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Are LED street lights making drivers sleepy and fat? The AMA thinks they might
Are LED street lights making drivers sleepy and fat? The AMA thinks they might

If you've been to a hardware store lately, you know that the big thing in lighting is no longer compact fluorescents, but LEDs. America's cities have noticed, too, and they're in the process of converting millions of streetlights to the technology. Given the benefits of LEDs, that might seem like a...Read More»

Biometric driver identification system, patented by Ford (application #20140285216)
Ford Files High-Tech Patent That Could Eliminate Keys & Start Cars With Fingerprints

No one likes passwords. We keep jumbles of them in our head -- usually two or three standards, plus a string of variations to suit the whims of allegedly "safer" websites with 12-character-minimums. We can get chastised, locked out, or all-together blocked while trying to remember the particular...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
Your Commute Is Killing You

Americans aren't especially healthy. The machines that have helped our economy grow and allowed us to do things our grandparents never imagined -- those same machines have diminished our need for physical exertion and, as a result, our well-being. Of all those newfangled devices and gadgets -- the...Read More»

Ford workers build Focus models at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Image: Ford Motor Company
Could Healthier Auto Workers Cut The Cost Of Your Next Ford?

When we think about the cost of making cars, we think about things like research, design, raw materials, parts, and labor. But there are many other factors that affect the price of our vehicles, and one of those things is healthcare. Yesterday, Ford released a statement about its new initiatives...Read More»

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Driving In Chaotic Traffic Nearly As Stressful As Skydiving, Study Finds

Driving can be an escape from some of the stresses of life, and a task that some find relaxing or invigorating in itself. Yet far too often—when traffic snags on the morning commute, or when you see that door ding in the parking lot—driving ranks one of the most stressful activities in...Read More»

New York City traffic at night, by Flickr user paulobar
Study: Traffic Noise Linked To Greater Risk Of Heart Attack

If you live near a busy boulevard or interstate, you already know how annoying that traffic can be during your daily commute. But according to a new study cited in the New York Times, it may also be the source of a bigger pain: a heart attack. The news comes from a group of Danish researchers who...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Should NHTSA Mandate Technology To Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths In Cars?

A recent article in WardsAuto.com by Drew Winter caused a bit of a stir with its title, “The Nanny State Eyes Nanny Cars.” The gist of the story is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after its July 2011 roundtable in Washington, D.C. on child hyperthermia...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Preventing Children From Dying In Hot Cars: Good Or Bad?

Every summer, we see dozens of headlines about children being left in hot cars. Many suffer heat strokes, many die. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun exploring new technology -- and new mandates -- that might cut down on such tragic incidents. But is that good or bad?...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5
Chevrolet Aveo The Most Toxic New Car?

Do you avoid drinking out of clear plastic water bottles, using antiperspirants with aluminum, or cooking in non-stick pans? Use a water purifier and ionizer everywhere you go, always buy organic, mind your cold-water fish list, and have your tap water checked yearly? If so, we've found either a...Read More»

Overweight
Is It Opposite Day, Or Can Being Carless Really Make You Fat?

The anti-car movement insists that automobiles have made us fat and lazy -- and there's some truth to that. However, a new study in the Journal of Urban Health shows that being carless doesn't always mean being healthier. Of the 2,156 individuals studied, car owners weighed about 8.5 pounds more...Read More»

Meguiar's New Paint Collection
Risky Old Car-Care Products: How To Identify, Dispose Of Them

Do you have an old tin of car wax, or a bottle of car-wash concentrate that’s more than a few years old? Don’t use it; they likely contain so-called volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are dangerous for health and the environment. They've been tightly regulated by California and have been...Read More»

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