Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi has developed the world's first nationwide electric car network. After more than $400 million in outlays and more than a year behind schedule, dozens of electric cars have hit the road in Israel, the test site Agassi chose for his Better Place venture. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi has begun rolling out the world's first nationwide electric car network. Now, will the drivers come?

After more than $400 million in outlays and months behind schedule, dozens of electric cars have hit the road in Israel, the test site Agassi chose for his Better Place venture. Four stations where the cars can get a new dose of juice when their batteries run out are operating, and the plan is to ramp that number up within months.

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China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped.

In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dollars for research and called for annual sales of 500,000 cars by 2015.

Terrafugia's flying car, dubbed the Transition, travels down a street with its wings folded. The vehicle has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. It flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes during its test flight on March 23.  (Photo Terrafugia)

The history of the flying-car genre is fraught with flops, but Terrafugia Inc. hopes its Transition model is safe and simple enough for today's consumers.

The Jetsons had one, and Fred MacMurray flew one in "Flubber." Novelist Ian Fleming included one in his children's book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." James Bond's nemesis Francisco Scaramanga used one as a getaway vehicle in the film "The Man With the Golden Gun."

At a San Francisco Zoo, a gorilla named Bawang got a chance to play a Nintendo DSi XL when a boy dropped his game machine. Bawang's adopted son, Hansai, was hoping for a turn too. (Photo Christina Spicuzza)

A team of more than 60 researchers has decoded the DNA of a western lowland gorilla, which will help our understanding of human origins and may aid gorilla conservation efforts.

Scientists have decoded the DNA of the western lowland gorilla, a feat that could boost conservation efforts for the endangered apes as well as broaden researchers' understanding of human origins.

The complete sequence of 20,962 genes — extracted from the skin cells of Kamilah, a 34-year-old gorilla who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — was compiled by an international team of more than 60 researchers who worked on the project for about five years.

An aerial view shows an administration building of the German Bayer AG chemical company in Leverkusen wrapped as giant

Three new studies published on Wednesday added to growing scientific evidence suggesting that taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent, and possibly treat, cancer.

Previous studies have found that daily aspirin reduces the long-term risk of death due to cancer, but until now the shorter-term effects have been less certain - as has the medicine's potential in patients already diagnosed with cancer.

From the Afar Depression of northeastern Ethiopia southward 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) through Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, the African continent is coming unstitched in a process called continental rifting. (Image Scientific American)

Several winters ago, a team of geophysicists from Missouri flew to the eastern edge of Africa, strapped on bulky backpacks and began walking. They were looking for a set of huge stripes in the Tendaho Graben, a place within the Afar Depression of Ethiopia, where Africa's continental crust is stretching thin and a new ocean will eventually form.

The Karoo Array Telescope construction site, part of the MeerKAT Project, in the Northern Cape. South Africa wants to draw leading astrophysicists to the continent as well with the world's most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array. (Photo AFP /Alexander Joe)

Africa, the birthplace of the human species, has long been a magnet for archaeologists.

Now South Africa wants to draw leading astrophysicists to the continent as well with the world's most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument that would be able to look back to the infancy of the universe.

A metal developed by a team of researchers from University of California at Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology is pictured resting on a dandelion fluff without damaging it in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters on November 17, 2011. The metal, which is about 100 times lighter than styrofoam, is the world's lightest material, according to a press release by the team. (Image Innovation News Daily)

A metallic lattice of hair-thin pipes is now the lightest solid yet created — less dense than air, scientists revealed.

The strategy used to create these intricate structures could lead to revolutionary materials of extraordinary strength and lightness, including ones made of diamond, researchers added.

Ultra-lightweight materials such as foams are widely used in thermal insulation and to dampen sounds, vibrations and shocks. They can also serve as scaffolds for battery electrodes and catalytic systems.

Strange zigzag pattern in the Gobi Desert in China. Coordinates: 40.452107,93.742118. (Image Google)

Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China's Gobi Desert. The media — from mainstream to fringe — has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, satellite calibration targets, street maps of Washington, D.C., and New York City, or even messages to (or from) aliens.

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