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New generation of green racecars will speed around track at 138 mph

Motor racing is set for an electric makeover that will see a new generation of green cars speeding at 220 kmh (138 mph) around urban racetracks — at least until their batteries run out. Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, says the global championship, which has been authorized by…

WHO: Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak ‘out of control’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could soon spread to major towns and cities in the region.  According to Reuters, the death toll in the current outbreak of the lethal hemorrhagic fever has doubled in the…

How Buzz Aldrin’s surreal communion on the moon was hushed up

As Neil Armstrong’s memorial takes place, it’s good to remember why Nasa kept Aldrin’s surreal lunar ceremony under wraps Neil Armstrong will be remembered at Washington National Cathedral today. It’s a good moment to look at one eccentric Apollo story: the tale of Aldrin’s hushed-up communion on the moon. Before…

Benefits of thorium as alternative nuclear fuel are ‘overstated’: report

A report on thorium’s potential says the UK should continue to research the technology but downplays proponents’ claims The benefits of an alternative nuclear fuel that could offer a safer and more abundant alternative to the uranium that powers conventional reactors have been “overstated”, according a new government report on…

Whooping cough vaccine efficiency questioned

US researchers are questioning how the United States protects against whooping cough, a disease that killed 11 babies and sickened thousands of people in a major outbreak in 2010. The current vaccine known as DTaP, which is designed to protect against whooping cough but also tetanus and diphtheria, wanes greatly…

West Nile virus deaths up 35% in the U.S.

Deaths linked to the West Nile virus jumped 35 percent in the United States over the past week, amid one of the worst US outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease, according to officials. As of Tuesday, a total of 118 fatalities have been blamed on West Nile virus infections since the…

Mars rover Curiosity working ‘flawlessly’: NASA

WASHINGTON — For the past week, the rover, which touched down on August 6, has undergone a series of instrument tests, as well as a rebooting of its steering computers, and everything so far appears fine, according to officials with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Through every phase…

Climate change: Research questions ‘worse drought’ warnings

PARIS — Some computer models for global warming may be over-estimating the risk of drought, according to a study published on Wednesday by the journal Nature. Several key models used in climate research that factor in warming trends suggest that droughts will intensify as world temperatures rise. This is on…

Higgs Boson scientists map long-term global strategy for particle physics

Scientists who searched for the famous Higgs Boson concluded a three-day brainstorming session on Wednesday for mapping a long-term global strategy for particle physics. The conference in Krakow, Poland, follows the July 4 announcement of the discovery of a new particle consistent with the elusive boson, which is believed to…

Archaeologists may have found bones of King Richard III

Archaeologists hunting for the lost grave of King Richard III under a city centre car park have found human bones, the team carrying out the dig said on Wednesday. Researchers from the University of Leicester in central England have sent the remains for DNA testing to prove whether or not…

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