A Bright Future for Thermally Conductive Plastics : Plastics Technology

Lighter weight, lower cost, and greater impact strength, moldability and customization are rapidly driving demand for thermoplastics that help keep electronics, lighting and car engines cool. PolyOne’s thermally conductive compounds are used in automotive and E/E applications such as LED lighting, heat sinks and electronic enclosures. Among Covestro’s thermally conductive Makrolon PC offerings are grades for LED lamps and heat sinks. RTP’s thermally conductive compounds are used in housings like this battery case, as well as heat sinks and more integrated heat-spreading components. OEMs in industries such as electrical/electronics, automotive, lighting, medical devices, and industrial machinery have been hot for thermally conductive thermoplastics for several years now, as they seek new solutions for applications that include heat sinks and other heat-removal devices, LED enclosures, and electric battery housings. Industry studies have indicated these materials are growing by double digits, driven by new applications like all-electric vehicles and complex automotive and large commercial LED lighting assemblies. Thermally conductive plastics are challenging more traditional mate...

Anchorage ordinance would speed up homeless camp removal during high fire danger – KTVA 11

The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance designed to protect neighborhoods near parks and greenbelts from fires started by homeless campers. Meg Zaletel, sponsor of the ordinance who represents Midtown, says she considers it a matter of public safety to make the changes to municipal code to address wildfire risk when fire danger is high. “It is fully a public safety ordinance,” Zaletel said. “It’s meant to one: Keep people safe who are living near where encampments may be. And two: Keep people who are camping in the woods safe. If it’s not safe for someone to be there because of increased fire danger, we don’t want you there.” The ordinance gives the Anchorage Fire Department chief the ability to declare parts of town “wildfire danger areas” that require mitigation for public safety. Depending on the circumstances, camps in the danger zone can be cleared out more quickly than the 10-day notice required now. Camps located in a wildfire danger area could be abated in 72 hours. Camps in the danger zone when both a burn ban is in effect and fire-making implements are present could be cleared out with just 24-hours notic...

Happy Birthday Jack White: Revisiting his 2009 interview with Hot Press

To celebrate his 44th birthday, we’re revisiting Jack White’s interview with Stuart Clark, originally published in Hot Press in 2009. It’s nigh on impossible to keep things secret from the online rock ‘n’ roll community, but somehow word of Jack White flying in to be presented with an Honorary Patronage by the Trinity College Philosophical Society has managed to elude the bloggers, tweeters and other hi-tech whistleblowers who delight in bringing this sort of thing to the cyberpublic’s attention. Not that there isn’t mayhem around campus as students try to ensure that they’re among the lucky 250 who get into the Graduates’ Memorial Building to see The White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather man receive his gong and then bare his soul on stage to yours truly who’s Jeremy Paxman for the night. Arriving a decidedly un-rock ‘n’ roll five minutes early, Jack looks super-sharp in, white buckled winklepickers aside, an all-black ensemble which one suspects is a homage to his filmic hero Orson Welles. At 6’2” he’s as physically imposing as he is dapper-looking, and a lot leaner than he was when he first decamped to Nashville and was too frequent a visitor to all those fried ch...

DIY a Fabric Hoop Lamp in Less Time Than It Takes to Shop for One

The 14-foot ceilings in Michele Dopp’s new Brooklyn apartment gave it a spacious, breezy feel, but finding the right lighting to suit would require a subtle hand. “We needed a fixture in the bedroom that was visually light,” says the textile designer and founder of Fabric and Steel, “but we were having a hard time finding what we wanted.” No surprise she turned to fabric. Her husband picked up an inexpensive drum shade that they took apart, put back together with tomato vine stakes to make it larger, and then covered with a spare yard of linen left over from one of her designs. The result—a casual, fabric-covered hoop lamp that’s proportionate to the tall ceilings but not too heavy for the intimate space—came together seamlessly and could be easily recreated even if you aren’t a textile designer. Here’s how to make one yourself. -Two 16-inch lampshade rings, one top (has a washer in the middle) and one bottom (just a ring). Alternatively, yes, you can start with a 16-inch drum shade and take it all apart like Michele did, but starting with just the parts is cheaper and easier.-Three 24-inch tomato vine stakes-epoxy putty-a yard of ...

Project: TR7′s cylinder head needed quite a bit of work after all. And, not surprisingly, it

Project: TR7′s cylinder head needed quite a bit of work after all. And, not surprisingly, it will be the most expensive part of returning the car to the road. I use Automotive Machine – http://www.automotivemachine.net/ – a local Detroit-area shop that is just as comfortable working on a Chevrolet LS1 as it is a TR7. Two of the exhaust guides were worn out of spec. I had them all replaced with bronze guides, which are supposed to reduce friction and help the valves run a little cooler. The TR7 head needs all the help it can get, so even a minor upgrade could pay dividends. The bronze guides were twice as much as the stock ones but should never again need replacing. Three helicoils were installed in the exhaust port flanges, the valves were given a three-angle grind and the head needed to be milled 0.007 of an inch to be made completely flat. The machinist also milled the exhaust ports. The head came back looking like new, but there was still work to do. On my workbench, I installed Project: TR7′s mild performance cam, which is supposed to deliver a little extra kick at around 3,000 rpm. That job took a fair bit of time and effort. Underneath each tappet r...

Despite the increasing popularity of magnet implants, there are only two shapes commonly chosen: discs for

Despite the increasing popularity of magnet implants, there are only two shapes commonly chosen: discs for potency and cylinders for practicality. Because these implants function by displacement of the densely innervated fingertips, hands, and less often tragi, discs are the most common. A disc shape can be seated unobtrusively and yet provides a broad area of displacement in response to nearby fields. Cylinders are most often chosen for ease of implantation as an appropriately sized model can be implanted with use of an RFID injector. Many are intimidated with the idea of opening up and undermining their own flesh. The injection method is undeniably simpler and due to simplicity less likely to end in infection or rejection. Jeffrey Tibbetts is a researcher with SFM, an independent team dedicated to making the tools and resources of science more available to the layperson. For more information go to Scienceforthemasses.org Joining Humanity+ as a Full, Plus or Sponsor Member enables you to participate in Humanity+ governance and decision-making – an important role in the growing Transhumanist movement. It also, of course, gives you the opportunity to support us in the work...

Kamaz : Pabrikan Truk Rusia Yang Akan Berinvestasi di Indonesia

AutonetMagz.com – Kalau kita bicara masalah otomotif di Russia, maka ada satu nama pabrikan yang cukup terkenal, yaitu Lada. Nah, namun Lada sendiri memang tak dijual di Indonesia, karena memang tak masuk ke tanah air. Lalu, apakah ada merk asal Rusia yang masuk ke Indonesia? Jawabannya adalah, Ada. Yap Merk ini sendiri bernama Kamaz, dan merk Kamaz sendiri adalah perusahaan yang memproduksi truk. Yuk kita bahas lebih lanjut. Mengutip pemberitaan via CNN Indonesia, Kamaz adalah produsen truk terbesar di Rusia yang sudah menjual produknya di Indonesia sejak tahun 2014 silam. Lumayan lama untuk tidak disadari. Yap, nama Kamaz sendiri memang masih cukup asing di telinga kita, namun kenyataannya brand ini sudah eksis selama 4 tahun di negeri kita tercinta. Pada tahun 2014 silam, Kamaz sendiri masuk ke tanah air dengan menggandeng PT Tehnika INA dan PT Pindad. Dan selama ini pihak Kamaz sempat meminta kepada Gabungan Industri Kendaraan Bermotor Indonesia (Gaikindo) untuk ikut serta dalam GIIAS, seperti yang disampaikan oleh Sekretaris Jendral Gaikindo Bapak Kukuh Kumara. Namun sayangnya, kala itu Kukuh menyatakan bahwa kuota eksibitor sudah penuh dan tak memungkinkan untuk menambah p...

The Case For Steel: Here’s Why Stainless Steel Is The Most Precious Metal For Watches (Archive)

In the world of watches, especially with regards to collecting, rarity is a large factor contributing to the cost of a luxury timepiece. The reason is because rarity is almost always an implied condition that seems beyond control – like it just happens. The reality is usually never that simple, especially with new timepieces. But the effect leads to valuing rarer watches, materials, and even techniques more than others of relatively equal standing. That statement is bound to draw disagreement, and such disagreement is perfectly justifiable. Rarity and the assumed value based on rarity are all tied to emotion. Emotion is a perfectly valid reason to value something, otherwise humans would never fall in love, fight for their country, or sacrifice anything for the good of others. But through the years I have come to discover that I am often a pragmatist and therefore making decisions based solely on emotion usually doesn’t work out. So in the world of watches and collecting I end up standing on the opposite side of the fence from the majority. That is why today I am offering up another edition of “Here’s Why” in which I focus on what I consider to be the most precious metal in watch...

Records Show Montgomery’s Involvement in Child Sex Abuse Bill

Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. In February, State Senator Paul Boyer wanted to ensure that his bill to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse would be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee chair, Republican State Senator Eddie Farnsworth, told Boyer to bring in County Attorney Bill Montgomery, emails obtained via public records requests show. “I need you to reach out to Bill Montgomery for a meeting with him, myself and Eddie Farnsworth about my Statute of Limitations bill, 1255,” Boyer wrote his executive assistant, Tracey Gardner, in an email on Tuesday, February 12. “This needs to happen before Friday [February 15] as that’s the deadline for Judiciary to post their agenda and I want to get it on the agenda. I’ve been working with Eddie and he asked me to bring in Bill.” Fifteen minutes later, Gardner responded, “Done.” The meeting was set up for Thursday, February 14, to be held in Farnsworth’s office, she wrote. That exchange and others offer more evidence and insight into the influence of Montgomery, the county’s top prosecutor and a staunch R...

Cal Athletics: Who Are the Bears’ Greatest All-Time Two-Sport Athletes?

Cal’s athletics history is headlined by a long list of star performers, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, point guard Jason Kidd and Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin. In the age of specialization, athletes such as current football/baseball player Brandon McIlwain are increasingly rare. But we found some great ones who have competed in Berkeley dating back more than a century. We rank a dozen of the best here: The clear choice for No. 1 on our list, Jensen was Cal’s first 1,000-yard rusher, played in both the Rose Bowl and the College World Series and went on to earn 1958 American League MVP honors while playing in the Boston Red Sox outfield alongside Ted Williams. Jensen was a first-team All-America running back in 1948 on his way to rushing for 1,703 yards in his Hall of Fame college career. The Oakland native was twice a baseball All-American and pitched Cal to one of its wins in its run to the 1947 College World Series title over Yale and future President George Bush. He rose to the top in the major leagues in ’58 when he hit 35 home runs and drove in an AL-best 122 runs. A two-time football All-American, Muller was the centerpiece of coach Andy Smith’s “Wonder Teams,” wh...

2017 medical device outlook: Fast changing, profitable, full of growth

Accelerated design, advanced manufacturing technologies are key to meeting the challenges of the fast-changing market. As we enter 2017, the medical device market must adapt to constant changes in the medical landscape to continue its consistent growth. The demand for more advanced, more personalized treatment; increased availability of healthcare; and an aging population are pushing the market and expanding technologies. These advancements require accelerated design and production to get products to market quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Along with strong growth projections, the rapid pace of advancements continues to alter the look of the industry. Analysts see further convergence of design and manufacture, driving the growth of medical device contract manufacturing/outsourcing; continuing new entrants into the market as technologies further integrate into devices; and in the United States, a wild card may come into play as policies are unveiled from a new administration. Indicators show that the global market for medical device outsourcing should grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.60%, reaching $40.8 billion by 2018. Competition among medical devi...

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