VW chairman resigns after dispute

Holden pulls plug on electric car IT was once described as the “car of the future” but Holden has just axed its electric car, the Volt. If it can’t sell, what will? Article source: http://news.com.au.feedsportal.com/c/34564/f/632570/s/45bdc76c/sc/24/l/0L0Snews0N0Bau0Cfinance0Cbusiness0Cvw0Echairman0Eresigns0Eafter0Edispute0Cstory0Ee6frfkur0E12273213990A970Dfrom0Fpublic0Irss/story01.htm

Australian stocks to open higher

Holden pulls plug on electric car IT was once described as the “car of the future” but Holden has just axed its electric car, the Volt. If it can’t sell, what will? Article source: http://news.com.au.feedsportal.com/c/34564/f/632570/s/45be2167/sc/21/l/0L0Snews0N0Bau0Cfinance0Cbusiness0Caustralian0Estocks0Eto0Eopen0Ehigher0Cstory0Ee6frfkur0E12273214113140Dfrom0Fpublic0Irss/story01.htm

Avengers top 5 geek-out moments

Iron Man, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., left, and Captain America, portrayed by Chris Evans. Pic: AP Photo/Disney) Source: Supplied EARLY on in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the villainess Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) invades the minds of our heroes, forcing the good guys to confront their greatest secret fears. Death, destruction, dissolution and murder all […]

The best thing about the Avengers movie

Scarlett Johansson shines as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Source: Supplied “IN A world, where the forces of evil rally against mankind, only one man will stand against them … “ blah blah blah, we’ve heard it all before. Yes, we know “he’s the hero Gotham deserves” and uh-huh, we’re clear on that […]

Why Did ‘Shocking’ Amounts of BP Oil Fall to the Seafloor?

The same process likely helped oil sink to the bottom of the Bay of Campiche (map) in the southern Gulf of Mexico during the 1979-1980 Ixtoc spill, according to new research. (Also see “Gulf Oil Spill ‘Not Over': Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers.”) Sediment cores, taken between 1,600 and 6,500 feet (500 and 2,000 […]

First Ever Picture Taken of a Rare African Monkey

Long feared extinct, the rare primate hadn’t been observed by scientists since the 1970s. But late this February two independent researchers, Lieven Devreese and Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo, managed to track it down in the Republic of Congo’s Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, a 1,765 square-mile area established with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society in […]

How Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train Journey Made History

For the 150th anniversary of the funeral journey, some people are resurrecting memories of when the United States carried history through the midwestern heartland. In Elgin, Illinois, I met David Kloke, the master mechanic who built Steam Into History’s replica locomotive and was now completing a full-scale version of the funeral car. The original burned […]

Dung Beetles Roll With It

Eric Warrant, a biologist at the University of Lund, Sweden, and co-author of the study, said via email that there are indeed dung beetles at such latitudes, but they are a different species than the ones that roll balls of dung, which are the only ones likely to steer by the stars. If the ball-rolling […]

Why Elephants Are As Ritualistic and Violent As the Mafia

Oh, yes! They know how to use those tusks. Even if they don’t have big tusks, they really clash. It doesn’t happen very often, and the clashes are mostly in relation to two musth males competing for a female. You can hear their heads clashing and the tusks clacking, and see how violently those tusks […]

Rewilding Farm Creates Refuge for England’s Rare Turtledoves

That first summer was a revelation. Suddenly we were cradled in waves of pacific green. No excavated soil, no machinery, no serried ranks of arable crops. The land itself, released from its cycle of drudgery, seemed to be breathing an almighty sigh of relief. But most of all, it was the sounds: the low-level surround-sound […]

Amazon Dams Keep the Lights On But Could Hurt Fish, Forests

In the mountains, hydroelectric plants have smaller footprints because rivers are on steeper slopes, so they don’t need large reservoirs. But these dams on the headwaters of the Amazonian rivers, on the eastern slope of the Andes, pose a different set of problems: They block the flow of important sediment. Fine grains of silt, which […]

Is Deepwater Drilling Safer, 5 Years After Worst Oil Spill?

Five years ago, when disaster struck in the Gulf, these robots, lacking high-flow pumps, couldn’t do that. On April 20, 2010, about 50 miles off Louisiana, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The blowout preventer, a key safety device that sits atop […]