Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Driven Mad

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Driven Mad

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Fire water

WHAT do you do when your energy drink isn't safe for human consumption? Answer, turn it into car fuel.

The makers of a now-banned alcoholic energy drink called Four Loko have struck the rather odd deal. With US lawmakers declaring the drink unsafe for humans following a number of health scares, MXI Environmental Services will recycle it into ethanol.

The company will extract the ethyl alcohol from the drink and then blend it with petrol, in the same way corn and sugar cane can be turned into ethanol fuel.

Record run

AUSTRALIA can lay claim to a new land-speed record. A team from the University of New South Wales has broken the record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle.

The university's car, Sunswift IVy, reached 88.8kmh in the hands of racing driver Barton Mawer during its run at Nowra Airport last week.

Despite being hampered by cloud cover, the team smashed the previous record of 79kmh set by General Motors' Sunraycer in

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