Oct 16, 2008
It sounds like perennial teen misbehavior, but car surfing is a new concern for health authorities, who took a look at the thrill-seeking activity in a report published today.
Between 1990 and this year, epidemiologists turned up 99 news reports of car surfing, in which people ride on the roof, hood, trunk or elsewhere on the exterior of an automobile. Some 58 of those cases were fatal.
That count probably doesn't capture every car surf, says John Halpin, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Injury Center. "In absolute terms that is a low number. We've likely missed cases," Halpin says. "But even if it's low in numbers, because it has such devastating consequences even at low speeds, we thought it was such a serious public health issue."
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Chrysler, Ford and GM are busy using up the $25-billion jump-start they received last month and their economic outlook is far from rosy. But it is the upstarts—in specific, electric car company Tesla Motors—facing the roughest road because they don't have the track record for access to cheap cash.
As the credit markets have seized up, Tesla has been forced to restructure and has entered a "critical phase" financially, according to a company blog post. Tesla will be abandoning Detroit and digging in at its new corporate HQ in San Jose as well as laying off an unspecified number of its 250 employees. Its primary financial backer, Elon Musk—whose SpaceX rocket finally took flight, successfully putting a payload into orbit—will also return to the helm of the company, shifting current CEO Ze'ev Drori to the board of directors. He had been in the job for a little less than a year.
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The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) is launching the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge whose
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