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Lack of charging stations hurting EV growth

by Kazuaki Nagata

The growth potential of electric vehicles is being hampered by a lack of charging stations nationwide, industry experts say. Some analysts in the industry have noted that electric vehicle (EV) sales have been slower than anticipated since mass-produced electric vehicles debuted in Japan in 2009. However, such pessimism hasn’t deflated ...

Ebola may infect 1.4 million by 2015, CDC warns

Sep 24, 2014

Ebola may infect 1.4 million by 2015, CDC warns

The number of Ebola infections in Liberia and Sierra Leone could skyrocket to 1.4 million by January, according to a worst-case scenario released by U.S. health authorities Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that Ebola cases in these two West ...

Sep 23, 2014

Dragon arrives at space station with 3-D printer

The International Space Station accepted another SpaceX shipment Tuesday, this one containing the first 3-D printer ever launched into orbit. Two days after blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the SpaceX cargo ship, Dragon, arrived at the space station. German astronaut Alexander Gerst used ...

U.S. spacecraft enters Mars orbit, India probe next up

Sep 23, 2014

U.S. spacecraft enters Mars orbit, India probe next up

With NASA’s Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India’s first mission to the red planet. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in India). It’s India’s first interplanetary mission, and no nation ...

Sep 23, 2014

Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution. The health ministry says the unidentified man was working for an international organization in Sierra Leone when he ...

Sep 23, 2014

BBC begins nightly Ebola service in West Africa

BBC World Service radio on Monday began nightly Ebola broadcasts for West Africa, concentrating on efforts to combat the virus across the region. The nine-minute program will be broadcast at 19:50 GMT on the shortwave frequencies 9915 kHz and 12095 kHz. The “News About ...

Sep 22, 2014

More U.S. troops land in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source

A second deployment of United States troops arrived in Liberia on Sunday as part of an eventual mission of 3,000 soldiers helping its beleaguered health services battle the Ebola outbreak. The contingent will be focused on training local health workers and setting up facilities ...

SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida

Sep 21, 2014

SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday to deliver a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA. The 208-foot-tall (63-meter-tall) booster, built and launched by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, bolted off ...