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TV airwaves may go to wireless carriers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) — A new U.S. law could result in fewer TV stations on the air in exchange for faster wireless data services for smartphones and tablet computers, officials say.

The law, attached to a payroll tax package signed by President…

Search for E.T. to go live on the Web

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29 (UPI) — The search for extraterrestrial life is about to go worldwide with a Web site intended to get the public involved in the hunt, officials said.

Announced at a technology conference in Los Angeles, the site Setilive.org wi…

Young stars show ‘growing pains’

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 29 (UPI) — Astronomers using a European space telescope say they’ve seen changes in young stars in the Orion nebula suggesting a turbulent journey to stellar adulthood.

Data from the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observ…

Biofuel goals could change U.S. farming

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 29 (UPI) — Meeting U.S. federal biofuel production targets could dramatically change a majority of the country’s agricultural landscape, researchers say.

A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology f…

Sumatran tigers need low-level vegetation

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 29 (UPI) — Sumatran tigers are threatened by human disturbances of natural habitats that turn forests into agricultural plantations, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the World Wildlife Fund say their study…

Extinct camel fossils unearthed in Panama

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 29 (UPI) — Paleontologists have named two extinct camel species from a fossil dig in Panama they say shed new light on the history of the tropics.

Researchers from the University of Florida said the two species of ancient cam…

T. rex said to have strongest bite ever

LIVERPOOL, England, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Tyrannosaurus rex had the most powerful bite of any creature that ever walked the Earth, say British scientists who studied the dinosaur’s skull structure.

While some scientists had believed the bite of the prehis…

Radon in U.S. classrooms a concern

NEW YORK, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Radioactive radon gas, a known carcinogenic, is in thousands of U.S. classrooms but many districts are doing nothing about it, NBC’s “Today” show reported.

Radon, released in the breakdown of soil and rock, can seep into bu…

East Africa hits it big in oil, gas boom

MAPUTO, Mozambique, Feb. 29 (UPI) — East Africa is emerging as the new hot zone for oil and natural gas exploration, with major discoveries by Anadarko of the United States and Italy’s Eni in the Indian Ocean off Mozambique and by Norway’s Statoil of…

Lugar: Keystone a national security issue

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Backing the entire Keystone XL pipeline from Canada would shield U.S. energy markets from a potential Iranian oil crisis, a U.S. lawmaker said.

Oil prices are near 9-month highs in part because of concerns over Iran. Tehr…

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