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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 […]

Study: Rainwater Vital In Urban Planning

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Rainwater collection should be considered in urban planning since it can water gardens, wash floors or vehicles and fill cisterns, Spanish researchers say. “It is important to consider the collection of rainwater when planning and designing cities, as this is an alternative water source with many different uses; it […]

Nebraska To Review Keystone XL Options

LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 25 (UPI) — Nebraska’s governor announced he was calling legislators in for a special session to review options for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada aims to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from tar sands projects in Alberta province to refineries along the southern […]

Company To Unveil ‘Smart’ Home Thermostat

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) — A former Apple executive says he’s moved on from smartphones and computers and set his sights on the next digital challenge — the humble home thermostat. “We’ve built the world’s first learning thermostat — a thermostat for the iPhone generation,” Tony Fadell said of the effort of his […]

Mineral Could Yield Clues To Martian Water

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 21 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say a mineral found on the surface of Mars can give clues as to when, and under what circumstances, water was present on the planet. Researchers at Syracuse say the mineral jarosite — found in rocks analyzed by the Mars rover Opportunity — can only form in […]

Two New Star Clusters Seen In Milky Way

MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 21 (UPI) — European astronomers say they’ve discovered two new globular star clusters near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery of a new globular cluster in the Milky Way is rare. The last one was discovered in 2010, and only 158 globular clusters were known in the galaxy before […]

Planets May Be Forming Around Distant Star

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 21 (UPI) — A new image of spiral arms in the gas and dust around a sun-like star may provide clues to the presence of embedded but as-yet-unseen planets, NASA says. Two spiral arms have been observed emerging from the gas-rich disk around SAO 206462, a young star in the constellation Lupus, […]

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