America's First Hybrid Electric
On September 23, 1999 American Honda Motor Company unveiled its Insight, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle available in America. The little two-seater coupe was immediately lauded for its eye-popping fuel mileage numbers - 70 miles per gallon on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests. In fact, those startling fuel efficiency figures all but over-shadowed the fact that the Insight represented a breakthrough in ultra-low emissions in a car that could operate well with our current fuel delivery and highway infrastructure. Of course, the current infrastructure proved to be the bane of highly visible "pure" electric vehicles like the General Motors EV1. That vehicle's limited range and the nation's lack of recharging stations m ...
Burt's Bees products
Buttermilk soap, apricot baby oil, carrot nutritive body lotion, and bay rum aftershave balm -- those are just a few of the tasty offerings from Burt's Bees, a company that got its start in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse in rural Maine. They now offer all of their family-friendly products online, which includes items for mom, dad, baby, and pregnancy. (For those looking for a chemical-free alternative to fighting the elements, check out their lemongrass insect lotion, poison ivy soap, and herbal deodorant.) The best part: You can try out many of their products by purchasing their sampler kits.
Can Electric Vehicles Compete?
A recent headline announced the demise of the once much-touted General Motors EV-1. A great deal was expected from the "pure" electric car whose power was stored in on-board batteries that had to be recharged using an outside source of current. Introduced with fanfare and accompanied by a clever advertising campaign, the EV-1 was predicted to usher in a new era of zero-emissions vehicles. Instead, it is leaving the road with its tail between its legs, as GM has tacitly admitted its failure.
Beating Motion Sickness
It's hard to have fun while you're nauseated. That's a truism that has endured from Admiral Horatio Nelson's days as commander of the British fleet in the Napoleanic Wars to these days of travel into space. Whether you want to be an astronaut, compete in a round-the-world yacht race, or pilot a Grand Prix racecar, susceptibility to motion sickness can be a limiting factor. Each year millions will experience the debilitating effects of carsickness, seasickness and airsickness, and while the phenomenon might help the paper bag industry, it sure isn't good for the rest of us.
A couple of important questions about motion sickness are: who gets it and what causes it? One of the world's leading experts in motion sickness, Dr. John Golding, sen ...