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API Sees Lower Gasoline Demand

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) — A struggling U.S. economy is reflected in lower demand for gasoline, which fell by 2 percent compared with 2010, the API said. The global economy continues to limp along as it struggles to emerge from recession. The International Council of Shipping Centers said in a recent report that the “retail […]

Obesity Slows Fat ‘Turnover’ In The Body

LIVERMORE, Calif., Sept. 26 (UPI) — Obese people have trouble losing weight because their “turnover” rate of fat storage and loss is slower than for average weight people, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, writing in the journal Nature, report the turnover rate of fat is on average 1 1/2 years […]

Publication Offers Tree-Planting Tips

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 26 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say that while spring is the traditional planting season it’s not the only season for trees, many of which do better planted in the fall. Researches at Purdue University have released a publication, available free online, meant to provide home owners and arborists with complete information […]

U.S. Women In Science To Get Support

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. National Science Foundation says it’s embarking on a 10-year plan to provide greater work-related flexibility to women in research careers. Among the practices to be inaugurated are moves to allow researchers to delay or suspend their research grants for as long as one year so they can care […]

GOP: Environmental Rules Are Job Killers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) — Republican lawmakers took another swipe at President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations by blaming coal mining rules for dimming employment prospects. Regulations for the coal industry are designed to reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions in 27 states. Those pollutants account for high levels of smog and soot. U.S. Rep. […]

Obama Blocking 2010 Gulf Spill Probe?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama is throwing up obstacles to a review of the final report into last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Republican critic said. An oversight hearing at the House Natural Resource Committee was delayed to Oct. 6. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of […]

Exoskeleton Helping Stroke Victims Move

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Scientists and engineers in the Netherlands say their prototype “robot legs” could improve the movement and walking of stoke victims. Developed by researchers at the University of Twente in Enschede, the lower-extremity powered exoskeleton, dubbed LOPES, aims to train a patient’s body and mind to recover a more natural […]

NASA Says UARS Satellite May Hit North America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) — NASA says a falling satellite is slowing its approach to the upper atmosphere and should plunge back toward Earth late Friday or early Saturday. Reversing itself on earlier estimates that the satellite would not be passing over North America during its re-entry, NASA now says “there is a low probability […]

Russia To Launch Earth-Scanning Satellite

MOSCOW, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Russia says its first Earth remote sensing satellite, intended to provide radar imagery and terrain mapping in real-time, may be launched in January 2012. “We are developing Kondor and Arkon [satellites],” Anatoly Shilov, deputy head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, told RIA Novosti. “Arkon is a distant future, but […]

Weather Good For Insects This Year In Florida

TITUSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) — An unusually warm wet summer has led to an abundance of cockroaches, palmetto bugs, ants and other insects on Florida’s Space Coast, experts say. Other factors may be contributing to the bug explosion in Brevard County, Florida Today reported Thursday. Those include a rise in insects resistant to the […]

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