Archive for February, 2010

Click here to view interactive graphic The same major geological upheaval that raised the Himalayas in Asia and the Alps in Europe created South America’s northeastern Andes Mountains. The resulting toothy-edged peaks that rose from the tectonic shift blocked ancient rivers that flowed northwest into the Caribbean Sea, then formed new waterways that drained instead […]


Click here to view interactive graphic The use of drugs to treat cancer brings with it possible risks to the brain’s ability to think, reason and remember. The drug might enter the brain and kill cells, cause damage to and repair of DNA, restrain the ability to secrete virus-fighting proteins, and lower hormone levels of […]


Here we compare a gas pedal that works efficiently and safely with a defective one that is prone to get stuck. We show, in an interactive graphic, the workings of the accelerator in relation to two factors that affect the pedal’s performance – friction and spring pressure. We also show how Toyota’s reinforcement bar solution […]


This is the second part of our little series on Toyota gas pedals. In part 1, we established a basic premise – that friction and spring pressure work together to stabilize the workings of the pedal. We sketched out the CTS-made accelerator assembly and identified spots that might be causing the problem. We did more […]


Click here to view interactive graphic When a person is shot, two things happen simultaneously – bleeding occurs and blood pressure plunges. Depending on what internal organs, nerves or blood vessels were hit, the victim might die on the spot of excessive blood loss, pass out as organs fail or survive the trauma but die […]


The president of Toyota today apologized for the automaker’s quality problems that have led to the recall of more than nine million cars around the world and promised to soon announce steps that would address them. Akio Toyoda, grandson of Toyota’s founder, took personal responsibility for the problems and vowed Toyota will do its utmost […]


A 54,363-square-mile area in northern Alberta, a swath of land more than twice the size of the state of Wisconsin, sits on top of virtually the world’s largets oil reserve. In some parts, the oil sands are close enough to the surface to be recovered using conventional open-pit mining. The rest of the deposits are […]