Industrial lasers continue solid revenue growth in 2016

This report will again show strong growth, which runs counter to more modest gains reported in the global machine tool sector. Most of the world’s economies decreased in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, leading to unsettled times for the global manufacturing sector. Setting aside the normal up-and-down cycles of manufacturing, a number of factors occurred last year that affected the manufacturing economy. Globalization hit a wall, with foreign direct investment in rich economies dropping 40% from peak and international lending down 9% in the past two years. This concerned the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as nations turned inward, potentially worsening global malaise in manufacturing—specifically in the U.S., where the presidential election results sent a message of rising protectionism. The World Trade Organization slashed growth in global trade volumes to 1.7% and negative signs appeared, such as shipping containers falling 4% after four decades of double-digit expansion. Growth prospects for the global manufacturing economy continued to weaken, compounded by recent events such as the Brexit vote, terrorist attacks around the world, China’s delays...

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high: UN

The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN said Thursday, warning that the time to act was running out. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2′); }); Ahead of the COP 24 climate summit in Poland next month, top United Nations officials are again trying to raise the pressure on governments to meet the pledge of limiting warming to the less than two degrees Celsius, enshrined in the 2015 Paris accord. “Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth,” the head of the World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taalas said in a statement. In an open letter to all states ahead of COP24, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned of cataclysmic consequences if the world does not reverse course. “Entire nations, ecosystems, peoples and ways of life could simply cease to exist,” she said, citing evidence that nations are not on track to meet the commitments made in Paris. US President Donald Trump, who pulled his government out of the Paris agr...

HTC One (M8) review: a great phone, even if no longer a game-changer Engadget Engadget Close save share save share save share save share save share Page 1 Page 1 ear icon eye icon Fill 23 text file vr

Of course it should be. But does this year’s version of the One have what it takes? On paper, the answer is yes: It has a larger screen, offers two curious-looking rear camera sensors, boasts an improved version of HTC’s Sense UI and features a chassis with even more metal. It appears, then, that there’s a lot to love here, but it’s difficult to take our breath away twice in a row. Here’s what impressed — and what didn’t. The new One looks sharp, performs well, has solid battery life and improves on its predecessor in most categories. It’s still at the top of our list, but its slick finish makes it uncomfortable to hold. What’s more, we’d like to see some more improvements to the One’s display and HTC’s UltraPixel technology, which were once among the best in their class. We can’t remember the last time HTC made an unattractive flagship smartphone. In the last two years, the company has cranked out beautifully crafted unibody devices like the One X, One S and Windows Phone 8X. However, its crowning achievement was last year’s HTC One, also known as the M7. The phone’s fantastic industrial d...

Splash Aqua Park in south Wichita opens Memorial Day weekend

This week may not feel much like summer, but there’s one big indication — the size of a football field, in fact — that it’s fast approaching. As you round I-235 near Seneca — the same “swingaround” that prompted Marcus Lemonis to pick that spot for a Camping World and Gander Outdoors — you can see the water park taking shape this week. The playground of 78 inflatables — including swings, slides, trampolines, jumps, wiggle bridges and other fun — is connected by inflatable walkways. “This is like ‘American Ninja Warriors’ on the water,” said Cole Kalkbrenner, who is opening Splash with his wife, Erin. “We’re going to have 70,000 pounds on the bottom of that lake,” Kalkbrenner said. “We’ve really had to engineer a boat to drop those anchors.” Kalkbrenner said the process of creating the park isn’t as simple as plopping some inflatables in the water. “All of these things . . . take a lot of planning,” Kalkbrenner said. “We’ve had to make sure we didn’t have any debris in the water.” Placing the inflatables will take about a week, then there will be about a month of building the land infrastructure for the park. He said Camping World and Gander Outdoors are supposed to open in earl...

How to dress like one of those effortless summer girls

Some girls just seem to be born for long, hot summer days and wafting around in beer gardens. They float through heatwaves in dreamy midi dresses, or simple tees and denim cut-offs, with their glowing skin and natural, beachy hair. We spoke to some of our favourite summer girls to get their tips on effortless warm weather dressing, and picked out some new season pieces from Very’s holiday collection, to inspire our own summer wardrobes. “I love huge linen shirts over denim shorts, or white T-shirts tucked into baggy linen trousers,” says style blogger Lizzy Hadfield. “I’m not a huge follower of trends but one of the looks I am most excited for this summer are long slip dresses with some leather flip flops; really simple but chic. That’s how you make it look effortless – know what styles flatter you and keep the colour palette simple.” “I love co-ords, dresses and jumpsuits in bold colourful prints and, every now and then, I’ll add a dash of clean white summer linens,” explains New Yorker Cynthia. “And I’m all about my accessories, like layered gold necklaces (I like super yellow gold.) I’m also wearing anklets (ag...

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From manufacturing to interior design, Southland students show off their technical skills at state level

Some area high school and community college students are learning a new set of ABCs – with “A” standing for additive manufacturing, Adobe Photoshop and advertising; “B” for (commercial) baking and “C” for cabinetmaking. The non-traditional classes are intended to help relate academic work to employers’ needs while expanding students’ job-related skills. And it’s working in the Southland, if a recent state-wide competition in Springfield is any indication. The SkillsUSA Conference saw Homewood-Flossmoor students take first and second place in Automated Manufacturing Technology and Victor J. Andrew students take first and second place in Early Childhood Development and third place in Information Technology Services. Carl Sandburg students won first place in Fashion Design and first, second and third place in Interior Room Design, and Amos Alonzo Stagg students won second place in Adobe Photoshop and third place in Early Childhood Education and Bloom Trail students took first place in Practical Nursing, first place in Full-Service Auto and second place in Photography. “We’re trying to prepare kids for the next level,” said Sandburg teacher Chris Komer, who sponsors Sandburg’s Skil...

Master & Dynamic MW65 review: Almost the perfect headphones Engadget Engadget save share Close save share save share save share save share save share Page 1 Page 1 ear icon eye icon Fill 23 text file vr

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews). Master & Dynamic has been making some of the world’s best-looking headphones since 2014. The company uses premium materials like leather and anodized aluminum for its high-end products, while the competition settles for cheaper plastic even on flagship models. Despite a lineup that boasts on-ear, over-ear, in-ear, wired, wireless and true-wireless options, M&D still hadn’t entered a key category: active noise-cancellation. With the $499 MW65 introduced earlier this month, the company is making a belated debut, all while maintaining its premium style — and premium price. Master & Dynamic took its time to deliver a set of noise-cancelling headphones, and the wait was well worth it. They have a more refined design than most of the competition, but the MW65 are expensive. Even though the premium materials and stellar sound are better than many of M&D’s rivals, the pr...

IIT graduate and an IAS officer explains in detail why EVMs can’t be ‘hacked’ or ‘tampered’ with

Election Home PageOpinion Polls & SurveysPolling Phases & DatesLS Exit Polls (Live)LS 2019 Results (Coming) Andhra PradeshBiharChhattisgarhDelhiGoaGujaratHaryanaHimachal PradeshJammu and KashmirJharkhandKarnatakaKerala Madhya PradeshMaharashtraNorth East StatesOdishaPunjabRajasthanTamil NaduTelanganaUttar PradeshUttarakhandUnion TerritoriesWest Bengal WB Will SurpriseModi “need of the hour”Why vote for Modi?BJP ManifestoCong’s Confession of AnyayCongress Manifesto AnalysisModi on Cong, Left & CoRanvir Shorey’s Vote Appeal Numerous political parties and journalists and activists with hidden political agendas have attempted to discredit EVMs after Exit Polls hinted at a clear NDA victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Election Commission has issued several clarifications over the entire matter and assured that all protocols and guidelines are being followed. In spite of that, the ‘Compulsive Contrarians’ will choose to rather believe in their own versions of fantasy rather than objective reality. Bhavesh Mishra, IAS 2015 batch, B.Tech IIT Delhi, on Quora gave a detailed explanation regarding why EVMs cannot be ‘hacked’ or ‘tampered’ with. His detailed explanatio...

Solta Medical Launches Clear + Brilliant pelo™: A New and Innovative Linear-Scanning Technology for Laser Hair Removal

Ground-Breaking Partnership with German Medical Engineering, Inc. (GME) to develop and distribute best-in-class aesthetic energy devices featuring advanced optical scanning technology BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Solta Medical, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC today announced the availability of the Clear + Brilliant pelo™ laser in the United States, a sophisticated approach to permanent hair reduction. The launch of this device, which joins the comprehensive portfolio of Solta Medical’s aesthetic device solutions, follows a unique partnership with German Medical Engineering, (GME), a sophisticated leader in the development of high-performance aesthetic energy devices. “We are extremely excited to expand our portfolio of solutions and to be at the forefront of modern day technology and aesthetic offerings,” said Solta Medical General Manager Vladimir Paul-Blanc. “We believe in the science of linear scanning as developed by GME, and are confident it offers a significant advantage to current laser hair removal technology. We also believe this partnership with GME affirms Valeant’s commitment to bringing...

OnePlus 7 Pro boasts a 90Hz screen and a retractable camera

If you’ve shopped for an Android phone within the past six years, chances are you’ve come across OnePlus. The Shenzhen, China-based phone maker — the brainchild of former Oppo Electronics CEO Pete Lau and Carl Pei — rose to prominence because of its commitment to premium components at prices that undercut the competition. OnePlus’ execution hasn’t always been flawless — limited stock and an unintuitive ordering experience soured early launches — but it never compromised on the asking price, even as the cost of flagships from rivals Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony, and others crept slowly upward. Since the debut of the OnePlus 2, OnePlus has stuck to a twice-a-year release cycle. In the spring, it announces a phone with substantial hardware and software upgrades over the previous generation, and in the fall it releases a refreshed variant of this phone with subtler improvements. This spring is no different, save one thing: OnePlus revealed two flagship devices instead of one. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro were made official today at an event in New York City, but only the 7 Pro will be available stateside. Its headlining features include a display with a 90Hz refresh rate, upgraded...