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Portable chargers, boosters to ease electric car objections

Chevrolet Europe’s president Susan Doherty drives to work every day in an electric car, and thanks to a recharging station at work, she never worries about running out of power. For most other people, however, it remains a challenge to find electric charging stations to refuel. As a result sales…

1,000 women a day die in childbirth, says Doctors Without Borders

About 1,000 women die each day in childbirth or from preventable complications related to pregnancy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said Thursday. “Worldwide, at any time, 15 percent of pregnancies incur the risk of a potential fatal complication,” said Kara Blackburn, responsible for women’s health at MSF…

Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like humans: study

Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different…

Space storm packs late punch, biggest since ’04

A strong space weather storm packed a late punch overnight and ended up being the most significant geomagnetic event since 2004, US experts said Friday, warning more disruption was coming this weekend. The fusillade of radiation from the Sun caused limited power grid upsets, forced airlines to reroute around the…

Saboteurs blamed as Japan whale catch falls short

Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet has killed less than a third of the animals it planned to because of sabotage by activists, Tokyo said Friday as it announced the end of the season’s hunt. Japan’s Fisheries Agency said the fleet was on its way home from the Antarctic “on schedule”, but…

Director James Cameron to explore Earth’s deepest ocean trench

“Titanic” director James Cameron will try in the coming weeks to dive to the deepest place on Earth, further than any other human has on a solo mission, to return with specimens and images. Cameron would seek to accomplish his feat aboard a submersible “as futuristic as anything in his…

Researchers: Time to re-examine LSD as treatment for alcoholism

Neuroscientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have called for research on LSD as a possible treatment for alcoholism to continue. “There has long been a need for better treatments for addiction,” Teri Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen said after reviewing previous LSD research. “We think it is time…

Space storm fizzles on arrival

A space weather storm that was forecast to be the strongest in five years has fizzled out and ended up causing no impact to power grids or modern navigation systems, US experts said on Thursday. A series of eruptions on the Sun this week sent radiation and solar plasma hurtling…

Michigan State University to offer ‘zombie survival’ class

Michigan State University has an interesting course on tap for the upcoming session: zombies, and lots of ‘em. Well, that’s not exactly correct. The zombie motif is just a hook. The class is actually about studying mass catastrophes and human behavior in life or death situations. But a video produced…

Scientists survey seabed fractured by Japan quake

Scientists on Thursday launched a mission to the seabed off Japan where a massive quake triggered last year’s devastating tsunami, to get their first proper look at the buckled ocean floor. Researchers from Germany and Japan are sending high-tech vehicles to probe the seabed up to 7,000 metres (23,000 feet)…

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