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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 […]

Mixed Reaction To New Jersey Fracking Move

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 26 (UPI) — State petroleum groups applauded a New Jersey move on shale gas but environmental groups said continued fracking would send the wrong message. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed legislation that would have permanently banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. He ordered state officials to begin the […]

Don’t Mess With Texas, State Tells EPA

HOUSTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Energy officials in Texas said they were challenging cross-state air pollution rules spelled out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates surface mining of coal, called on the state’s attorney general to challenge the EPA’s pollution rules. Texas is one of 27 states required under […]

U.S. House Wants More Oil Shale Options

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Washington is throwing up roadblocks to the development of oil shale, which could meet domestic demands for the next 200 years, a lawmaker said. U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., charged U.S. President Barack Obama has repeatedly gotten in the way of oil shale development in the country. The World Energy […]

Sea Turtle Released To The Wild Found Dead

PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) — A sea turtle released from a Florida marine life center after being treated for injuries from a boat propeller has been found dead, officials said. The 170-pound green sea turtle, dubbed Andre, was found injured in June 2010 south of the Juno Beach Pier and was treated for […]

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