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Japan To Reduce Reliance On Nuclear Power?

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) — Japan aims to reduce dependence on nuclear power, new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Tuesday in his first policy address to Parliament. Noda’s stance contrasts with that of his predecessor Naoto Kan, who called for Japan to end its reliance on nuclear energy after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami […]

Climate Effect On Hurricane Tracks Studied

MIAMI, Sept. 9 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say an analysis of more than 60 years of tropical storm data has yielded landfall threat patterns. Scientists at the University of Miami have found an intriguing relationship between hurricane tracks and climate variability, a university release reported Friday. In the analysis of Atlantic storm data recorded from […]

Maize Said Capable Of Adapting To Climate

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 9 (UPI) — Maize, an iconic product and Mexico’s staple food, can adapt to climate change without any need for genetically modified seeds, agricultural scientists say. Mexico has at least 59 species and 209 varieties of corn, experts said, and this large number suggests maize is well-equipped to deal with climate change. […]

Study: Our Reaction To Animals Hard-Wired

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’ve discovered that a certain area of the human brain is hard-wired by evolution to rapidly detect and respond to animals. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology and UCLA say neurons in the amygdala — an area of the brain responsible for processing emotional reactions […]

NASA Launches Twin Moon Orbiters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 10 (UPI) — A rocket carrying twin satellites that will orbit around the moon launched Saturday morning in Florida. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory or GRAIL spacecraft will study the lunar gravity field, scientists with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The solar-powered satellites are scheduled to reach lunar […]

Study Finds Men Inclined To Be Fathers

EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 10 (UPI) — A Northwestern University study shows that fathers, like mothers, are naturally inclined to take care of their children. The study, to be published Monday, found testosterone levels in men sharply decline when they become fathers, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The reduction of testosterone can steer males away from competing […]

Report: NASA Must Still Train Astronauts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — NASA needs to keep the training pipeline for its astronaut corps intact to stabilize the ranks of U.S. agency astronauts, a report by an expert panel says. Astronaut numbers are down from about 150 in the mid-1990s to about 60, with a number of them retiring as the space shuttle […]

BP Announces Major Find In U.S. Gulf

HOUSTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — BP in its renewed exploration in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico doubled the estimated reserve volume in its Mad Dog field, a drilling company said. BP announced it drilled an appraisal well at an untested part of the Mad Dog field in about 4,500 feet of water […]

Rain Expected In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 8 (UPI) — The drought gripping the Horn of Africa is expected to linger for the rest of the year, though rain is predicted for southern Somalia, the United Nations said. The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization said that southern Somalia, affected by drought-caused famine, may expect average to more-than-average rainfall the […]

Is Keystone XL A Scapegoat?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — A group of Nobel laureates urged U.S. President Barack Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline but supporters say pipelines already cross Keystone’s route. TransCanada wants to move oil from tar sands projects in Alberta, Canada, through its Keystone XL pipeline, which would extend to refineries along the southern coast […]

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