Email apnea occurs when body goes into "fight or flight" mode while typing. It can cause excessive sweating, an increased heart rate and dilated pupils. Linda Stone, who coined the phrase, believes 80 percent of us suffer from it Writing in Gizmodo, blogger Adam Clark Estes noticed he became lightheaded when he was concentrating on a particularly challenging paragraph. "I must've slipped a little too deeply into the zone," he said. "A head shake and a couple breaths later, and I was back at it. Within minutes, the same light-headed feeling was back. I'd stopped breathing, again." read more
Even as the industry focused on battery-powered and hybrid cars, automakers such as Hyundai, Honda and Toyota kept up research on fuel cells. Now they appear to have conquered obstacles such as high costs, safety concerns and a lack of filling stations. These vehicles could help the companies meet stricter future fuel-economy standards.
"These things are now ready for prime time," John Krafcik, Hyundai's North American CEO, said last week. His company plans to announce details of the new Tucson on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. read more
Although CO2 is considered a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to climate change, if the Energy Department (DOE) finds partners to capitalize on the research of one of its laboratories, someday cars might run on sunshine. Technically, cars would run on the product of sunlight, CO2, and water using a "two-step solar thermochemical cycle" developed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico government lab. The DOE posted the special notice seeking interested companies on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Tuesday.
The special notice released this week did not contain a timetable, but did note that companies interested in the project "must have a significant interest in developing this technology to the demonstration and deployment stage. read more
Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing's nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.
China's sub fleet is reportedly the world's second-largest, with about 70 vessels. About 10 are nuclear-powered, and four or more of those are nuclear ballistic submarines capable of launching missiles.
"Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego," the Global Times said.
"The 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads carried by one single Type 094 SSBN can kill and wound 5 million to 12 million Americans," the Global Times reported. read more
Democrats, who have long posed as the party of peaceniks and doves, have been anything but during the great rhetorical war of 2013. In fact, the party of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter has been mad as hell as of late, leading an offensive of bombastic insults and rhetorical bullying that has dominated the government shutdown. It's a perfect storm, with Democrats leading the pace.
President Obama called Republicans "reckless and irresponsible," casting the Grand Old Party in the role of villain. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, referred to Republicans as "anarchists," and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, deemed Republicans "legislative arsonists."
"Public attacks make it personal. The response, the entire conversation, goes to the attack, not the problem at hand. The moment there's an audience, posturing takes over," said Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute and author of five etiquette books. read more