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Alaskan Rocks Shielding Still-Fresh Oil From 1989 Valdez Exxon Spill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) — Twenty-three years after the Exxon Valdez spill, hidden pockets of surprisingly unchanged oil are found on Alaska beaches far from the incident, scientists say. The rocky coastlines in the Shelikof Strait, hundreds of miles southwest of the 1989 spill, contain small remnants of oil which appear to be protected by a […]

NASA Announces Planetary Bonanza, Discovery Of 715 New Worlds

WASHINGTON (UPI) — NASA says its Kepler space telescope has delivered another bonanza of distant planets, finding 715 new worlds orbiting 305 distant stars. Many of the discoveries are of multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system, the space agency said Wednesday. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, a significant […]

Conservationists Call For Weed Killer Reduction To Protect Butterflies

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Conservationists say they want tougher rules limiting the use of a common weed killer to save America’s dwindling population of monarch butterflies. The Natural Resources Defense Council, in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency, said current levels of use of glyphosate — first marketed under the brand name Roundup — are […]

U.S. Study: ‘Baby Media Products’ Can’t Teach Infants To Read

NEW YORK (UPI) — Using DVDs and other media are an ineffective way for parents to instill reading skills in their babies, New York University researchers say. While many parents have turned to so-called baby media products in the belief it can give their infants a head start in reading, such products are ineffective, education […]

Canadian Ocean Institute Tracking Fukushima Radiation In Pacific

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (UPI) — The scale of the radioactive water plume from the Fukushima disaster on the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months, researchers say. While only small traces of pollution from the Japanese power plant damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami have so far been […]

New Technique Detects Atmospheric Water On Distant Planet

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (UPI) — Astronomers at Penn State University have reported detecting water in the atmosphere of a planet as massive as Jupiter orbiting the nearby star tau Bootis. The technique that found atmospheric water on the planet outside our solar system could help find planets like Earth throughout the universe, they said. “Planets […]

Aerogel May Offer Greener Cleaning For Oil And Chemical Spills

MADISON, Wis. (UPI) — Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison say they’ve developed an aerogel that could improve oil spill and chemical cleanups. Aerogels, highly porous materials, are already in use in a number of applications such as insulation and aerospace materials. In her university lab, Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong and colleagues have created an aerogel […]

U.S.-Canada Water Talks Make KXL ‘look Silly’

EDMONTON, Alberta (UPI) — Debates over Canadian oil pipelines are going to “look silly” compared with future U.S-Canadian discussions over water, the Canadian envoy to Washington said. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year visited Washington make his case for the Keystone XL oil pipeline planned from Alberta oil fields. TransCanada’s planned pipeline has been […]

North Dakota Backs Natural Gas For Energy Security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Natural gas is a vital component of a diversification strategy that can enhance North American energy security, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. New advances in drilling technology have helped make North Dakota a leader in terms of oil production in the United States. Natural gas associated with oil is […]

GOP Upbeat On Keystone XL Pipeline Prospects

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Republican governors said they had assurances from President Barack Obama a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada will be made by the summer. Obama met Monday with representatives from the Republican Governors Association behind closed doors at the White House. The state leaders said Obama gave them an […]


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