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Study: Tool Use Came Earlier Than Thought

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Our early ancestors, Homo erectus, were shaping stone axes in Africa 1.8 million years ago, 300,000 years earlier than previously thought, U.S. researchers say. Homo erectus appeared about 2 million years ago and lived until hitting a possible evolutionary dead-end about 70,000 years ago. Some researchers think Homo erectus […]

Distant Star May Be Oldest Ever Seen

MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 31 (UPI) — European astronomers say they’ve discovered a faint ancient star in the constellation Leo that, given its elemental makeup, “shouldn’t exist.” The star has been found to have the lowest amount of elements heavier than helium of any star yet studied, a mass smaller than that of the sun, and […]

Canadian Oil A Better Option, Chu Says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Regardless of the type of oil, having Canada as a main oil supplier to the United States is much better for energy security, the U.S. energy secretary said. U.S. celebrities, scientists and executives at leading environmental advocacy groups are among the growing number of critics of the planned Keystone XL […]

New Mexico Has New Solar Options

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A solar power facility in New Mexico has started churning out renewable energy for thousands of homes, an energy company announced. NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., announced its 20-megawatt Roadrunner facility near the New Mexico border with Texas is now operating at full capacity. The facility […]

U.S. Sinks $12 Million Into Biofuels

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced it was doling out $12 million to support biofuels projects that will work to replace conventional gasoline. Three small-scale projects in Illinois, North Carolina and Wisconsin get federal funding to help commercialize a process that uses heat and other catalysts to convert biomass into […]

Kittens Tossed From Moving Vehicle In Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Portland, Ore., police offered a reward for information on a motorist who allegedly threw three live kittens from a moving gold minivan Thursday. One of the kittens had to be euthanized after it was picked up by a witness, police said in a written statement announcing a $1,000 reward […]

Postal Mailboxes Vanishing From U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The number of U.S. Postal Service boxes on the streets has dropped by more than half since 2000, officials say. The major reason is the growth of electronic financial services and e-mail, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Postal service spokeswoman Sue Brennan said the volume of mail has dropped […]

Obama Green Energy Gem Tanks Two Years After Taxpayer Prop

In March 2009, the Administration of Barack Obama bypassed regular procedures designed to protect taxpayers to guarantee funding to a politically connected green energy company through a Department of Energy lending program. On Wednesday, the company announced that it must now suspend operations and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to green energy market conditions.

Justice Department Cracks Down On Free Speech Regarding Free Choice

Abortion advocates have championed President Barack Obama’s Justice Department for using a 1994 law — the Freedom of Access to Clinics Law (FACE) — to ramp up civil lawsuits against protestors outside abortion clinics.

Bachmann Ignores New Hampshire

Following Michele Bachmann’s Ames Straw Poll victory in Iowa last month, many of the candidate’s New Hampshire supporters are asking: Where is she? Politico reported on Thursday that Bachmann’s campaign has put very little effort in campaigning in the Nation’s first Presidential primary state.

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