The L84 5.3-liter V8 will be one of two 2019 Chevrolet Silverado engines equipped with General Motors’ new Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation system. Even if you’re only casually interested in automotive technology, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Cadillac’s ill-fated V8-6-4 engine, which became available for the 1981 model year. As its name suggests, the V8-6-4 engine could operate on all 8 cylinders, but shut down 2 or 4 cylinders as load demands allowed for improved fuel efficiency. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado The engine worked well in theory, but in practice proved problematic, as its computer management system proved unable to effectively process the data necessary to keep the cylinder-deactivation system in sync with power demands. What Was The Cadillac V8-6-4? The result was an unpleasant driving experience that fell far short of consumer expectations. Technology has come a long way since the V8-6-4’s debut. … [Read more...] about What is Dynamic Fuel Management?
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Start the Countdown Rooms of medical records may become a thing of the past. See more staying healthy pictures. Comstock/Thinkstock Medical professionals in the United States have invested in some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment in the world, but when it comes to keeping track of patients' medical histories, doctors and hospitals still rely primarily on pen and paper. Members of both political parties champion converting all of that paperwork into a comprehensive system of electronic medical records, and the government is finally providing incentives to make that dream a reality. The 2009 stimulus bill supplied funding for doctors and hospitals to upgrade their record-keeping systems, and President Obama has expressed that he'd like every American to have an electronic medical record by 2014 [source: Pear]. Why would the government make this investment? Analysts predict that electronic medical records could save the U.S. billions of dollars in health care … [Read more...] about 5 Benefits of Electronic Medical Records
Products like Basecamp are designed to help people manage projects through a Web service. ©2008 HowStuffWorks Anyone who has ever been in charge of a major project knows that keeping everything organized and on track is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure tasks are completed on time, but also you have to document your progress in case something goes wrong later. Whether the project involves physical labor or dealing with electronic files and records, you need to understand project management. In the good old days, people had to keep everything organized by hand. They'd use logbooks, calendars and paper files to plan, execute and document all the phases of a project. That meant they'd have to create a lot of paperwork, then find a place to store everything. To complicate matters, some companies have strict policies about keeping records for many years. It could be a challenge just to maintain an organized records system. Today, project managers can take … [Read more...] about Why are businesses investing in online project management?
As brands seem, more and more, to only care about “autonomy” and “cars as technology,” it’s nice when more driver-oriented features show up in even the most utilitarian of people haulers. Enter the 2019 Honda Pilot, which can animate its torque-management system in real time in front of the driver. (Full disclosure: I asked Honda if I could drive a Civic Type R, but the company didn’t have any in my state and sent me a 2019 Honda Pilot Elite to review instead. Even still, I’m rather enjoying being an SUV lady for a week.) Like most cars with digital displays, the Pilot has several options a driver can choose from where their gauge cluster would typically be tucked in behind the steering wheel. One of those display options is showing what Honda calls its Intelligent Variable Torque Management, a fancy name for the automaker’s all-wheel-drive system. It comes with an animation of the torque going to all four wheels—or just some … [Read more...] about Watching the 2019 Honda Pilot’s Torque Management System in Real Time Is Fascinating
The world's tallest living man, Sultan Kosen, poses in London in 2010 for a Guinness World Records ceremony. Dan Kitwood/Lee Rogers/Getty Images From the world's longest paper airplane flight to the world's largest beer tasting, Guinness World Records has tracked global achievements and oddities since the 1950s. The brand employs hundreds of people in locations ranging from London and New York to China and Japan who catalog pogo-stick races and unusually large cats with the same solemnity as summit climbs and Paralympic sports. So just how did Guinness, a Dublin, Ireland-based producer of a particularly notable stout beer, become involved in chronicling and adjudicating world records? The fact that the world record catalog authority and Guinness beer share a name is much more than a simple coincidence, although these days Guinness World Records and the beer company are no longer officially linked. While there's no record of anyone saying, "Hold my beer and watch this," there is a … [Read more...] about Ridiculous History: How an Irish Beer Became the Authority on World Records