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Chemicals Damaging Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Australian authorities say agricultural pesticides are causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef. The information was gleaned from a report on water quality at the site calling for farmers to be more careful with their chemicals, the BBC reported. The report said about 25 percent of horticulture producers and […]

NASA Moves Forward In Manned Spaceflight

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — NASA says it has created a new department, the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, to oversee manned spaceflight in the post-shuttle era. The department combines two previous arms of the space agency, the Space Operations Directorate and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. NASA is preparing for human missions to […]

Spaceraft Begins Survey Of Asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered the first of four planned science orbits during the craft’s year-long visit to the asteroid Vesta, the space agency said. Dawn started making detailed observations Thursday at 12:13 p.m. EDT, marking the official start of the first science-collecting orbit phase at Vesta, also known […]

Two Galaxies Caught On Collision Course

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 12 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers have released a dramatic image of two galaxies heading for a collision about 450 million light years from Earth. The image of the galaxies, in the constellation Bootes in the Northern Hemisphere, is a composition of optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope and X-ray data from […]

Shuttles Prepare For New Display Homes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — In a rare sight, two of NASA’s space shuttle orbiters were together as their decommissioning continued at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The retired shuttles Discovery and Endeavour presented a rare photo opportunity Thursday as they passed each other while swapping buildings in the ongoing process of being prepared […]

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Overnight

MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — The annual Perseid meteor shower, one of the most well-known and reliable meteor showers, will peak Friday night and into early Saturday, U.S. astronomers say. The Perseid shower is a yearly event as Earth passes through a stream of dust particles and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, SPACE.com reported. […]

Britain’s Hedgehogs Threatened

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Hedgehogs, once common across Britain, have suffered a dramatic decline and could disappear from the country within 15 years, a study says. A 25 percent decline in their numbers has left around a million hedgehogs in Britain and in some areas the decline has been closer to 50 percent, the […]

Scientists Isolate Bioenergy Gene

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Isolating a gene controlling ethanol production in a microorganism could provide scientists with a missing link for bioenergy, the U.S. Energy Department said. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center found the that controls its capacity to produce ethanol gene in the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum. Scientists use expensive […]

U.S. Wants Syrian Energy Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Washington wants to see its European partners put more pressure on the Syrian oil and natural gas sector with sanctions, the U.S. secretary of state said. International pressure is mounting on Syrian President Bashar Assad as bloodshed in the country continues. The U.N. Security Council stopped short of issuing a […]

Balance In Alaskan Energy And Environment?

JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Washington can find a way to tap into the energy potential in Alaska while protecting its pristine environment, a U.S. official said. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is visiting Alaska to review its environment and potential for oil and natural gas development. Salazar said during meetings with Alaskan representatives […]

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