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Pluto And Dwarf Planet Eris Called Twins

MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 26 (UPI) — The distant dwarf planet Eris is a virtual twin of Pluto, which was stripped of its planetary status when Eris was discovered in 2005, European astronomers say. Eris passed in front of a faint background star in November 2010 in an event called an occultation, which allowed observatories on […]

Obama Set To Kill Off Coal Industry?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — The proposed merger of two federal agencies managing public land and mining is part of a White House effort to wipe out the U.S. coal industry, a critic said. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called for the merger of the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining. […]

Republicans Baffled By Keystone XL Delay

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Republican leaders said they were baffled by a move to delay a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline while the president is blaming lawmakers for inaction. U.S. President Barack Obama is trumpeting his “We Can’t Wait” campaign to counter a legislative branch handicapped by partisan politicking. “Republicans agree, which […]

Student Project To Battle Malnutrition

BALTIMORE, Oct. 25 (UPI) — A group of U.S. undergraduate students say they’re using synthetic biology to enhance common yeast so it increases critical nutrients in baked bread. The Johns Hopkins University students say their modified yeast yields beta carotene, the orange substance that gives carrots their color, which turns into vitamin A when eaten. […]

New Map Shows U.S. Geothermal Resources

DALLAS, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Researchers say U.S. geothermal resources are capable of producing more than 3 million megawatts of power, 10 times that of today’s coal-fired power plants. A study by Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant from Google.org, suggests the country possesses vast reserves of this green energy source generated […]

China Plans Space Lab Docking

BEIJING, Oct. 26 (UPI) — China’s unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft will be launched early next month for the first docking with the country’s space lab module, scientists said Wednesday. The spacecraft will be launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, but the launch dates were not announced. […]

U.S. To Invest $60 Million On Solar Energy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced plans to invest $60 million during the next three years to advance concentrating solar power technology. “Our nation is in a global race to produce cost-competitive renewable energy that can create manufacturing jobs, cut our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions,” U.S. Energy […]

Scotland To Mine Gold, Silver

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 26 (UPI) — Scottish officials announced the approval of a gold and silver mine that’s expected to produce 20,000 ounces of gold and 80,000 ounces of silver. Australian mining company Scotgold Resources won permission to mine gold and silver from the authority governing the Loch Lomond national park, the Financial Times reports. […]

Economist Traces Flow Of Guns In U.S.

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 24 (UPI) — Gun traffickers exploit differences in state guns laws, with each state’s regulations having a spillover effect in neighboring states, a U.S. economist says. Brown University economist Brian Knight said gun-tracing data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows illegal firearms flowing from states with weak gun […]

New Insights Made In Old Supernova

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 24 (UPI) — A NASA space telescope has provided evidence why a supernova recorded by observers 2,000 years ago occurred and why it spread so far and fast, astronomers say. “This supernova remnant got really big, really fast,” Brian J. Williams, an astronomer at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, said of […]

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