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Grass Carp Threaten Great Lakes

As many as 45 grass carp were caught in the Great Lakes between 2007 and 2012, a new study finds. Grass carp, a plant-eating species of the invasive Asian carp family, have also been found spawning in Lake Erie and its many tributaries. The study was published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic […]

Heat From Volcanoes Helped Ancient Plants And Animals Survive Past Ice Ages

CANBERRA, Australia (UPI) — During past ice ages, when glaciers blanketed much of the globe, the steam and heat from active volcanoes helped sustain life. A new study, led by a team of researchers from Australia, analyzed the concentration of Antarctic plant and animal species in relation to volcanoes. In studying the thousands of records, […]

Are You Smarter Than A Preschooler? New Research Suggests Not!

BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — Ever wish things were just simpler? Preschoolers generally don’t. In their minds, things are already simple. Whereas adults overcomplicate, kids keep it elementary. Now, scientists say a preschooler’s way of thinking — having more flexible and less biased ideas about cause and effect — can help them outperform adults in figuring […]

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Libyan Oil Seizure

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Reports that illicit shipments of oil were taken from the Libyan port of As-Sidra are deeply concerning, the U.S. State Department said. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan threatened to use force against a North Korean-flagged ship, Morning Glory, that’s been docked at the rebel-held port since last week. The U.S. government said […]

Are You Smarter Than A Preschooler? New Research Suggests Not!

BERKELEY, Calif., (UPI) — Ever wish things were just simpler? Preschoolers generally don’t. In their minds, things are already simple. Whereas adults overcomplicate, kids keep it elementary. Now, scientists say a preschooler’s way of thinking — having more flexible and less biased ideas about cause and effect — can help them outperform adults in figuring […]

Rare Mimic Octopus Captured In Thailand

PHUKET, Thailand (UPI) — After capturing a mimic octopus in the Gulf of Thailand, scientists have gotten an up-close and personal appreciation of the physical attributes that enable the species’ unique talents of deception. Previously observed in the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, it’s the first capture of a mimic octopus in Thai […]

Ice Coverage On Great Lakes Reaches 91 Percent

OTTAWA (UPI) — Ice coverage on the Great Lakes has reached 91 percent, which may cause Canada to have a cool and dry summer, scientists say. This year has seen the second largest amount of ice cover ever recorded on the Great Lakes after 1973, when ice cover reached 93.9 percent, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. […]

Obama’s Budget Proposal Draws Mixed Review From Energy Circles

WASHINGTON (UPI) — While President Obama’s 2015 budget request includes $169 million in new funding for offshore energy, the oil industry said there was nothing new in the deal. President Obama released his budget proposal Tuesday that seeks $3.9 trillion in spending. Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said $169 million […]

Ukraine To Face Consequences For Unpaid Gas Debt

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Ukraine there would be “adverse consequences” should it not settle its outstanding gas debt. “[Anyone] who fails to pay for the supplied goods should be aware that it is fraught with adverse consequences, including those related to the revocation of previously reached agreements on beneficial terms […]

Ukraine’s Gas Debt Is ‘Huge,’ Gazprom Says

MOSCOW (UPI) — The gas debt incurred by Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz is “huge,” a spokesman for Russian energy company Gazprom said. Gazprom said a natural gas discount secured by the Ukrainian government in December may be canceled because of the $1.55 billion debt incurred by Naftogaz. “What is owed is huge, not just for […]

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