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Elon Musk, SpaceX Suing Federal Government For Opportunity To Launch Spy Satellites

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) — Elon Musk, the head of private space launch company SpaceX, told reporters his company is filing a protest against the contract procurement procedures of the Air Force via the Court of Federal Claims. Specifically, Musk wants the Air Force to renege its current multiyear deal with United Launch Alliance (ULA) […]

Rosneft, Exxon To Explore Russian Arctic

MOSCOW, April 28 (UPI) — Russian oil company Rosneft said it was moving ahead with a joint effort with Exxon Mobil to explore for hydrocarbons in the arctic waters of Russia. The board of directors said Monday they’d work to develop the Ust-Lensky reserve area in the northern Laptev Sea and the Severo-Vrangelevsky-1 in the […]

Kerosene Made From CO2 And Water

BRUSSELS, April 28 (UPI) — The European Commission said Monday a type of kerosene was manufactured in the laboratory using a process that involves solar power, carbon dioxide and water. The EU said its so-called Solar-Jet project uses concentrated simulated solar radiation as a power source to convert CO2 and water into a form of […]

Iran, Russia Discuss Electricity Deals

TEHRAN, April 28 (UPI) — Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said his government was hoping to work on modernizing the nation’s energy grid with help from Russia. Chitchian met Sunday in Tehran with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak to discuss upgrading Iran’s power plants and electrical transmission lines. “Iran and Russia enjoy long-time joint experiences […]

Beezin Trend, Putting Lip Balm On Eyelids For Natural High, Goes Viral

OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) — According to YouTube, Twitter and a few online news sites, “beezin” — the act of rubbing peppermint lip balm on one’s eyelids — is trending. Kids are apparently into beezin for the natural high it provides — at least according to local Oklahoma City news station WKRC, which reported that users […]

Entire State Of California In Drought, First Time In 15 Years

SACRAMENTO (UPI) — The entire State of California is suffering drought conditions, and in more than three-quarters of the State the drought is characterized as “extreme” or “exceptional” — as designated by the National Drought Mitigation Center. It’s the first time in 15 years that every portion of the State simultaneously suffered some level of […]

Archaeologists Open Coffin Of Swedish King Murdered In 1160

UPPSALA, Sweden (UPI) — Archaeologists have pried open the coffin of a Swedish king, believed to have been murdered in 1160. Inside, they found the remains of King Erik IX alongside a gilded copper crown outfitted with semi-precious stones. Also recovered was a small bag containing the king’s collarbone, which appears to have suffered a […]

In Animals, Bigger Brain Means More Self-Control

BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — If brain size dictates self-control, what does that say about America, the second most obese nation in the world? Unfortunately, scientists didn’t broach that topic. But they did undertake a series of experiments that suggests if squirrels had easy access to Big Macs and extra-large fries, they’d probably be even fatter […]

Ancient Plant Fragments Preserved By Meteorite Impact Glass

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (UPI) — Meteorites have the potential to cause widespread ecological damage. But a new study suggests that “impact glass” from an asteroid collision can also help preserve ecological history — trapping bits of organic material and offering geologists a snapshot of ancient plant life. A team of researchers at Brown University have located […]

Lyrid Meteor Shower Expected To Light Up Skies Late Monday Night, Early Tuesday Morning

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Lyrids, a meteor shower that arrive every year from April 16 to April 26, are expected to peak late tonight and into Tuesday morning. The meteors that splash into the Earth’s atmosphere and light up the night sky every spring are the debris trail left behind by Comet Thatcher — a […]

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