Getting started with the Dremel Laser Cutter: Before the beam

While we don’t have sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads, we do have a laser cutter. Welcome to the first article in our new series. It’s hard to believe we’ve been working with and exploring 3D printers for three years here on ZDNet. Before MakerBot sent me their early Replicator, I had never touched a 3D printer. That said, I was pretty jaded when it came to technology. I’d seen it all and done it all. But when we queued up that very first print on the Replicator, and it extruded a doll-size table out of a string of plastic, I once again felt the excitement. This was living in the future. Since that first print, I’ve introduced you to a bunch of 3D printers and we’ve done a bunch of 3D printing projects. We’ve seen how we can put that technology to work for genuinely useful projects. We’ve also printed a whole lot of Yoda heads (which I use as test prints and take-aways for visitors to the Fab Lab). Now, it’s time to start a whole new chapter. Over the past four or five months, I’ve been building and preparing the Fab Lab. We’ll be continuing to explore 3D printers in depth, while expanding our...

If you ever had trouble grasping the complexities of succession among lords and earls in the

If you ever had trouble grasping the complexities of succession among lords and earls in the posh society of Edwardian England, a new production at Saugatuck’s Mason Street Warehouse might help. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical offers a tongue-in-cheek look at how the other half lives and follows the twisted path of Montague “Monty” Navarro, as he murders his way to the top of the wealthy and powerful house of D’Ysquith. It has uproarious laughter and duplicitous romantic encounters supported by the soaring voices of a gifted cast. Don’t be put off by the body count of those who stand in Monty’s way. A powerful and engaging performance by Elliott Litherland ensures that Monty’s charm, good looks, and poise carry the day – and the audience’s sympathies. Besides, most of the people Monty kills seem to have it coming. Take Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, an insufferable do-gooder and society matron. To remove her from his path of succession, Monty, in the number “Lady Hyacinth Abroad”, suggests trips to assist the downtrodden in Egypt, India, and the Congo. When the plague and cannibals, fail to...

The September edition of Maison&Object, the design industry trade fair that attracts 3,000 exhibitors and more

The September edition of Maison&Object, the design industry trade fair that attracts 3,000 exhibitors and more than 85,000 visitors, just wrapped up in Paris. From September 6-10, attendees enjoyed access to the newest design products from leading brands and manufacturers around the globe. Trends spotted included over-the-top details and moody exuberance—lots of rich colors, dark woods, and lush velvets—as well as alabaster components for lighting and accessories and cane and fringe details. Here are 12 product highlights. Corsi Design artisans collaborated with Italian architect, interior designer, and art director Paola Navone to create One-More by Paola Navone, a range of vibrant vases in soft resin. Experimenting with the colors and reflections of Primavera ceramics from the South of France resulted in Tartan, a series of faceted vessels and bowls with unexpected patterns and textures. Based on a 2018 installation at the VitraHaus by design studio Raw-Edges, founded by Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer, the Herringbone Collection by Vitra embraces the technique of immersion dying to create a trio of products: pillows, vessels, and trees. Herringbone Pillows, shown here, feature ...

Sustainable Roofing Buyers’ Guide | Earth911.com Sustainable Roofing Buyers’ Guide

For most people, buying a new roof is one of the most important and expensive maintenance decisions for their biggest investment. For many homeowners, the cheapest option is always the default choice while others choose a style they like and leave the details to a contractor. It’s not always easy to find out who makes your roofing material. It can be even harder to find out if they recycle or work to minimize their environmental impact. But the impact of our roofing choices, both on our homes and on the environment, is too great to ignore. We’ve researched roofing materials and manufacturers to make buying an eco-friendly roof easier. Our results are far from comprehensive, but as more consumers begin to demand this information, more manufacturers will begin to provide it. When they do, we’ll update our sustainable roofing results. In this article, we consider the merits of the most common manufactured roofing materials. Natural roofing materials are not manufactured, so they are not included in the comparison chart. Asphalt is the cheapest option. It is so common that many people assume you are talking about asphalt shingles when you talk about roofing. Laminate shingles (also ...

The polls are in: here’s who won — and lost — last week’s debate

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are the top two candidates in the presidential race, according to most polls taken since last week’s debate. Of the five national polls taken since then, all show the former vice president continuing to lead, and four show Warren in second place — and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in third. (The fifth poll shows Sanders in second and Warren in third). A poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows Warren 11 points ahead of Sanders, but polls from HarrisX, SurveyUSA, and YouGov show her leading him by 1 to 4 points, and a Morning Consult poll shows her trailing Sanders by 2. On average, that’s a 3.2 percent margin for Warren over Sanders. That’s bigger than before, but it’s not clear whether it will hold up (or expand) in the coming weeks. As for the other candidates, the worst news is for California Sen. Kamala Harris. Every new national poll shows her clearly falling behind the top three candidates. In fact, she’s barely ahead of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in two polls, tied with him in a third, and trails him in the other two. And beyond the top five, Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke, and Cory Booker all have about 3 percent support each in...

How a High-Schooler Trying to Save Water Got a Crash Course in Engineering > ENGINEERING.com

YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Eighteen-year-old Tucker Sawyer of Hays County, TX, had a flash of inspiration while sitting in his high school chemistry class. Reflecting on the perennial issue of droughts in his home state, Sawyer realized that a lot of water is wasted as a by-product of combustion vehicles. If he could somehow collect and condense the water vapor released in combustion, he would be able to reclaim hundreds of millions of gallons of water per week. “I thought, wait a minute, we’re wasting hundreds of millions of gallons of water vapor all the time when we drive. Why don’t we do anything with that? And it took off from there,” Sawyer recounted. Sawyer’s idea was to affix a heat exchanger onto a vehicle’s exhaust system to collect the wasted water vapor. Little did he know, he was about to embark on a gruelling—but rewarding—engineering journey. Sawyer isn’t the type of person to have an idea and leave it at that. Ever since his tenth-grade chemistry class, he’s had a curiosity for science and the drive to apply his knowledge. That year, he ...

GJ Wholesale spirits that ‘could cause injury’ recalled from NSW, Queensland and the ACT

A company at the centre of an ABC investigation into the liquor industry has recalled several of its spirit brands, warning they could “cause injury if consumed”. Sydney-based GJ Wholesale warned its products bought in bottle shops around Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT should be returned, due to potential chemical contamination. The company’s “Los Cabos Tequila” was in June the subject of an ABC report, which revealed Mexican authorities were suspicious about the brand. Mexico’s Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT) which regulates the spirt, said it was “not linked” to the industry. The NSW Food Authority (NSWFA) launched an investigation into several brands of alcohol after the ABC’s report. “Consumers should not consume these products and should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.” The affected GJ Brands include Verushka Vodka, Mississippi Bourbon, Los Cabos Tequila, Yachtsman White Rum, Mudgee Rum, Barman’s Choice Whiskey, Hunter Brandy and Her Choice Gin. While tequila must originate in Mexico, the label on Los Cabos proclaims it is a “Product of Australia” and co...

Ceremony marking 77 years of the war against Japanese aggression – China.org.cn Live

Editor’s note:  Chinese leaders took part in a grand gathering in Beijing on July 7, 2014 to mark the 77th anniversary of beginning of the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression. No need to reload page, content updates automatically every two minutes. All time is Beijing Time (GMT+0800). History is history; facts are facts. If any people attempt to deny history, the Chinese people and the people in the world will not allow it. Regrettably, after nearly 70 years of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the world’s anti-fascist war, there are still some people who neglect the historical fact and millions of innocent lives lost in the wars, go against the tide of history and repeatedly deny or even whitewash the aggression history, damage international mutual trust and create regional tension, which trigger strong condemnation from peace-loving people of all countries including the Chinese people. In order to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the fight against the Japanese aggression, we will forever cherish that and rembmer them. In the most dangerous moment, China’s Communist Party upheld national interestes. Patriots ...