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U.S. Energy Groups Review Pipeline Safety

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Industry leaders in the U.S. energy sector said they were creating leadership teams aimed at improving the safety record of oil and natural gas pipelines. The American Petroleum Institute and the Association of Oil Pipelines announced they developed teams to examine ways to reduce hazards associated with pipeline accidents. The […]

Exxon Mobil Battles Over Gulf Oil Field

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) —  Exxon Mobil Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government to reverse an Interior Department decision to cancel offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Exxon Mobil, which has headquarters in Texas, is suing to retain three leases on drilling rights in what it calls the […]

Chinese Astronomers Describe Asteroid Plan

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Chinese scientists say they have a plan to save the Earth from a possible collision with an asteroid that could take place in 2036. A group of Chinese astronomers headed by Shengping Gong of Tsinghua University in Beijing have proposed using a spacecraft with a solar sail to prevent the […]

IBM Develops ‘Reasoning’ Computer Chip

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 19 (UPI) — IBM says it has created a computer chip that can mimic the human brain in its ability to learn through experiencing its surroundings. The company said Thursday the experimental chip will let a new generation of computers, called “cognitive computers,” understand their surroundings and act on things that happen […]

Medicare Advantage: Seniors Overwhelmed

BOSTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The large number of complex insurance choices offered by Medicare Advantage programs may overwhelm many U.S. seniors, researchers say. J. Michael McWilliams of the Harvard Medical School, a practicing general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 initiated a series of payment increases to […]

Students Lack 30 Produce Servings Per Week

CORVALLIS, Ore., Aug. 18 (UPI) — U.S. college students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, and many don’t eat any produce daily, researchers say. Study author Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sport science at Oregon State University, and colleagues surveyed the eating habits of 582 college students and found students were not “striving […]

Legionnaires’ Disease, Pontiac Fever Up

ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The number of legionellosis cases reported each year more than tripled from 2000 to 2009 from 1,110 cases to 3,522 cases, U.S. health officials report. Legionellosis refers to Legionnaires’ disease, also known as “Legion Fever,” which is the more severe form of the infection and produces pneumonia and Pontiac fever, […]

Milk Better Than H2O For Child Dehydration

HAMILTON, Ontario, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Milk is a more effective way of countering dehydration in children than a sports drink or water, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario say. Principal investigator Brian Timmons, research director of the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster University, says milk replaces sodium lost in sweat and […]

Prunes Exceptional In Preventing Fractures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Dried plums, or prunes, improve bone health in people of all ages, but may be most helpful for post-menopausal women, U.S. researchers say. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University and colleagues at Oklahoma State University tested two groups of post-menopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group, […]

Troubled U.K. Faces Debt ‘triple Whammy’

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Britain faces a “triple whammy” of sagging business confidence, inflation and unemployment that will deepen the debt burden, analyst said. Debt solutions expert Atlantic Financial Management said the latest British data reinforced the gloomy outlook because of increased state benefit handouts to those without jobs, an inflationary spiral and continued […]

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