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Auto Show Opens

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The Chrysler 700 C concept van is displayed on the final press preview day for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
The Chrysler 700 C concept van is displayed on the final press preview day for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

The North American International Auto Show opens in Detroit on Friday,

 it’s open to the press and dignitaries this morning.

GM is showing off over a dozen new models but topping the list is the reveal this morning of the brand new Corvette, which hasn’t been restyled in nearly a decade. GM CEO Dan Akerson really wants you to buy one.

He is really happy with the way it turned out, so happy that they have revived the “Stingray” name for the new version.

Pictures leaked onto the internet yesterday of the new version, which has exchanged its traditional smooth and sleek styling for a more angular look. With all the bells and whistles in the cockpit and 450 horsepower under the hood, they hope it will revive the sports car. GM only sold 16-thousand of them last year.

A new study conducted at Michigan State University has found concentration is critical in performing many jobs, and interruptions sharply lower a person’s ability to perform.

Psychology Professor Eric Altman had 300 college students perform a task that required concentration on a computer, periodically interrupting some for as briefly as a couple of seconds and leaving the others alone.  He found that their mistakes doubled.

It may not be critical if you are working a crossword, but if you are performing surgery, repairing an airliner or a teenager driving a car, and your smart phone rings, it could prove deadly.  

Altman concludes that to some extent our health and safety is dependent on how often those who are tasked with those missions are interrupted.

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