Elevating the Electric Car

There are many bad reasons a good idea—the electric car—still hasn't gained traction. Among the thornier issues has been The Charge Problem—or...

There are many bad reasons a good idea—the electric car—still hasn't gained traction. Among the thornier issues has been The Charge Problem—or as Andrew Antar puts it, the lack of an "available and prevalent charging infrastructure" for keeping cars juiced. Antar is the young entrepreneur behind Elecar, a planned system of personal and public charging units that he hopes will standardize the process. Antar's vision? "A full line of charging products, from 220V retractable-cord wall-mounted home charger units to publicly installable units to wireless pedestals," he says. The units will work with all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Antar's vision—to build an extensive network of charging units—is grand in scale, but that's the point: To do this small is not to do it. And perhaps the most intriguing feature of Antar's concept isn't his plan to standardize units. It's his effort to, in a sense, standardize the driving and trip-planning process for electric car owners. His units will send data to a website where drivers can monitor their charges. Niftier yet: "[They'll] text drivers when a charge is complete, and route them to the nearest available charging stations," he says.

It's enticingly grand talk, and Antar admits a full rollout is still likely a couple years—and financing rounds—off. But with the scope of its integrations, Elecar seems to do battle with what may be the electric car's biggest issue: People haven't been sure how owning one would work.

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A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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Me Too Kit

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Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

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When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

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Fox News and President Trump seem like they may be headed for a breakup. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be," Trump told reporters in August after one of the network's polls found him trailing for Democrats in the 2020 election.

"There's something going on at Fox, I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it," he continued.

Some Fox anchors have hit back at the president over his criticisms. "Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don't work for you," Neil Cavuto said on the air. "I don't work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you."

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