Electric Cars

So I’ve been looking into electric cars because my mom wants to buy a new car once Keith gets his drivers license. I thought that it would be a lot cheaper charging your car than filling it up with gas but that is not necessarily true. Nissan has an all electric car called Leaf but it only goes about 100 miles with a full charge. On a full tank of gas, my Nissan Altima can go 3 times as far on a full tank of gas plus a little more. MSU has 220 V charging stations and it’s $2.50 an hour. It takes 8 hours to fully charge the car with 220V. So for 300 miles, it would cost $60. It costs just about as much as filling up my tank at the gas station but I guess having an electric car would be better for the environment. Electric charging stations are not readily available everywhere so that is a major drawback. And you definitely wouldn’t want to take an electric car on a road trip because of the lack of charging stations and I would think you need to let your car cool down a bit. I guess a hybrid car would be the way to go nowadays.

CNET wrote a review about the 2012 Nissan Leaf and said “Why is it that the more efficient a car is, the uglier it tends to be?” I actually think it looks cute!



Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

It was interesting to read that heart attacks don’t just happen out of no where; there are symptoms that lead up to it. It could be days, months, etc. Here are the symptoms in women: 

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

There are nice diagrams of what happens during a heart attack here.Image