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Sri Lanka Completes Elephant Count

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Sri Lanka says it has completed the first nationwide survey of its elephant population, intended to increase protection of the animals and their habitat. The results of the survey in which 3.500 people counted the pachyderms from watchtowers near 1,500 watering holes and lakes will be released in […]

Scientists Say Earth Not Getting Fatter

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A NASA-led research team says it’s laid to rest a recurrent rumor that Earth has a weight problem, reporting that the planet is not getting fatter after all. Scientists have long speculated that the solid Earth might be expanding or contracting, proposing various theories to back up their contention […]

U.S. Launches Biofuels Initiative

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — National and energy security depend on access to commercially available biofuels, Washington said in unveiling a $510 million private-sector initiative. The U.S. departments of Energy, Agriculture and Navy announced plans to invest up to $510 million during the next three years in partnerships with the private sector. This plan would […]

Maine Wind Farm Gets Federal Support

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced it was supporting a 22-turbine wind farm in Maine that could generate more than 50 megawatts of power. The Record Hill wind power project will feature 22 turbines that would feed energy into Maine’s utility company Central Maine Power. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said […]

Glass Memory Can Hold Data For Centuries

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Aug. 15 (UPI) — British researchers say using lasers to rearrange atoms in glass creates computer memory far more stable and resilient than current types of hard-drive memory. Scientists at Southampton University say the glass memory can withstand temperatures of as much as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, is unaffected by water and can last […]

Lake Erie Watersnake Off Protected List

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it has removed the Lake Erie watersnake from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife. The harmless species, found on offshore islands in western Lake Erie in Ohio and Ontario, is the 23rd species to be de-listed after recovery and conservation […]

Study Says U.S. First Home Of Sunflowers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Aug. 15 (UPI) — U.S. biologists say they’ve proven the modern sunflower was domesticated in the Unites States, not in Mexico as some scientists had believed. “Our results affirm that the eastern United States was an independent center of plant domestication and that all known living cultivated sunflowers shared a common origin there,” […]

Study: Pathogens In Produce Resist Washing

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Aug. 15 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a study showing E. coli and salmonella can live inside plant tissues means washing the outside of produce may not be enough to remove them. Scientists at Purdue University say E. collie was found in the tissues of mung bean sprouts and salmonella in peanut […]

China’s Appetite For Oil Imports Increases

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) — China’s dependence on imported oil grew to 55.2 percent in the first five months of this year up from 55 percent last year, reports state-run news agency Xinhua, citing figures from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In 2009, however, China’s dependence on imported oil rose to 33 percent. […]

Gasoline Leak Reported In Missouri River

ONAWA, Iowa, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Water raging through the Missouri River might have unearthed part of a pipeline that leaked gasoline into the river, a spokesman for Enterprise Products said. Enterprise Products reported a pipeline ruptured somewhere between Decatur, Neb., and Onawa, Iowa, KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa, reports. Enterprise said it wasn’t certain […]


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