‘Top Gear’ episode 2 recap | Bring on the electric cars

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‘Top Gear’ episode 2 recap | Bring on the electric cars

“Top Gear” season 27 is officially off and running. We came away from the first episode last week with some positive thoughts, so we were looking forward to seeing if episode two could keep it all moving forward. The topic this week was electric cars. Everything from the shocking challenges (including actual electrocution) to the new car review was electric, which was rather fun to see. Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness all acquired/built an EV to a price, then proceeded to test them in the typical “Top Gear” challenge way. If history is anything to go by, Clarkson, Hammond and May would’ve put together a very different show and format for EVs, but the new trio seem to have quite a positive outlook on our electric future. That positivity was especially reflected in Chris Harris’ new car review of the Tesla Model 3 Performance. Top Gear gave the […]

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Art therapy and the intersection between chronic illness and mental health

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Art therapy and the intersection between chronic illness and mental health

An excerpt from My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. Managing chronic illness can leave a person susceptible to emotional and mental health issues that can further exacerbate their physical symptoms.  Post-traumatic stress disorder can often accompany managing a physical illness, and often is the illness that doctors and surgeons can’t see.  How do we find self-empowerment in the midst of both visible and invisible disability, regaining self-autonomy, and also establishing a connection to the outside world? After surgery, or recovering from an illness, many individuals may develop symptoms of PTSD, leading to undeserved shame, anxiety, dissociation, and fears associated with past medical procedures. What if as patients, we lack the words to identify what and how we are feeling? Often, words are often last to effectively express how we are feeling.  At first, traumatic sensations appear in flashes, glimpses, textures, physical sensations, physical illness, and mental health. […]

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See the Lotus Evija in detail in this 23-minute video

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See the Lotus Evija in detail in this 23-minute video

Henry Catchpole splits his time as a contributor to Evo magazine with on-camera work for Carfection. The ever-gracious Englishmen took to the studio again recently to pore over the brand new Lotus Evija — and his first gift to us is the electric coupe’s proper pronunciation: ee-VYE-yah. For a full 23 minutes, Catchpole tours the coming Lotus hypercar with Lotus’ head designer Russell Carr. The two men sweep over the car from front to rear, Carr explaining the origins and details of the many shiny bits that attract Catchpole’s eye. The spec sheet alone is attention-getting. A 70-kWh battery fuels a powertrain rated at 2,000 horsepower and 1,254 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and torque vectoring are made possible by electric motors motors front and rear, but the setup is novel. A single drive unit on each axle combines a motor and inverter, but we’re told each wheel gets its […]

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Blaupunkt brings back classic 1980s car radio

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Blaupunkt brings back classic 1980s car radio

For a lot of car enthusiasts, the way the stereo head unit looks is almost as important as the way it sounds. Especially with cars ranging from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, a too-new looking stereo can really jar, with ill-fitting nasty plastics and over-done flashy lighting standing out from the dashboard design. And if you keep the vintage stereo, you can only really listen to radio, cassettes, or try to fiddle with a bluetooth adapter cassette that keeps getting spat out. CD head units don’t even offer that option. Earlier on, some audio manufacturers have come up with more basic-looking products that better suit the restrained dash of a car from the ‘80s or ‘90s, but which still include better features than vintage stereos. An example was the Kienzle MCR-1016, which was available with Bluetooth connectivity but which also  resembled a factory BMW stereo more than a […]

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How to raise a resilient child

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How to raise a resilient child

An excerpt from the Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child. If you look it up in the dictionary, you might see the term resilience explained as having the ability to bounce or spring back into shape after being compressed, stretched or bent. Trees are resilient to wind and storm, for example. Resilience is also a human quality. A resilient person is someone who recovers his or her strength and spirits after undergoing acute or chronic hardship, someone who triumphs in the face of adversity. Resilience is kind of like an emotional muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. To help your child develop this muscle, encourage him or her absorb the following key concepts. Decisions have consequences. Allow your child to experience the outcome of his or her decisions. When parents make all of the decisions, children can get the sense that what they do or […]

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Ford to lay off around 200 workers in Oakville, Ontario

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Ford to lay off around 200 workers in Oakville, Ontario

TORONTO — Ford will lay off about approximately 200 employees in September at a Canadian manufacturing plant in Oakville, Ontario, with the possibility of more layoffs in January, the company said on Friday. Ford employs approximately 4,600 workers at the Oakville plant. “We have been arguing as a local for the past several weeks trying to persuade the company from somehow avoiding this scenario, but to no avail,” Dave Thomas, president of Unifor Local 707, in Oakville, Ontario, said in a note to members that was posted on the union’s website on Wednesday. The union president had originally estimated the number of layoffs at about 185. “As always, it’s based on a business decision and it all comes down to dollars and cents,” he said. Ford attributed the layoffs to slowing sales of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, both of which are produced at the Oakville plant. In addition, […]

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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Canister Purge Solenoid

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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Canister Purge Solenoid

The canister purge solenoid is an emissions control component that is commonly found on the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system of many modern vehicles. Modern vehicles are equipped with an (EVAP) system that works to reduce the evaporative emissions pollution that can come from the vehicle’s fuel, which is released in the form of vapors. The EVAP system traps and recirculates this vapor so that it can be used as fuel for the engine, and prevented from polluting the environment. The canister purge solenoid is the component in the EVAP system that is responsible for “purging” the EVAP system, by acting as the switch that allows the vapor into the engine. When the purge solenoid fails, it will cause problems for the EVAP system, which will affect the vehicle’s emissions output levels. Usually, a bad purge solenoid will display a few symptoms that can alert the driver that a potential problem […]

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Doctors, listen up! You’ll be a patient soon.

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Doctors, listen up! You’ll be a patient soon.

As I age, the probability of acquiring yet another health condition seems to, unfortunately, increase. There’s always one test or another that is on my to-do list, be it bloodwork, X-ray, MRI, or maybe a CT scan thrown in for good measure. I comply usually with a sense that it is for the benefit of my health, i.e., to enable my doctors to determine the best mode of treatment for me. Among the collection of lab tests/procedures that I have experienced, some carry more significant “emotional baggage” with them than others. For example, my mom died of colon cancer, so when it’s time for me to be scheduled for a follow-up colonoscopy, it gives me pause to think about my own mortality. Don’t get me wrong — I am thankful that such tests exist. They enable us to have a fighting chance to beat cancer when the odds are in […]

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Towing an Airstream camping trailer through Yosemite National Park

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Towing an Airstream camping trailer through Yosemite National Park

Transcript: Yosemite is a beautiful place, worthy of a week of your time. Each year hundreds of people tow their campers to get the most comfort out of their National Park trips, so Nissan invited us out here, to learn how to tow an Airstream on a closed course. All right. We’re going to the Armada to do a maneuverability test. I’m in the group with everyone who hasn’t towed before. I’ve seen a lot of people tow boats. Used to live in Michigan. Used to go fishing a lot. But I was always the guy in the passenger seat, so now good to be in the driver’s seat. We’ll see how that goes. Is it weird that I’m more nervous about this than the first time I drove on the track? – Stay nice and close to that cone. – OK. – And don’t think about where the trailer […]

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Lyft App now provides New York Subway direction

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Lyft App now provides New York Subway direction

Lyft’s support for public transportation will soon include one of the biggest mass transit systems on the planet. The ridesharing firm is rolling out access to real-time New York City subway directions through its app over the months ahead, giving locals a one-stop directory for some of the most common transportation options in town. You’ll still have to pay with your MetroCard (or a tap of your phone), but you could use just one app to take a Lyft car to an urgent meeting, the subway for your return and a Citi Bike for the last leg of the journey. The company’s Lilly Shoup told Bloomberg this was about fulfilling Lyft’s goal of offering the “world’s best transportation,” but it’s ultimately about keeping users within its ecosystem. If you only need one app for every aspect of your commute, you’re less like to drift to competitors. Uber has public transportation options in its app, and there’s a real […]

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