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Statoil Announces ‘considerable’ Oil Find

STAVANGER, Norway, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Norwegian energy company Statoil and its national partners announced Monday they’ve made a “considerable” oil discovery in the North Sea. Statoil said preliminary estimates of the volume at a well in its Aldous Major field indicate there are at least 200 million barrels of oil equivalent in place. Statoil […]

Orange Goo An Alaskan Mystery

KIVALINA, Alaska, Aug. 7 (UPI) — A mysterious orange substance that washed up at Kivalina on Alaska’s northwest coast, has people scratching their heads trying to figure out what it is. The material started showing up on Kivalina’s shore last Wednesday night, KTUU-TV reported. Photos provided by City Administrator Janet Mitchell show the orange sheen […]

Dramatic Images Show Martian Water Cycle

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter show changes in the planet’s north pole as the martian summer begins, astronomers say. As the planet’s summer solstice approached, all the carbon dioxide ice that covers the area in winter and spring had gone, leaving just a bright cap of […]

‘Rock Rabbits’ Becoming A Pest In Israel

NAZARETH, Israel, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Hyraxes, sometimes knows as rock rabbits, are fuzzy, cute and, in Israel at least, becoming a serious pest in residential areas, scientists say. The animals have moved into neighborhoods of Galilee and have been destroying people’s gardens. “They’re coming into the villages and eating everything they can find,” University […]

Roman Settlement Found In Western Britain

EXETER, England, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The discovery of a Roman settlement in Devon in western Britain suggests Roman civilization extended farther than history books have it, archaeologists say. University of Exeter archaeologists have uncovered the largest Roman settlement ever found in Devon, a discovery they say could rewrite the history of the Romans in […]

‘Bendable’ Computer Developed In Canada

KINGSTON, Ontario, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Researchers in Canada say they’ve developed a paper-thin computer so flexible it can be rolled up and carried in a pocket. Computer scientists at Queens University in Ontario say their prototype computer utilizes a flexible, touch-screen display that is completely bendable, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. A university […]

Juno’s 5-year Trip To Jupiter Begins

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) — NASA’s Juno scientific mission to Jupiter launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida Friday, the space agency announced. Juno lifted off atop an Atlas V rocket at 12:25 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41, NASA said Originally scheduled for 11:34 a.m., the liftoff was accomplished within the 69-minute launch […]

U.S.: Decision By Year’s End On Keystone

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. government expects to make a decision on a permit for an extension to the Keystone pipeline from Canada by the end of the year, an official said. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to supplement its existing pipeline carrying tar sands oil from Alberta. The […]

Montana Breathes Easier After Oil Spill

HELENA, Mont., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Most of the more toxic components of oil from a July oil spill in the Yellowstone River have evaporated already, Montana’s governor said. Around 1,200 barrels of oil were released from Exxon Mobil’s Silvertip pipeline into the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont., in early July. Flood waters slowed cleanup […]

Polar Dinosaurs Not Different From Others

BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 4 (UPI) — Small dinosaurs that lived near the South Pole weren’t much different from dinosaurs that lived everywhere else on the planet, a U.S. researcher says. The finding may help explain why dinosaurs were so successful in the domination of Earth for almost 160 million years, Montana State University graduate student […]

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