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Bullish on natural gas, Shell announces new North Sea investment

Bullish on natural gas, Shell announces new North Sea investment

Business
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Shell United Kingdom Ltd. announced on Wednesday an investment decision in the North Sea to develop a gas field, just a day after Royal Dutch Shell CEO said the group was bullish regarding expectations of natural gas demand growth. The company announced a "final investment decision for the Arran gas and condensate field" and said that it will become the operator of the project, in partnership with Rockrose Energy and Dyas U.K. Ltd. This is the fourth investment announcement by the company in the North Sea in 2018 "which will result in further production growth for Shell following the decision to redevelop the Penguins field in the northern North Sea, the Alligin field West of Shetland and the Fram field in the Central North Sea." At peak production, the area will produce ...
Natural lipid could lead to powerful anti-inflammatory

Natural lipid could lead to powerful anti-inflammatory

Health
July 6 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Natural Institutes of Health have identified a naturally occurring lipid that disease-causing bacterium use to damage a host's immune response and increase the chance of infection. The discovery may also mean a new potent inflammation therapy against bacterial and viral diseases. Lipids, which are waxy, fatty acids, are known to help the bacteria that causes the disease tularemia. The bacteria, Francisella tularensis, uses the lipid to suppress host inflammation when infecting mouse and human cells. In a new study, published in the Journal of Innate Immunity, researchers from NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found a form of the lipid phosphatidylethanoloamine, or PE, present in the bacterium. The scientists considered its pote...
Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars

Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIt is one of Earth's newest landforms and it could just tell us where to look for evidence of life on Mars. The tongue-twisting volcanic island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai exploded out of the Pacific Ocean in 2015, and its shape has been evolving ever since as it has been lashed and bashed by waves. Scientists are watching this slow erosion very closely. They think they see the remnants of many such water-birthed islands on the Red Planet. If that is true, it is really intriguing. On Earth, we know that wherever you get submarine volcanic processes, you also very often get conditions that support microbial communities. What the researchers see occurring at Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai (HTHH) therefore may be a kind of template to help them understa...
Scientists map coastal communities most vulnerable to natural disasters

Scientists map coastal communities most vulnerable to natural disasters

Science
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified coastal communities where poverty, poor infrastructure and exposure to the elements combine to create a unique level of vulnerability to natural disasters.These varying levels of risk are showcased on a new map of the Caribbean and South America published this week in the journal PLOS ONE."We found that more than 500,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean are living in areas where coastal hazards and poverty converge," lead researcher Juliano Calil said in a news release. "These are communities where scarce critical resources are consistently placed in hazards-prone areas, further exacerbating the impacts of coastal hazards."The 2017 hurricane season decimated many vulnerable communities in the Caribbean. To better protect populations from ...