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U.S. Funds Biomass Plant In Kansas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A biomass plant getting federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy highlights Washington’s commitment to clean energy, an official said. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC was getting a $133.9 million loan guarantee to support a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. The facility would use […]

U.S. Senator Leaks Energy Trades

MONTPELIER, Vt., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Reactions were mixed to actions by a U.S. senator who revealed sensitive oil and natural gas trading activity in an attempt to dampen the impact of speculation. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., last week posted trading positions in oil and natural gas on his Web site to put pressure […]

Fossil Find May Be Earth’s Earliest Life

OXFORD, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Scientists say fossil microbes found in rocks in Western Australia may be the oldest direct evidence of life on Earth, from 3.4 billion years ago. Researchers said the microbes existed at a time of extreme conditions on Earth, with temperatures in the oceans between 100 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit […]

Google Sends Street View Down The Amazon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Google says it is sending its Street View cameras down the Amazon River to capture images of  “some of the most remote and biodiverse areas in the world.” The project is a cooperative effort between Google and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, a non-profit conservation organization that invited Google […]

Hadron Collider’s Higgs Boson Search Not Conclusive

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, say hints of the discovery of the long-sought Higgs Boson particle have not panned out. Last month CERN scientists reported what looked like glimpses of the elusive particle, sending waves of excitement through the global physics community. But a re-analysis, […]

Canadian Girl, 3, Killed By Dogs

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Two dogs attacked and killed a 3-year-old Canadian girl, authorities said. The fatal mauling took place Sunday evening on the Mosquito First Nation south of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the unidentified child encountered the dogs when she wandered […]

Pirate In Quest Case Gets Life

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 22 (UPI) — A Somali pirate convicted for his role in the deaths of two American couples was sentenced Monday in Norfolk, Va., to life in federal prison. Ali Abdi Mohamed is the first pirate in the Quest yacht case to be sentenced, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. A second defendant also was […]

Segway Owner Leaves $600 Million To Wife

LEEDS, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The late owner of Segway scooters left more than $600 million to his wife and family, attorneys for his estate in the United Kingdom said. Jimi Heselden, 62, died when he accidentally drove one of the computerized two-wheeled people movers over a cliff and into the River Wharfe last […]

Pawnshops See Weird On The Rise

DETROIT, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Pawn shop owners in Michigan say that tough times brings out stranger items that customers want to sell. “With people being so desperate, they bring in anything hoping to get something,” said Rick Green, manager of Highland Park pawn shop Aaron’s Jewelry and Loan Inc. “People are desperate,” echoed Susie […]

Obama Says Gadhafi Regime Ending

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 22 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that while the situation in Libya was “still very fluid,” Moammar Gadhafi’s regime “is coming to an end.” Speaking at a podium on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts where he and his family are vacationing, Obama said he had conferred by phone with […]

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