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Texas energy sector okay after Harvey, Fed survey finds

Texas energy sector okay after Harvey, Fed survey finds

Business
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Respondents to a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Hurricane Harvey should have only a modest, but lingering, impact on the energy sector.Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of Texas and the largest density of refineries on the southern Gulf Coast in late August. By now, all of the refineries are back in service, though eight are still operating at reduced capacity. Around 15 percent of total U.S. refining capacity was impacted by the storm at the peak.About half of the respondents from 143 energy companies to a survey from the Dallas Fed said they expected minor impacts on their business activity from Harvey."Respondents reported widespread but generally limited impacts on their operations due to Hurricane Harvey, and most believe these effects will...
Study finds wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

Study finds wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

Science
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists from the Wolf Science Center of the Vetmeduni Vienna have shown that wolves understand the connection between cause and effect better than dogs.The study, published today in Scientific Reports, found that domesticated dogs could not make the connection between cause and effect when tested with an object that contained food made noise when shaken, but wolves could.Researchers tested whether wolves and dogs can make use of communicative cues, such as direct eye contact and pointing gestures to choose a correct object, and if the animals had to rely on behavioral cues where they were only shown the location of a hidden food through the researcher's behavior without making eye contact with the animals.The animals were also tested to make inferences about the locati...
Study finds molecules move faster near sticky surfaces

Study finds molecules move faster near sticky surfaces

Science
Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Scientists at the Universite libre de Bruxelles in Belgium have discovered that molecules move faster the closer they get to adhesive surfaces.The study, published Thursday in Physical Review Letters, found that although molecules move faster near adhesive surfaces, the effect does not last forever.Over the last 20 years, researchers have studied the behavior of certain polymers, biomolecules and liquid crystals at the nano-scale near an absorbing medium.The new study shows molecules move faster as they get closer to an adhesive surface due to a phenomenon called the nanoconfinement effect -- molecules in direct contact with an adhesive surface move slower or not at all, which increases the movement of the next molecules because there is more space around them.Researchers ...
High school popularity may not lead to happiness, study finds

High school popularity may not lead to happiness, study finds

Health
Although high school students may think popularity is of the utmost importance, a new study found that it may not lead to long-term happiness. What mattered more, according to the study published in the journal Child Development, is whether the teens had close friendships they maintained over time. "Youth with higher levels of attachment to their best friends appear to have better psychological health, psychosocial adjustment, and even a more adaptive stress response during adolescence," the study authors said. "In general, adolescents with high-quality close friendships report higher rates of overall happiness than those without." The study looked a group of students from the same school over time, to study the correlation between adolescent friendships and long-term mental health. Re...
Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

Technology
The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise. "The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. There is going to be snow and ice on the deck of the icebreaker," it read. "Quality boots are key." The Associated Press was joining international researchers on a month-long, 10,000 kilometer (6,200-mile) journey to document the impact of climate change on the forbidding ice and frigid waters of the Far North. But once the ship entered the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, there would be nowhere to stop for supplies, no port to shelter in and no help for hundreds of miles if things went wrong. A change in the weather might cause the mercury to drop ...