Satellite To Fall To Earth

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) — A large satellite as big as a bus will fall to Earth this week but NASA scientists say they aren’t sure which day or where it will hit. NASA says the 12-500-pound Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will probably fall to Earth Friday but it could be Thursday or Saturday. The […]

Dinosaur Killer Suspect ‘Not Guilty’

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Data from a space telescope suggest the family of asteroids thought to have caused the death of the dinosaurs is probably not the culprit, U.S. astronomers say. Previous theories held the asteroid that crashed into Earth 65 million years ago and led to the demise of dinosaurs came from the […]

Leeches Help Save Woman’s Face

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 20 (UPI) — Hundreds of leeches were applied to a woman’s face to treat a large wound inflicted by her own dog, doctors in Sweden said. The woman was rushed to a hospital after the dog unexpectedly attacked her, ripping off a large piece of her face from her upper lip to […]

Astronauts Reporting Vision Problems

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) — Astronauts who’ve spent long periods in space have experienced blurred vision, a problem that could jeopardize long missions like a trip to Mars, NASA says. In a NASA survey of about 300 astronauts, 30 percent who have flown on two-week space shuttle missions and 60 percent who’ve spent six […]

Woman With Two Wombs Delivers Twins

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) — A Florida mother with the rare medical condition of possessing two uteruses has given birth to fraternal twins, one from each womb, doctors said. Her rare condition, called uterus didelphys, can lead to infertility, but Andreea Barbosa of Clearwater defied the odds and simultaneously conceived a boy and a […]

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