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Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

THREE in four peo­ple ad­mit to fall­ing out with their part­ner dur­ing car trips, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey. Most ar­gu­ments start within an hour of the start of a jour­ney, the poll by the Bud­get Car Rental com­pany found. Around a third of the rows are caused by a part­ner’s bad driv­ing habits while 27 per cent of those of a ve­hi­cle for ar­gu­ments. AUTHORITIES near Buf­falo, New York, have charged a woman with drunken driv­ing af­ter po­lice say her nine-year-old daugh­ter wrote a note plead­ing for help from pass­ing mo­torists. Po­lice al­lege 38-year-old Bon­nie Will was driv­ing her daugh­ter and two other chil­dren, aged eight and 12, when she sud­denly stopped her car on a busy road. Po­lice say her daugh­ter wrote the words “ please help us” on a piece of pa­per and held it up to a win­dow in the car. A mo­torist called po­lice. Will was charged with driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated, driv­ing drunk with chil­dren in her ve­hi­cle and child en­dan­ger­ment. She’s due in City Court on March 3. EN­RAGED UK driv­ers are tak­ing re­venge on peo­ple who park poorly, ac­cord­ing to a new on­line sur­vey. Up­set mo­torists have gone as far as dam­ag­ing of­fend­ing ve­hi­cles and slash­ing tyres, the poll shows. Based on re­sponses from 3000 peo­ple, the sur­vey shows that 25 per cent have ver­bally at­tacked those they have ac­cused of park­ing “ crimes”. A MAS­SACHUSETTS biotech com­pany is claim­ing it can pro­duce re­new­able diesel fuel us­ing the same in­gre­di­ents that make grass grow. Joule Un­lim­ited in Cam­bridge says it has in­vented a ge­net­i­cal­lyengi­neered cyanobac­terium that sim­ply se­cretes the diesel — or ethanol — at re­mark­able rates. The or­gan­isms live in wa­ter and take in sun­light and car­bon diox­ide, pro­duc­ing and se­cret­ing ethanol or hy­dro­car­bons — the ba­sis of var­i­ous fu­els, such as diesel — as a byprod­uct of pho­to­syn­the­sis.

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