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The cheapest and most-expensive vehicles to maintain and repair over a decade

Jim Gorzelany »

The 15 most-expensive vehicles to maintain and repair over a 10-year period, as estimated by YourMechanic.com:

  1. Porsche 911 sports coupe/convertible: $19,600.
  2. BMW 640i Gran Coupe midsize sports sedan: $15,700.
  3. BMW M4 high-performance luxury sports coupe/convertible: $14,900.
  4. Lincoln MKS large luxury sedan: $14,600.
  5. Infiniti Q45 large luxury sedan: $13,900.
  6. Audi A4 Allroad quattro crossover wagon: $13,700.
  7. Porsche 718 Boxster two-seat roadster: $13,700.
  8. Audi A4 Quattro midsize luxury sedan: $12,950.
  9. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S compact luxury sports sedan: $12,800.
  10. Dodge Grand Caravan minivan: $12,700.
  11. Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan: $12,600.
  12. Acura TL midsize luxury sedan: $12,600.
  13. Ford Mustang sports coupe/convertible: $12,550.
  14. Subaru Forester crossover SUV: $12,450.
  15. Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan: $11,700.

And these are the cheapest models to maintain and repair for a decade’s ownership, according to YourMechanic.com:

  1. Toyota Yaris subcompact hatchback: $3,289.
  2. Toyota Corolla compact sedan/hatchback: $3,247.
  3. Toyota Camry midsize sedan: $3,499.
  4. Honda Fit subcompact hatchback: $3,673.
  5. Honda Civic compact sedan/coupe/hatchback: $3,774.
  6. Scion xB compact wagon: $3,952.
  7. Nissan Versa subcompact sedan: $3,992.
  8. Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV: $4,030.
  9. Kia Rio subcompact sedan/hatchback: $4,112.
  10. Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchback: $4,189.
  11. Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan: $4,199.
  12. Ford Edge midsize crossover SUV: $4,293.
  13. Kia Soul subcompact wagon: $4,353.
  14. Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact sedan: $4,375.
  15. Subaru Impreza subcompact sedan/hatchback: $4,462.

Read the whole article at Forbes »

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Why do car windows have little black dots?

From Bright Side on YouTube »

SUMMARY:
– The dots come out of the black band that goes around the window. That band is called the frit. It’s the ceramic paint that protects the sealant holding your windshield in place.
– They make a nice gradient transition from the black frit to the clear window. This gradient is also a safety feature.
– The black dots are there to even out the heat and minimize optical distortion. Without them, the windshield would deform.
– Those black dots above the rearview mirror have another important function: they help protect your eyes from the sun while you’re driving.
– AS1 means that the glass should let in no less than 75% of the light. The line and arrow mean “from this point and downward.” S
– Have you ever noticed a little snowflake light up on your dashboard? This is the Frost or Freeze Warning, and it lights up automatically to inform you that the temperature outside has dropped so much that the roads are likely to freeze.
– Gas tank locator tells you which side the tank is on! By the way, there are no strict regulations as to which side the tank should be on.
– Drowsiness detector does exactly what it says: if the car “feels” that you’ve been on the road for too long or you keep slowly drifting out of your lane, then this indicator will come on.
– When sensors decide your vehicle is about to spin out or isn’t turning far enough, a little skidding car icon lights up on the dashboard.
– The original purpose of ceiling handles was to help you get in and out of the car.
– In most mini-vans and some crossover SUVs, you can pull down a convex mirror from a special compartment in front of your rearview mirror. It helps you keep an eye on the kids, pets, or just passengers in the back seats without taking your eyes off the road for a second longer than needed.

You are almost definitely more of a jerk than you think you are

Eric Schwitzgebel »

Picture the world through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you must wait while they bumble with their requests. The flight attendant is not a potentially interesting person with her own cares and struggles but instead the most available face of a corporation that stupidly insists you stow your laptop. Custodians and secretaries are lazy complainers who rightly get the scut work. The person who disagrees with you at the staff meeting is an idiot to be shot down. Entering a subway is an exercise in nudging past the dumb schmoes.

We need a theory of jerks. We need such a theory because, first, it can help us achieve a calm, clinical understanding when confronting such a creature in the wild. Imagine the nature documentary voice-over: “Here we see the jerk in his natural environment. Notice how he subtly adjusts his dominance display to the Italian-restaurant situation . . .” And second—well, I don’t want to say what the second reason is quite yet.

As it happens, I do have such a theory. But before we get into it, I should clarify some terminology. The word “jerk” can refer to two different types of person. The older use of “jerk” designates a chump or ignorant fool, though not a morally odious one. When Weird Al Yankovic sang, in 2006, “I sued Fruit of the Loom ’cause when I wear their tightie-whities on my head I look like a jerk” or when, in 1959, Willard Temple wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “He could have married the campus queen. . . . Instead the poor jerk fell for a snub-nosed, skinny little broad,” it’s clear it’s the chump they have in mind.

Read the whole piece at Literary Hub »

Video » Lifting the Carnival Vista cruise ship out of the water

In just 12 hours, the Boskalis semi-submersible heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard successfully lifted the cruise ship Carnival Vista aboard in order to facilitate repairs at a shipyard in the Bahamas.

More » The Maritime Executive

Reward-based training is less stressful for your family dog

“This was a careful study,” Bekoff says. And although the paper does not address which method is more effective at training dogs, Bekoff says this and other findings provide more than enough evidence that dog owners should avoid aversive-based training.

Eva Frederick, writing in Science Magazine »

Video » What would a city designed by women be like?

Cities are supposed to be built for all of us, but they aren’t built by all of us.

Every city in the world has been designed and built by men. But what if the other half had a go?

Barcelona might be able to give us that answer.

For the past four years the city has had a female mayor with a profoundly feminist agenda.

We spoke to feminists working in urban planning in the city to find out what they think needs to change to make cities better for women.

Follow this link to the BBC video »

Migrating Russian eagles run up huge SMS data roaming charges

BBC ≫

Russian scientists tracking migrating eagles ran out of money after some of the birds flew to Iran and Pakistan and their SMS transmitters drew huge data roaming charges.

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The SMS messages deliver the birds’ coordinates as they migrate, and the team then use satellite photos to see if the birds have reached safe locations. Power lines are a particular threat for the steppe eagles, which are endangered in Russia and Central Asia.

They are currently tracking 13 eagles. The birds breed in Siberia and Kazakhstan, but fly to South Asia for the winter.

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Brigid Kosgei sets new women’s marathon world record in Chicago

Wynne Davis, writing for NPR »

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours 14 minutes 4 seconds, breaking the previous world record by 81 seconds.

At 25, the Kenyan defended her title after winning last year’s event, and put almost 7 minutes between herself and her competition. Both from Ethopia, Ababel Yeshaneh finished second with a time of 2:20:51 and Gelete Burka came in third at 2:20:55.

The previous world record time of 2:15:25 was set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe in 2003 at the London Marathon.

More » AFP

Video » Reuters

Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first person to run a marathon in under two-hours

A feat once believed to be impossible, Eliud Kipchoge is the first person to run the marathon distance in under two hours.

BBC »

Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds.

The Kenyan, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

It will not be recognised as the official marathon world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.

Read more at the BBC »

More » The Associated Press via CBC, NY Times, Washington Post, Reuters,

How much faster can human’s run? » Popular Science

Background » The New Yorker » Inside the Race to Break the Two-Hour Marathon

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