I'm not a football fan and don't really care if University of Michigan wins or loses, but for the sake of the athletes, students and school, the Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke both need to go

I'm not a football fan and don't really care if University of Michigan wins or loses, but for the sake of the athletes, students and school, the Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke both need to go?

A member of the popular Michigan fan blog mgoblog.com called for the rally early Tuesday morning, about an hour after Brandon released a statement apologizing for the way the department handled treatment of Morris’ concussion and high ankle sprain.


Antibiotics were one of the greatest medical developments of the 20th century, but we're now nearing but where they will no longer be effective

Antibiotics were one of the greatest medical developments of the 20th century, but we're now nearing but where they will no longer be effective

We need to ban the prophylactic use of antibiotics in agriculture. Unfortunately the political power of huge agribusinesses will probably end up screwing us all. ?

Hint: it doesn’t do much to limit antibiotics on 80 percent of users — farm animals.


The new 3.0-liter diesel V6 is a hit in the 

The new 3.0-liter diesel V6 is a hit in the +Chrysler Group LLC Ram 1500. Chrysler has just announced they are boosting output to 20% of their full-size trucks to meet demand

http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?&id=16087&mid=1

It's going to be very interesting to watch this segment over the next year as Ford launches the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost powered F-150.  The Ford may well match the 28 mpg highway rating of the Ram diesel, but the Ram will probably have more towing capability and may well get superior real world fuel economy.?


Taptic feedback is another example of how Apple wins through superior marketing rather than innovation

Taptic feedback is another example of how Apple wins through superior marketing rather than innovation

One of the big features touted about Apple's decidedly underwhelming Watch is the taptic feedback that gives the wearer turn-by-turn walking directions via unique vibrations for left and right.

As has so often been the case in the past, Apple did not invent this idea although I have no doubt they will apply for and be granted a patent for this. Back in July when I made I my first visit to Boulder, Colorado, I noticed an interesting feature while using Google Maps walking directions to get around. I looked up directions on my two-year-old +Motorola Mobility Droid Razr HD Maxx,, then stuck it in my shirt pocket. I then noticed that it gave me unique vibration patterns as I walked starting with a short buzz. As I approached a right turn, I got a long vibration followed by two short buzzes. Left turns were reversed with a two short buzzes followed by a longer buzz. If I overshot and needed to turn around, I got one long buzz. 

Yes Google did it first but Apple claims the credit. ?

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One of the wildest concept cars of the last half century now belongs to Jim Glickenhaus and he plans to make it roadworthy

One of the wildest concept cars of the last half century now belongs to Jim Glickenhaus and he plans to make it roadworthy

I try not to envy people, but if I was crazy rich, I'd want to think I'd be like Mr. Glickenhaus when it comes to my cars. He owns many of rare and one-off cars and unlike so many collectors he doesn't just park them in a secret garage somewhere. He takes them out and drives them on the road just like his Dino Competizione. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/08/02/meadowbrook-concours-2009-1967-ferrari-dino-206-competizione-by/

Last I checked the he had accumulated more than 20,000 miles on the one-of-a-kind Ferarri P4/5 http://p45c.com/the-garage/ferrari-p45-by-pininfarina/ 

Cars are meant to be driven and that's what Jim Glickenhaus does. ?

James Glickenhaus doesn’t always add cars to his collection, but when he does, he prefers icons.


I've long wondered about the durability impact of automatic start-stop systems

I've long wondered about the durability impact of automatic start-stop systems

When I wrote the press release for Ford about the 2013 Fusion with auto-start-stop, we estimated the $295 option cost would typically be recovered in about 18 months through fuel savings. However if you have to replace a battery that can cost up to $200  in less than two years it eats up most of the potential savings. 

While automakers have adopted more robust batteries and beefed up the starters on cars with auto start-stop, it looks like the batteries are not enjoying the increased cycling caused by all those additional engine starts. This only applies to non-hybrid vehicles like the Ford Fusion, the 2015 +Ford Motor Company F-150 and the Ram 1500. 

Hybrids generally use the high-voltage battery and the electric drive motor to restart the engine. Non-hybrids with start-stop use advanced-glass-matt batteries. But it looks like manufacturers are looking to ultra-capacitors to solve the durability issues. ?

Inefficiencies and durability questions cropping up with now-proliferating stop/start systems could be opening the door for long-promising, but little applied ultracapacitor technology in the light-vehicle market. Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread employment in light vehicles, …