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Don’t Talk Oil With Cuba, Lawmaker Warns

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Washington is sending the wrong message by having a delegation in Cuba review the country’s plans to drill offshore for oil and natural gas, a lawmaker said. A delegation led by William Reilly, a top official at the National Oil Spill Commission, left Monday for Cuba to examine Havana’s oil […]

U.S. Sinks Millions Into Hydropower

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Washington announced it was investing almost $17 million into 16 projects over the next three years to develop better hydropower technology. U.S. President Barack Obama set a goal of getting 80 percent of the nation’s energy needs met by clean energy sources by 2035. The U.S. Departments of Energy and […]

Cranes Latest Potential Victim Of Keystone

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Critics of the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to carry heavy Alberta crude to Texas refineries added the whooping crane to their list of reasons for opposition. Hundreds of people have been arrested during sit-ins in front of the White House while voicing opposition to TransCanada’s plans to build its Keystone […]

Al Gore Pushes Climate Message Harder

NASHVILLE, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Former Vice President Al Gore says his message on climate change is more urgent than ever and has set up a small studio in Tennessee to broadcast his message. From a new office space in a Green Hills building certified for its advanced energy-efficiency features, Gore has taken to denouncing […]

Study: Culture Affects Emotion Perception

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 1 (UPI) — People in different cultures perceive emotional facial expressions in unique ways, which can lead to cross-cultural misunderstandings, a Scottish study says. The study, published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology, challenges prior research that suggested facial expressions are a hard-wired human behavior with evolutionary origins that […]

Strategy For Farming Vs. Wildlife Studied

CAMBRIDGE, England, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Separating habitats from farmland could save species more effectively than trying to grow crops and conserve nature on the same land, British researchers say. The separation may be the best way to meet increased food demand with the least impact on wild species, researchers at the University of Cambridge […]

Tomb May Be That Of Stonehenge Builders

LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — British archaeologists say a tomb found at a quarry in Wales could be that of some of the original builders of Stonehenge. Researchers say the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of Stonehenge were quarried in about 2300 […]

Satellites Observed U.S. Heat Spell

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 1 (UPI) — As much of the United States sweated through a record-breaking humid heat wave during July, satellites recorded the unusual weather from above, NASA said. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on the Aqua satellite launched in 2002 recorded highly accurate data about the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere […]

Threat Of Orbiting Space ‘Junk’ Studied

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — A problem of space debris orbiting Earth, and potentially threatening astronauts and satellites, has inspired various schemes to deal with it, officials said. They range from a $1 billion U.S. Air Force so-called space fence radar tracking system, to a proposed European Space Agency spacecraft that would spray loose rockets […]

Study: Tool Use Came Earlier Than Thought

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Our early ancestors, Homo erectus, were shaping stone axes in Africa 1.8 million years ago, 300,000 years earlier than previously thought, U.S. researchers say. Homo erectus appeared about 2 million years ago and lived until hitting a possible evolutionary dead-end about 70,000 years ago. Some researchers think Homo erectus […]

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