All posts for the day March 27th, 2013
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new electric car developed in partnership with California-based Tesla Motors (TSLA). This 2014 Mercedes B-class Electric Drive, will be available first in the states before reaching other markets, according to Mercedes-Benz. It will go on sale early next year, first in just a few states, but will become more widely available later on.
The car is much a smaller Mercedes than Americans are accustomed to. Up to now, the smallest Mercedes available here has been the C-class, although the luxury carmaker will soon begin selling the smaller CLA-class. Even smaller Mercedes cars are expected to be available soon.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors helped Mercedes develop and is manufacturing parts of the new car’s electric drive system, including the lithium ion battery pack, electric motors, on-board charger and other electronics. Besides producing its own car, the Tesla Model S sedan, Tesla already produces electric drive components for the battery-powered Toyota Rav4 EV.
The Mercedes Electric Drive will have a “quick charge” feature that will give it a range of 60 miles after just a 2-hour charge, according to Mercedes. With a full charge, which will take about 7 hours, it should travel about 115 miles. A 134 horsepower electric motor will let it accelerate from zero to 60 miles an hour in under 10 seconds.
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Once again, Robin has made a victorious return to Good Morning America after recovering from a live-saving bone marrow transplant. While the world marvels at her grace and indomitable spirit of optimism, African-American women proudly celebrate her sisterhood.
Never was Robin’s strength more apparent than when she vowed to beat it and return to her GMA chair. Quietly turning tragedy into inspiration, Robin allowed the world to watch as she bravely underwent surgery, before going on to complete chemotherapy, followed by radiation treatments.
Moved by her struggle, many women became motivated to perform self-exams and get annual mammograms. Robin also encouraged women’s fitness by confiding that while being fit didn’t prevent her from getting cancer, it certainly helped her fight it. By January of 2008. after making a full recovery, we cheered as we watched Robin Roberts celebrate her victory over breast cancer with a triumphant return to Good Morning America.
Five years after beating breast cancer, in January of 2012, the world was once again stunned and shocked when Robin Roberts bravely announced yet another life and death battle had presented itself in her life. Ironically enough, Robin received the diagnosis on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today Show for the first time in 16 years. Her announcement was simple and courageous;
“Today, I want to let you know that I’ve been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. It’s a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as pre-leukemia.” Robin’s selfless desire to share her fight for life motivated people in a mighty way. Noting that bone marrow donors are scarce, particularly for African-American women, Robin encouraged everyone to sign up on a donor registry.
Be-the-Match Registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program, experienced an 1,800% spike in donors the day Ms. Roberts went public with her illness.Since announcing her diagnosis, more than 56,000 people have come forward to register to become bone marrow donors. Robin was fortunate enough to have a sister who was an excellent match which greatly improved her chances for a cure.
Zebra’s are actually black, with white stripes.
Did you know that: We lose 6 seconds of visual information every time we blink – So, during a 150 minute movie, our eyes are shut for about 15 minutes.
Fox News: FBI investigating ‘suspicious’ death aboard Royal Caribbean cruise http://t.co/S4QcEjvTTf
Just dumb…. Rand Paul has a new filibuster in the works. The Kentucky Republican recently galvanized the nation’s attention with a nearly 13-hour stand against the unchecked use of drones by the Obama administration. When it comes to weapons a bit smaller than unmanned aerial vehicles, however, Paul is less passionate about government oversight.
He and tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will filibuster the motion to proceed to debate on gun legislation, the pair told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Tuesday in a letter initially obtained by Politico.
But the Paul-Cruz effort will look much different than Paul’s channeling of “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.” In fact, it won’t look anything at all like his prior effort. Under Senate rules, if Reid can’t get broad bipartisan support to move to debate a bill, he needs unanimous consent. Paul and Cruz are threatening to withhold that consent, which launches a silent filibuster.
“…Conservatives are concerned that once that bill reaches the floor, amendments could stiffen restrictions on gun control. Moreover, they understand that Reid intends to allow liberal amendments that would limit clip [sic] capacity and ban certain assault weapons to be offered — even though they would be defeated — to give Democrats a chance to vote on them. For moderate Democrats in competitive states, that amounts to an opportunity to vote no and show allegiance to gun rights”.