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U.S. Energy Use Subject Of Report

LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) — U.S. energy use went back up in 2010 compared with 2009, which hit a 12-year low in consumption, with most of the increase in fossil fuels, a report said. Electricity from renewable resources remained fairly constant with an increase in wind power offset by a modest decline in hydroelectricity, […]

BP Moves To Restoration Of U.S. Gulf

HOUSTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) — With more than $13.6 billion spent on cleanup operations, BP said it’s moving to restore the southern U.S. coast following Deepwater Horizon accident. British energy company BP said it received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard’s on-scene coordinator for its shoreline cleanup operation plan some 18 months after the Deepwater […]

Mixed Views On Economy, Energy

VIENNA, Nov. 10 (UPI) — The International Energy Agency predicted oil demand in 2012 would decline because of slow consumption levels in U.S. and Asian markets. The IEA, in its latest forecast, said demand was expected to be “weaker than expected.” The IEA said it trimmed its initial forecast by 20,000 barrels per day but […]

Virginia Trout Streams Come Back To Life

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 8 (UPI) — Trout streams in Virginia are showing encouraging signs of recovery from decades of acid rain, a long-term study by researchers found. “This is good news and real evidence for the value of our national investment in improving air quality,” said Rick Webb, a University of Virginia environmental scientist and […]

Image Shows Much-Battered Mars Volcano

PARIS, Nov. 8 (UPI) — The European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter has captured an image of a large extinct volcano that’s been battered and deformed over eons, the agency said. While huge by Earth standards at 5 miles high with a 95-mile diameter base, the Tharsis Tholus volcano is just an average-sized one on […]

Deadly Frog Fungus Identified

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) — A fungus decimating the world’s frog species comes in several forms and has probably been spread by global trade in amphibians, British researchers say. The Chytrid fungus is now found on every continent and the chytridiomycosis it causes has wiped out a number of species. An investigation led by researchers […]

New Elements Join The Periodic Table

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) — Chemistry students bent on memorizing the periodic table of elements have three new names to commit to memory, scientists meeting in Britain said. The General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, taking place at the Institute of Physics in London, approved the names of three new […]

Galaxies Could Yield Dark Matter Clues

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 8 (UPI) — Two newly discovered dwarf galaxies outside the Milky Way could help reveal the nature of dark matter, U.S. astronomers say. Researchers at the University of Michigan said the dwarf galaxies appear to be satellites of Andromeda, the closest spiral galaxy to Earth. The astronomers searched for dwarf galaxies […]

Spotted Horses Found In Paleolithic Era

BERLIN, Nov. 7 (UPI) — Genetic evidence suggests the spotted horses depicted in Paleolithic cave paintings were realistic depictions of horses at the time, a German researcher said. The paintings “The Dappled Horses of Pech-Merle” found on the walls of a cave in France depict horses with a pattern very similar to the pattern known […]

PG&E Record Under Scrutiny After Tests

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 8 (UPI) — While pressure testing of gas pipelines in California found defects, it’s troubling the pipelines are rupturing with such great frequency, a lawmaker said. Officials at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said they suspected existing damage to a gas pipeline near Woodside, Calif., likely was to blame for a rupture […]

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