FDA warns of health risks due to likelihood of nicotine and other toxic chemicals. E-cigs face limits or bans in some states.
Electronic cigarettes sound fantastic. Rather than fill your lungs with tar, they deliver a vapour of nicotine to satisfy your craving, without the nasty side effects. They are popularly perceived as the safe alternative to cigarettes, a harmless way to get a nicotine hit. No wonder 700,000 people were using e-cigarettes in the UK last year, with that figure set to rise to over a million by the end of 2013.
Doctors are desperate to drive down the £5bn a year that smoking-related illness costs the NHS. Anything that could help smokers quit would be welcomed. But e-cigarettes aren’t a medicine. There’s a reason you buy them from a newsagent rather than get them on prescription. E-cigarettes may look legitimate, but they haven’t been through the same stringent safety checks as medicated nicotine replacement therapies.
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Veterans of the daily commute to and from work know that air pollution and traffic are part of the whole routine. But one bus company hopes to change that by offering something never before seen on Philippine roads: a world-class city bus that runs on hybrid technology.
Green Frog Zero Emissions Transport (GFZET), established in 2010, will soon roll out the country’s first hybrid diesel-electric buses in Makati City. The initial route will run the entire stretch from Kalayaan Ave down to Sen Gil Puyat Ave (formerly Buendia Ave). The company plans to open up 3 more routes in the future.
According to GFZET managing director Philip Apostol, Green Frog buses are Euro-4 compliant and emit 80% less than a typical diesel bus would on the road. “Five of my buses would emit the same pollution as one normal bus,” he told Rappler. At the moment, the government only requires bus operators to follow the lower Euro-2 standard for emissions.
Many of these typical buses are imported second-hand and refurbished. And because the bus simultaneously uses its diesel and electric engines, it can go farther on the same amount of fuel. “If a typical bus will travel 1 kilometer, for the same amount of fuel, my bus will travel 2 or 2.5 kilometers,” Apostol said.
Green Frog buses are ahead of their time in many other aspects. They are modeled after buses that ply highly urbanized cities like Singapore and New York, with lowered floors to ease entry and exit. They also have 6 security cameras, a tap card system for cashless payments, fire extinguishers and a GPS tracker.
CASHLESS PAYMENT. Green Frog buses will utilize a tap card cashless payment system. A one way fare costs P12 and stored cards will be sold for P120. Photo courtesy of Green Frog’s Facebook page
The drivers of the buses, who just happen to be all women, will be paid a fixed salary and will pick up and drop off passengers only at designated bus stops. The GPS tracker will also help monitor speed to ensure drivers don’t over speed or clump together.
Did you know that Lamborghini cars were only created because a tractor builder was insulted by Ferrari founder?
Ferruccio Lamborghini was a self made millionaire, he made a fortune by building tractors from army surplus left by the Allied Forces back in 1945. He started this business from a small garage but soon was able to move to larger buildings because demand for his very powerfull tractors rose. He also started manufacturing oil burners and airconditioning systems after his tractor plant started making lots of money, it turned out his second business also made big money so Ferruccio Lamborghini became one the wealthiest men in Italy. He could afford just about everything he wanted, including high speed GT cars like the Mercedes SL300 and Ferrari he owned alongside the Jaguar he liked very much. But his Ferrari started giving problems with the clutch, the local workshop couldn’t fix this problem so Ferruccio decided to drive to Modena and confront Enzo Ferrari himself. But Enzo, who was known for his arrogance, told this ‘farmer’ to take a walk.
For Apple fans out there, here’s some interesting article:
While everyone is sliding towards the reports that iOS 7 will feature a redesign, here comes an alleged photo of the next iPhone’s hardware – and it looks interesting as it employs the iPhone 5‘s look with a totally different implementation. Apple iPhone 5S anyone?
GSMarena received images of what seems to be a prototype of Apple (note that the source couldn’t even swear to its authenticity), but what makes it believable up to a certain extent is that Apple had a similar patent approved last week. The screen on the image isn’t visible, and gone is the signature home-button. The site states that the design isn’t typical of Apple as it favors squarish & compact designs.
The angle we can take this on is that Jony Ive is now working on both hardware and software teams of Apple, and this could be a move to match both and make it compliment each other designwise. If iOS 7 really is facing a redesign, then the loss of a home button can be justified.
It also could be just a prototype which won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon. Or, just a very good render as we so no flaws in the image itself. We prepared a render for you down below.
IS it a bird? Is it a plane? No! Its… LYKAN! The most expensive car in the world for 2013! Beating last year’s winner Bugatti Veyron Supersport!
Take a look at the pics below…
Revealed at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, the Lykan HyperSport 2013 (from W Motors) is the world’s most expensive car absurdly priced at $3.4 million dollars.
Only 7 will be made, all manufactured in Dubai — the first Arabian supercar (is it also the first Arabian car of any type?)
• mid-engine twin turbo flat-six (built by RUF) • 750 HP. • 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds • Top speed 395 km/h. • Only 7 units to ever be made. • $3.4 million USD.
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Article written by Barry Ritholtz: