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China’s NextEV New Electric Supercar Is The World’s Fastest |The Republican News

 

Andrew J . Hawkins

This could be the world’s fastest electric car: the NIO EP9. So claims the manufacturer, China’s NextEV, which unveiled its new NIO brand of electric cars at a London art gallery today. How fast are we talking about here? NextEV, which also has a Formula E team, says its electric supercar achieved a new lap record at the the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, a legendary German racetrack where supercar speeds are vetted. On October 12th, the EP9 lapped the 12.9-mile (20.8-kilometer) “Green Hell” track in 7 minutes and 5.12 seconds. That’s probably thanks to its wicked 1,390-horsepower engine, because holy crap, that’s fast.

NextEV is part of a new wave in electric carmakers that are hoping to challenge Tesla

That’s a lot of information (and nationalities) in one paragraph so let’s break it down. NextEV is part of a new wave in electric carmakers that are hoping to challenge Tesla as the top seller in the market. Others include Faraday Future, LeEco, Lucid Motors, and the now-bankrupt Fisker Karma. But whether any can hope to topple Tesla from its top perch will depend entirely on their ability to sell cars in volume.

It’s not clear what NextEV’s strategy will be: mass-market cars for regular people, or luxury supercars for one-percenters? They seem to be starting with the low-volume brand building supercar to wow the market, but then who knows which strategy they will ultimately pursue. In a statement, NextEV Chair William Li said, “We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow.”

a top speed of 194 mph

What is clear is the Chinese startup (with an office in Silicon Valley, naturally) is emphasizing speed and performance at the outset. With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 can deliver 1-megawatt of power. The supercar can accelerate from 0–124 mph (0–200 kph) in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 mph (313 kph). With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles (427 kilometers).

How does that compare to Tesla’s Model X? It’s a shorter per-charge range, 265 miles compared to 315 miles for the Model X. And its 0–60 mph acceleration falls short as well, 2.7 seconds versus Tesla’s 2.5 seconds. We probably won’t know which is faster until both electric cars go head-to-head on the Green Hell.

The EP9’s design is thoroughly arresting: hulking wheels, a sleek physique, and a piercing face with headlights that look like slits. The sculpted haunches give it a very McLaren-esque appearance. This would definitely turn some heads.

They may still be upstarts, but NextEV has some big names backing its venture. Investors include Tencent, Temasek, Sequoia Capital, Lenovo, TPG, and others. And naturally, the company has aspirations in the world of autonomous driving. In October, NextEV applied for an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the California DMV to begin testing self-driving cars on public roads. NextEV says the EP9 features an “integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout” that can eventually accommodate autonomous driving technology. ( The Verge)

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The 2017 McLaren 570GT Is The Gentleman’s Supercar |The Republican News

 

Will Sabel Courtney
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Some supercars are made for track work. The McLaren 570GT is not one of them. But that’s in no way a slight against it. At least, not in my book. The automotive world is filled with cars that offer certifiably insane performance on a closed course, but are barely usable on the street-if they’re legal to take on public roads in the first place. McLaren itself makes more than a few of them.

© WSC/The DriveThe 570GT, though, is designed to offer 95 percent of the performance of those cars with five times the usability. It rides comfortably over broken city streets, offers as much storage capacity as your average compact car, and it’s roomy enough to fit all six-foot-four-inches of my Lincolnesque frame with space to spare. It’s well-mannered and comfortable, even luxurious in a minimalist sort of way. But slam the gas down, and it takes off like a JATO-assisted cheetah; nail the brakes, it’ll stop on a dime and give you nine cents change; spin the wheel into a turn, and it’ll clip apexes and cling to lines as though the ghost of Bruce McLaren himself had taken possession of the car. 95 percent of certifiably insane is still pretty crazy.

© WSC/The DriveIf you’re a loyal reader (which I hope you are) who’s into McLarens (and why wouldn’t you be), you’ve likely already read chief auto critic Lawrence Ulrich’s review of this very same car. Lawrence has been driving around in sports cars since before I was born, so I can’t come close to touching his expertise when it comes to judging these sorts of vehicles. But given a chance to take the 570GT out of the city and upstate for the day, well…it seems almost a crime to not share my thoughts after blasting around in this gentleman’s supercar for a few blissful hours.

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Why You Should Not Wear Bra To Bed! |The Republican News

 

The average woman would do anything to have firm, perky breasts. And many do believe that wearing bra to bed everyday will enable them to achieve that dream!

However, experts are warning that wearing bra to bed does have debilitating effects on a woman’s overall health.
How does wearing a bra to bed affect your health? This way…

It impedes circulation: According to Medical Anthropologist, Sydney Singer, when you sleep in your bra, especially if your bra has underwire, your circulation suffers. If the wire is too tight against your skin, your muscles will be constricted, affecting the circulation of the nerves in your arms. Wearing a snug-fitting bra to bed, including a sports bra, can hurt breast tissue due to constantly restricted circulation.

It causes restlessness: Being constricted, even slightly, can affect your sleep. Much like wearing clothing to bed that’s too tight, wearing a bra can cause restlessness due to irritation that you may not even notice. Wearing a bra to bed can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

It may cause hyperpigmentation: Singer, who is a co-author of Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, warn that hyperpigmentation is the general term for dark spots, discoloration or uneven skin tone. It’s a condition caused by increased levels of melanin, which is the pigment in the body that determines skin colour. Bras that are too tight can cause hyperpigmentation by constantly rubbing against your skin, causing friction, irritation and damaging your skin.

It may result in breast fungus: Regularly wearing an ill-fitting bra to bed can create the perfect warm and moist environment that fungi loves to breed in. Since most women wear bras that don’t fit properly, the chance of developing breast fungus may be more likely than you think. This is especially true if you wear a bra at night.

It causes skin irritation: Wearing a bra to bed can easily cause skin irritation. The hooks and straps can protrude into your skin, eventually causing lesions or even cysts if left for too long, particularly if the bra is underwire. While you may not notice any discomfort while falling asleep, your body is sure to suffer irritation throughout the night.

• It affects the physiology of the breasts: Singer, who is also a breast cancer researcher says wearing a constrictive bra to bed can impair blood flow and lymphatic drainage. A too-tight bra can lead to chronic inflammation and fluid retention. The lymph glands help remove toxins from the breast area, so impaired lymph drainage can negatively affect the liver, kidneys and other parts of the body by keeping toxins in, instead of pushing them out. It could also cause breast cancer.

• Singer has this to say, “Sleeping in a bra is the worst thing to do for the breasts. Bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, while the incidence rises the tighter and longer a bra is worn, to over 100 times higher for a 24/7 bra user compared to bra-free. The compression of the breast tissue by the bra, which is evident by seeing red marks or indentations in the skin from the bra, results in fluid and toxin accumulation, causing pain, cysts, and ultimately, cancer. To find out if your bra is harming your breasts, try going bra-free for one month and feel the difference.”

The bottom line: If you sleep in your bra, it might be time to make a change. Your whole body will thank you for it!  (Punchng.com)

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Lassa Fever: Don’t Treat Malaria Without Diagnosis, FG Warns Hospitals |The Republican News

Niyi Odebode, Friday Olokor and Samuel Awoyinfa

The Federal Government has warned hospitals in the country against treating malaria without diagnosis.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who stated this at a press conference in Abuja, explained that Lassa fever killed a nurse and a patient at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.

The minister, also in a statement on Friday by the ministry’s spokesperson, Mrs. Boade Akinola, allayed fears on the existence of plastic rice in the country.

Saying that the claim could not be substantiated, Adewole urged Nigerians to check the address of the manufacturer, production date, expiry date and the batch number and registration number given by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on all regulated products.

He, however, urged Nigerians to buy locally-produced rice, saying it was healthier.

On the resurgence of Lassa fever, he described the situation in the FMC Abeokuta as worrisome.

Adewole said, “We thought Lassa fever was gone until we recorded one or two cases which turned out sour. The one in Abeokuta was particularly worrisome. The nurse (who died) spent almost two weeks in the hospital and they did not even think of it (as Lassa fever) and that created a big problem because we need to now monitor about 350 people, who came in contact with that nurse.

“They thought it was malaria, when she did not respond to treatment, they gave her antibiotics. They moved her to the Intensive Care Unit. And because she was a nurse, they never thought of Lassa fever.

“It is unfortunate. We will continue the sensitisation. Even if the patient is a bishop, it (the disease) can be Lassa fever. When we launched malaria programme, we said nobody should treat malaria without diagnosis.”

The  Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, said that 396 people who had primary and secondary contacts with the late assistant Chief Nursing Officer of the FMC, Abeokuta, Abolanle Adesuyi, who died from Lassa fever last Sunday, had been traced and placed under surveillance.

Ipaye, however, said none of the contacts had shown abnormal temperature since their monitoring began.

He said, “All the 396 contacts have not shown any abnormal symptoms or signs of Lassa fever.”  (Punchng.com)

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Foods That Fuel Crave For Sex |The Republican News

 

You’ve probably heard the adage, ‘You are what you eat.’ Well, this applies to how our dietary habits either make us sick or well.

The same goes for how the foods a man eats can determine how well he can sustain libido.
Instead of popping endless Viagra pills or the local, less expensive alternatives, the following foods can enhance your performance in the bedroom…

Bananas
On its own, the shape of bananas is libido-inspiring. Better still, banana contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which is believed to increase libido and reverse impotence in men. Additionally, they are good sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels, says Professor of Physiology at the University of Florida, Penelope Perkins-Veazie.

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Avocado
Avocado doesn’t just look like testicle, it also contains high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolise proteins, thus giving you more energy. Reproduction specialist, George Brewer, notes that avocado also contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.

Nuts
Nuts are a prime source of essential fatty acids. These are vital, as they provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones, says .

Eggs
A Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, Christos Mantzoros, says eggs are high in vitamins B6 and B5, which help to balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth.

Liver
Liver may indeed increase a slowed-down libido, says nutritionist,

Figs
These are high in amino acids, which are believed to increase libido. Perkins-Veazie notes that they can also improve sexual stamina. Furthermore, the shape of a fresh fig and the sweet, juicy taste are two tangible aspects that are highly pleasurable to the human senses.

Garlic
Brewer says garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs. As such, it’s a highly effective herb to help increase libido. You can take it in capsule form, or use it as food enhancer while cooking.

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Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine — an alkaloid that is very similar to caffeine. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical believed to produce the feeling of “being in love.” Experts add that dark chocolate has a massive amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for the body in general, as they help maintain the immune system.

Salmon
Nutritionists say salmon is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that help maintain the fluidity of our cell membranes. Brewer says they keep our cardiovascular systems healthy by reducing inflammation, preventing excessive blood clotting, and keeping fats in the blood at healthy levels. The same omega-3 fats are also found in other fatty fish like tuna, black cod, halibut, and mackerel, nutritionists say.

Watermelon
Watermelon is rich in a chemical called citrulline, which helps make nitric oxide that dilates blood vessels. It also contains the phytonutrient lycopene and beta-carotene, which act as antioxidants, protecting our cells.

Green vegetables
Fresh spinach and other green vegetables contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which purifies the blood and helps to increase blood flow. Some also contain essential fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. They’re a rich source of vitamins, including the fat-soluble A and K, and C, as well as minerals that keep the body rich in alkaline and improve energy levels. (Punchng.com)

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A Significant Percentage Of Men Have Low Sperm Count |The Republican News

Oladapo Ashiru

Infertility used to be defined as the inability of a couple to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse. But the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and other experts at a recent World Health Organisation meeting have revised this definition.

The new guidelines, to be published next year, encourage women and men over 35 years of age to seek fertility evaluation if they fail to conceive after six months of trying.

An estimated 15 per cent of couples meet this criterion and are considered infertile. About 35 per cent of cases of infertility are due to female factors; 30 per cent due to male factors, 20 per cent is a combination of female and male factors, and 15 per cent are due to unexplained factors.

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In general, scientists and fertility doctors are noticing a drop in sperm count and motility, which makes it harder for couples to achieve pregnancies. Conditions leading to infertility in men are still generally underdiagnosed and undertreated.

A man’s fertility rate generally relies on the quantity and quality of his sperm. If the amount of sperm a man ejaculates is low or if the sperm is of poor quality, it will be difficult and sometimes impossible for him to impregnate a female.

Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production in the testes or sperm transport.

Diagnosis

The initial step in the evaluation of an infertile male is to obtain a thorough medical and urologic history. Important considerations include the duration of infertility, previous fertility in the patient and the partner, and prior evaluations. The couple should be asked specifically about their sexual habits, including their level of knowledge of the optimal timing of intercourse and the use of potentially spermatocytes and lubricants.

Patients should be asked about a history of childhood illnesses such as testicular torsion, post-pubertal mumps, developmental delay, and precocious puberty, as well as urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and bladder neck surgery. A history of neurological diseases, diabetes, and pulmonary infections should be elicited. Anosmia (lack of smell), galactorrhea, visual-field defects, and sudden loss of libido could be signs of a pituitary tumour. The status of the partner’s workup should also be known.

The sperm

The production of sperm is a complex process and requires normal functioning of the testicles (testes) as well as the hypothalamus and pituitary glands — organs in your brain that produce hormones that trigger sperm production.

Once sperm is produced in the testicles, delicate tubes transport them until they mix with semen and are ejaculated out of the penis. Problems with any of these systems can affect sperm production.

Low sperm count (oligospermia) is a leading cause of infertility or sub-fertility issues among men. While it requires only one sperm to fertilise the ovum, the odds of conception are such that it takes millions of sperm per milliliter of semen to actually achieve the goal of fertilisation. A “normal” sperm count is about 20 million or more sperm per milliliter of semen. Over 60 per cent of the sperm in each sample should exhibit normal morphology and indicate typical motility – the forward swimming movement.

Oligospermia – or low sperm count – is indicated in simple tests that reveal the concentration of sperm in a given sample quantity. Sperm count can, of course, be impacted by diet, frequency of intercourse, habits like smoking and drinking, and general health and wellness issues.

Causative factors

Prior surgeries

Certain surgeries, including vasectomy, might prevent you from having sperm in your testicles. Inguinal hernia repairs, scrotal or testicular surgeries, prostate surgeries, and large abdominal surgeries performed for testicular and rectal cancers, among others, are also suspect. In most cases, surgery can be performed to either reverse these blockages or to retrieve sperm directly from the epididymis and testicles.

Environmental causes

Sperm production or function can be affected by overexposure to certain environmental elements, including:

Industrial chemicals

Extended exposure to benzenes, toluene, xylene, herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, painting materials and lead might contribute to low sperm counts. Exposure to lead or other heavy metals also can cause infertility.

Radiation or x-rays

Exposure to radiation can reduce sperm production. It can take several years for sperm production to return to normal. With high doses of radiation, sperm production can be permanently reduced. It is being reported that keeping mobile phones in the pocket, close to the upper thigh, is extremely deleterious to sperm production with resulting low sperm count and morphology.

Drug use/Alcohol

Anabolic steroids taken to stimulate muscle strength and growth can cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production to decrease. Use of cocaine or marijuana might reduce the number and quality of your sperm as well. Alcohol can lower testosterone levels and cause decreased sperm production.

Occupation

Certain occupations might be linked with a risk of infertility, including welding or those associated with prolonged sitting, such as truck driving. However, the data to support these associations are inconsistent.

Lifestyle

Men who smoke might have a lower sperm count than those who don’t smoke.

Also, obesity can impair fertility in several ways, including directly impacting sperm and by causing hormone changes.

Plastics

Bisphenol A, an additive to plastics found in many household products, can lower sperm count and motility. A 2008 study in the journal, Fertility and Sterility, showed that men with high concentrations of BPA in their urine also had low sperm counts. Food packaging is a major source of BPA which can seep into foods.

Pesticides

Scientists also noted that rural men who are mostly farmers who are exposed to pesticides tend to have low sperm count. The chemicals runoff gets into tap water and can disrupt hormonal processes.

Tumours

Cancers and nonmalignant tumours can affect the male reproductive organs directly, through the glands that release hormones related to reproduction, such as the pituitary gland, or through unknown causes. Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy to treat tumours can also affect male fertility.  (Punchng.com)

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Best Sex Positions To Conceive Twins, Easily |The Republican News

In terms of natural conception, twins occur in about one out of every 89 births. In other words, it’s not everyone who wishes to have a set of twins that can get them!

While those who have twins in their families are more likely to conceive twins, experts say many of us may just maintain wishes when it comes to these rare species of humans!

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However, sex experts are assuring that there are certain positions you can assume during sex, which can aid you in conceiving twins.

Try these styles and get back to us in nine months’ time!

Doggy style: Here, the woman will assume kneeling position, while the man will enter from behind.
Advantage: During sexual intercourse, the sperm is able to swim better and reach the cervix of the woman easily.

• Standing position. This enables the man to have deep penetration.
Advantage: The sperm can easily reach the egg.

• Missionary position. This will help the sperm to reach the egg easily. And it’s regarded as the best kind of sexual position. (Punchng.com)

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