By Heidi Harley

science / science - 5 years ago

Fiat Chrysler to phase out diesel in Europe by 2021

The clock is ticking for diesel at Fiat Chrysler, at least in its passenger cars in Europe and other key regions, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Friday. Fiat Chrysler, owner of the Jeep and Maserati brands, plans to phase out diesel-powered engines in its passenger cars by 2021 in Europe, the Middle Ea...

science / science - 5 years ago

Final Fruit-ier: Thailand sends smelly durian into space

Thailand plans to shoot durian into orbit to test its durability in a project that could see the staple "king of fruits" consumed in zero-gravity conditions. "In the future we want astronauts to be able to eat Thai food," said a spokesperson for Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Devel...

science / science - 5 years ago

A finger painting for John Preskill

I’d completed about half my candidacy exam. Four Caltech faculty members sat in front of me, in a bare seminar room. I stood beside a projector screen, explaining research I’d undertaken. The candidacy exam functions as a milepost in year three of our PhD program. The committee confirms that the stu...

science / science - 5 years ago

Oregon looks into price gouging as city faces tainted water

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The National Guard will hand out free water to residents who can't drink tap water contaminated by an algae bloom in the Salem, Oregon, area, and state law enforcement authorities are looking into claims of price gouging after officials extended an emergency drinking water adv...