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‘Smart Collars’ Will Track Wildlife

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say “smart collars” will enable people to learn how animals live their lives and possibly transform how wild populations are managed. The collars will use a combination of global positioning technology and accelerometers for recording an animal’s actions as it leaps, runs or is sleeping, The […]

New Energy Standard For Fridges Announced

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday new efficiency standards for refrigerators it says will cut the energy use of most new models by 25 percent. A typical refrigerator in 2014 will use about one-fifth as much electricity as one from the mid-1970s, the department said in a release Friday. […]

Contact With Lockerbie Bomber Confirmed

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — The Scottish government said the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 is dying and the matter should be left there. Lockerbie bomber and former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from prison by Scottish officials in August 2009 on compassionate grounds because […]

Mixed Views To EPA Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — New rules governing air pollution from coal plants in the United States will have to develop gradually, an analyst said amid concerns of economic calamity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules meant to reduce industrial pollution tied to coal-fired power plants. Cross-state air pollution rules that deal with the […]

Oil Pipeline Divisive Issue In U.S.

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 29 (UPI) — The route for a pipeline carrying oil from tar sands projects in Alberta, Canada, doesn’t seem like a good idea for Nebraska, a federal lawmaker said. The U.S. State Department cleared a major obstacle for TransCanada’s plans to extend a pipeline network that would carry heavy crude oil to […]

Space Station May Be Temporarily Abandoned

HOUSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Astronauts may have to temporarily abandon the International Space Station after the crash of a Russian supply rocket, officials said. The Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress 44 supply ship, expected to deliver 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting lab’s six-man crew, crashed in eastern Russia after a booster rocket […]

Centuries-Old Viking Girl To Get Face

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A girl who lived 1,200 years ago in a Viking settlement in Sweden is about to get a face, scientists say. Researchers at Stockholm’s Historical Museum say reconstructing the face of a skeleton in the museum’s collection will allow visitors to meet a person from Sweden’s Viking Age. The […]

Modern Humans Carry DNA Of Ancient Cousins

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Human interbreeding with our ancient evolutionary cousins endowed the human gene pool with beneficial versions of immune system genes, U.S. researchers say. Scientist at Stanford University say interbreeding of humans with Neanderthals and another close relative, the recently discovered Denisovans, had a positive effect on modern human fitness […]

Drop In Malaria In Africa Raises Questions

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The incidence of malaria in many African countries south of the Sahara is falling rapidly but Danish and Tanzanian researchers say they don’t know why. The mosquito carrying the malaria parasite has practically disappeared from many villages without organized mosquito control, but it is not known whether malaria is […]

Astronomers Discover ‘Diamond’ Planet

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Australian astronomers say a planet seen orbiting a distant pulsar is likely composed mostly of crystalline carbon — making it, in effect, a diamond planet. Pulsars are small spinning stars that emit a beam of radio waves in pulses toward Earth. Astronomers in Australia and at the University of […]

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