At 96, the American-born, Italy-based sculptor Beverly Pepper has spent six decades bending metal to her

At 96, the American-born, Italy-based sculptor Beverly Pepper has spent six decades bending metal to her will and rewriting the rules of modern art. IT’S EARLY ONE APRIL morning in Todi, Italy, and the installation is already underway: the four sculptures in pieces on a flatbed truck in the deserted piazza; the dawn sky lit a dramatic ombré, like a Giorgio de Chirico painting. Within the hour, the town begins to wake: flocks of schoolchildren, men and women oblivious to the russet-colored steel monoliths — each around 33 feet high and weighing about eight tons — slowly rising in their midst. The artist arrives, observing the scene from a small white car tucked in a corner of the piazza. “I get goose pimples,” she says. “It’s been 40 years.” It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1979, when the American sculptor and environmental artist Beverly Pepper first created the columns for this ancient Umbrian hill town, their presence was controversial. Monumental contemporary sculpture was novel here then, and Todi’s modest square, which dates at least to the 11th century, is itself a sacred space: The evening I arrived, I was met by the face of Christ, his blurry visage projected on the duom...

High flexibility Festo PUN-H tubing resisting hydrolysis and microbes

Polyurethane-based tubes are highly popular in standard applications primarily due to their excellent flexibility. However, depending on the base material, some PU-based tubes experience hydrolytic destruction when used with water or water mixtures. These tubes are also at risk of being attacked by metabolic products of microbes in moist environments, destroying the tube material and causing leakage. Festo has now introduced the PUN-H-T, a highly flexible transparent tubing product that eliminates both hydrolysis and microbial risks. Festo PUN-H tubing uses a base material perfect for standard pneumatic applications. The polyurethane material exhibits high resistance to both hydrolysis and microbes, allowing the tube to be used in locations with high air humidity as well as wetness. The PUN-H tube is also recommended for the food industry as it’s made from an FDA- and EU10/2011-listed base material. The improved material properties of the PUN-H tube include outstanding flexibility and easy installation; suitable resistance to hydrolysis and microbes; excellent ageing and UV resistance; improved chemical resistance; and strength under reverse bending stresses ideal for energy cha...

Govt Launches Programme for Converting Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel in 100 Cities

New Delhi: State-run oil marketing companies IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum on Saturday launched a programme to procure biodiesel made from used cooking oil in 100 cities across the country. The programme was formally launched by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, under which the three OMCs would invite expression of interest from private entities for setting up plants to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil. Initially, the biodiesel would be procured by the OMCs at an assured rate of Rs 51 per litre, which would be increased to Rs 52.7 in the second year and Rs 54.5 per litre in the third year. The minister also launched Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) sticker and a mobile phone application for collection of used cooking oil (UCO) to ensure that it does not come back to ecosystem. The sticker would affixed by the food joints, hotels and restaurants in their premises to show that they supply UCO for producing biodiesel. Addressing an event to mark ‘World Biofuel Day’ here, Pradhan said, “Biodiesel is available in many forms other than used cooking oil. It is waste to wealth. We will celebrate World Biofuel Day as a...

EL CAJON — There is a scene in the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane” where an

EL CAJON — There is a scene in the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane” where an exuberant millionaire playboy Kane (Orson Welles) exclaims, “I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.” The context here being that publishing a paper is nothing more than a simple diversion. EL CAJON — There is a scene in the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane” where an exuberant millionaire playboy Kane (Orson Welles) exclaims, “I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.” The context here being that publishing a paper is nothing more than a simple diversion. In local terms, Robert Zakar, who was raised in a family of merchants and has successfully operated gas stations, grocery outlets and convenience stores, decided to take a left turn and delve into — well, for lack of a better term — the body transport business. “When people pass away, we will take the deceased to a hospital or funeral home,” Zakar said. “My brothers would handle the actual transportation, while I would do the marketing and accounting. “At first, I did not want anything to do with removing bodies, it seemed pretty creepy to me; but when I thought about it, I realized that it was about the loved ones left behind,” he said. “I foun...

Panel Systems has announced that it is now the UK distributor for Alucoil’s Larcore aluminium honeycomb

Panel Systems has announced that it is now the UK distributor for Alucoil’s Larcore aluminium honeycomb panels. Larcore is an A2 fire-rated structural panel combining high load performance with low weight, and is used in a range of industries including transport and marine.The panels are manufactured in a continuous process, with an aluminium honeycomb core and aluminium skins which are coated with a primer suitable as a finished surface or for further processing, including colour coatings.As well as offering standard Larcore panels, the Sheffield-based distributor says it can fabricate the material for bespoke applications, including structurally bonding the panels to additional finishes, creating sandwich panels and cutting to shape with CNC machining. Larcore is an A2 fire-rated structural panel combining high load performance with low weight, and is used in a range of industries including transport and marine. The panels are manufactured in a continuous process, with an aluminium honeycomb core and aluminium skins which are coated with a primer suitable as a finished surface or for further processing, including colour coatings. As well as offering standard Larcore panels, t...

Beer Brewing Equipment Market: Regional Industry Segmentation, Analysis by Production, Consumption, Revenue and Growth Rate by 2025

The market study on the global Beer Brewing Equipment market will encompass the entire ecosystem of the industry, covering five major regions namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa, and the major countries falling under those regions. The study will feature estimates in terms of sales revenue and consumption from 2019 to 2025, at the global level and across the major regions mentioned above. The study has been created using a unique research methodology specifically designed for this market. Quantitative information includes Beer Brewing Equipment market estimates & forecast for a upcoming years, at the global level, split across the key segments covered under the scope of the study, and the major regions and countries. Sales revenue and consumption estimates, year-on-year growth analysis, price estimation and trend analysis, etc. will be a part of quantitative information for the mentioned segments and regions/countries. Qualitative information will discuss the key factors driving the restraining the growth of the market, and the possible growth opportunities of the market, regulatory scenario, value chain & supply chain a...

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Some of you asked for a professional-grade surge protector tear-down when I started taking these apart nearly a year ago. Well, that time has come. I poked a handful of manufacturers back in February to see if any might be interested in sending samples, got a bite from Electronic Systems Protection, received its SA-1810 in April and now we get to go in for a tour. The SA-1810 is ESP/SurgeX’s entry-level offering with the most built-in outlets. If the brand name sounds unfamiliar to you, you may be shocked by its $400 street price and be curious to find out why it is so expensive compared to typical surge suppressors. For people who have no idea who ESP is, the company originally started doing power conditioning for office equipment in 1985 when power quality issues were causing abnormally high service call frequency on the first generations of electronic copiers and other equipment. As for SurgeX, the company started in 1995 by introducing the concept of series-mode protection using non-sacrificial surge clamping components, which are still the two main features it’s known for today. ESP bought SurgeX in 2010, so I’ll be using SurgeX, ESP and ESP/SurgeX interc...

We brought together a team of experts and wrote the definitive guide to everything you need

We brought together a team of experts and wrote the definitive guide to everything you need to know about threat intelligence. Whether you work in vulnerability management, incident response, or another part of cybersecurity, our book has something for you. Get your free copy of “The Threat Intelligence Handbook” now. We have some further notes from last week’s Billington CyberSecurity Summit linked below. The conference’s call to action was heavily answered by US Federal organizations who seem to have devoted some thought to interagency cooperation (particularly between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security). And they’re also devoting a great deal of time and attention to securing the 2020 elections. It would appear that, whatever Congress does or doesn’t do in the way of election security legislation, the Executive agencies have found more than enough authorities and intelligence to get to work on the challenge. Over the weekend Wikipedia sustained a cyberattack that took it offline in several countries. Computing calls the outage the result of a large distributed denial-of-service attack affecting Europe and the Middle East. The Wikimedia Fo...

Recon: China Eases Drug Import Rules; GSK Licenses Two Hep B Candidates From Ionis

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The best online shopping days of the year are almost here, and that means tons of

The best online shopping days of the year are almost here, and that means tons of Prime Day kitchen and home deals are headed your way soon. On July 15 and 16 (a full 48 hours this year, for the first time ever), Amazon Prime members will be able to exclusively shop over one million products at incredible discounts, which will include all sorts of goodies for your home. Been wanting to try a SodaStream or Ancestry.com? Desperately in need of a new vacuum cleaner? Now’s your chance to take advantage of some impressive mid-summer discounts. Exclusively for Prime members, Amazon Prime Day is a great excuse to try out a membership if you’ve been thinking about getting one. In fact, Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial for new members. Otherwise, the fee is $119/year or $12.99/month, and membership comes with all sorts of cool benefits. We are talking free two-day shipping (or better) via UPS, special deals at Whole Foods, unlimited video streaming, early access to Lightning Deals, and much more. I have gotten a sneak peek at some of Amazon Prime Day’s kitchen and home discount offerings rolling out and am excited to share them with you. The discounts you see belo...

Sennheiser launches XS Wireless Digital system in the Middle East

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news and stories in the telecommunications space in the Middle East and Africa straight to your inbox. Sennheiser today launched its XS Wireless Digital series in the region. Though positioned as an entry level system for musicians and videographers in the Middle East, the XSW-D incorporates many features typically seen in top-grade microphone systems such as one-touch synchronization, low audio latency, and automatic frequency management. The ability to combine currently available transmitters and receivers will allow users to opt for a wireless link that works with their existing microphone investments, or to select a fully-equipped wireless microphone sets. “With the XSW Digital, we’ve delivered everything a budget-conscious artist or first time wireless user could hope for – excellent live sound that’s extremely easy to set up, delivered at an extremely attractive price point,” explained Mig Cardamone, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sennheiser Middle East. “Be it a musician who wants to move on stage freely, or a content creator looking to enjoy wireless freedom and flexibility- getting started with prof...

Global Epoxy Resin Coatings Market Growth, SWOT Analysis , Trends & Forecast (2019

“Epoxy Resin Coatings market report 2019 to 2024” is the definitive study of the global Epoxy Resin Coatings market. The report content includes orientation technology, industry drivers, geographic trends, market statistics, market forecasts, producers, and equipment suppliers of Epoxy Resin Coatings industry. Access Global Epoxy Resin Coatings Market Research Report Details at: at https://www.pioneerreports.com/report/132875    The overviews, SWOT analysis and strategies of each vendor in the Epoxy Resin Coatings market provide understanding about the market forces and how those can be exploited to create future opportunities. Request for Sample Copy of this Epoxy Resin Coatings Market Report at https://www.pioneerreports.com/request-sample/132875  Production Analysis: SWOT analysis of major key players of Epoxy Resin Coatings industry based on a Strengths, Weaknesses, company’s internal & external environments. …, Opportunities and Threats. . It also includes Production, Revenue, and average product price and market shares of key players. Those data are further drilled down with Manufacturing Base Distribution, Production Area and Product Type. Major points like Competitiv...