BorgWarner’s e-Booster Could Make Turbocharged Engines 10 Percent More Efficient

While any self-respecting futurist foretells a world of electric driving, the engineers dedicated to making the internal combustion engine ever more efficient aren’t throwing in the oily towel. Good thing, because electric cars remain years away from offering the affordability, performance, and practicality needed to truly displace conventional automobiles. Until that combination arrives, automakers will continue relying on the internal combustion engine. The challenge lies in keeping up with ever stricter emissions and fuel economy regulations in the US and Europe, while delivering the power and performance consumers demand. Automakers have several ways of doing that, and industry supplier BorgWarner just developed another. It’s called the e-booster, and the company claims it could improve fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent without a corresponding drop in performance, by making turbochargers even more effective. First, a word about turbochargers. They’re essentially a small turbine, driven by exhaust gasses, that forces more air into the combustion chamber. More oxygen means more power from the same amount of fuel. Voila, greater power without a decrease in f...

Editor’s note: Each year. Mining Engineering features an industrial minerals review. Several people put in a

Editor’s note: Each year. Mining Engineering features an industrial minerals review. Several people put in a fair amount of time in developing the material for this issue, all the while doing their own jobs. Thank you to the industrial minerals annual review editor, to the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division technical committee chair and vice-chairs, and to the authors of the individual commodity profiles. Rajesh Raitani, member SME,of Cytec Industries Inc., is chair of the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division’s Technical Committee. Their help makes possible this July industrial minerals issue. On behalf of ME readers, the editors thank them. Four companies – H.C. Spinks Clay Co., Inc., Imerys. Old Hickory Clay Co., and Unimin Corp. – mined ball clay in four states in 2013. On the basis of preliminary data, production was 1 Mt (1.1 million st) with an estimated value of $47 million. Production increased by 3 percent in tonnage from 973 kt (1.1 million st) with a value of $45.1 million in 2012. Tennessee was the leading producer accounting for 64 percent of domestic production, followed by Texas. Mississippi and Kentucky. About 67 percent ...

Elite’s new Suito is its competitively priced direct-drive, interactive trainer that’s designed to make training easy.

Elite’s new Suito is its competitively priced direct-drive, interactive trainer that’s designed to make training easy. Ready to use out of the box, it comes with an 11-speed Shimano 105 cassette fitted as standard, which is noteworthy because many similar priced units don’t include a cassette, and it will also work with 8-, 9- and 10-speed Shimano set-ups. I was impressed that the adaptors for 142mm thru-axles came in the box too, as does a front wheel block for levelling things out. Price-wise the Suito sits between the Tacx Flux S (£549 / $749 / AU$1,000) and Wahoo Kickr Core (£700 / $900 / AU$1,200), both of which don’t come with a cassette. The Suito also sits in the middle ground when it comes to weight, weighing 14.5kg compared with the Flux S at 23.6kg and the Kickr Core at 18kg. This makes it easy enough to move, especially with its carry handle, yet there’s enough weight to keep the unit stable when in use. I liked that there’s plenty of metal too in the casing, making it a robust trainer, which is important because these units are given a beating each session without much love. Everything is easy is from the off with the Suito; just fold out the legs, attach the power...

Best embroidery tools of 2019: Embroidery hoops, needles, & more

Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Learn more. I grew up in a home surrounded by embroidery. My first stitching was done as a cross-stitch ABC sampler. I drew out my design by hand on some linen and then stitched away. It was a bit wobbly, but I learned to refine my stitches and soon began to produce work that was good enough to share and sell. I’ve done freehand embroidery and counted cross-stitch with fine floss and crewel embroidery with heavier yarns. I’ve also followed grid patterns and stitched prestamped fabric to create Christmas stockings, pillow tops, framed pieces, and bedding. With each project, I learned more about stitching and also what I enjoyed doing and what I didn’t. One of the things I’ve learned is that having the right tools and supplies makes all the difference. While it’s great to try out embroidery with a starter kit like the Caydo Starter Embroidery Set, you’ll need to invest in more and better supplies if you decide to make stitching a lifelong hobby. In addition to the tools we rec...

Christopher Lee was Hammer Films’s most popular and versatile performer. Well, perhaps versatile isn’t quite the

Christopher Lee was Hammer Films’s most popular and versatile performer. Well, perhaps versatile isn’t quite the word for it. Even though Lee was equally effective in roles on either side of the good-evil dichotomy, he seemed uninterested in the territory of ambiguity. And again, that’s too hasty a judgment, because there’s something truly subversive about Lee’s intense way of bringing similar qualities to roles that either brandish the banner of virtue or vice. Fully capable of playing self-righteous Christian soldiers with the most granite of jaws as well as embodying the honeyed seductiveness of evil incarnate, Lee demonstrated how most continuums are less like straight lines with good and evil situated as far as possible from each other, but rather like a circle where extreme behavior is actually closest to exactly the thing it hates. Take Terence Fisher’s The Devil Rides Out, where Lee plays the Duc de Richleau, a modern-day warrior-saint against a cult of Satanists (led by the always silken Charles Gray) out to ensnare his surrogate son, Simon (Patrick Mower). From the first scene, where de Richleau arrives to meet their mutual friend, the skeptical Rex Van Ryn (Leon Green...

Do Air Purifiers Work? An Expert Explains If Air Purifiers Really Help With Allergies Artboard 1

The promise of an air purifier is an enticing one: An appliance designed to cleanse the air in your home, getting rid of all the impurities including odors, smoke, dust, and pet dander. Given the fact that indoor air can have levels of certain pollutants up to five times higher than outdoor air, we get it. But in reality, not all air purifiers necessarily live up to the marketing hype. Air purifiers usually consist of a filter, or multiple filters, and a fan that sucks in and circulates air. As air moves through the filter, pollutants and particles are captured and the clean air is pushed back out into the living space. Typically, filters are made of paper, fiber (often fiberglass), or mesh, and require regular replacement to maintain efficiency. That means, in addition to the purchase price of an air purifier, you should also factor in operating costs and filter replacement costs. Operational costs can easily amount to $50 annually, since you should be running air purifiers near constantly to garner the benefits. Filter replacements can run upwards of $100 a year all told. How frequently you will have to change filters varies based upon the purifier type and usage. Some filter...

Needlework exhibit continues tradition at Rehoboth Museum

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society’s Annual Needlework Exhibition has opened at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. More than 80 regional needle artists participate by submitting nearly 100 entries each year. The works were judged by National Academy of Needlearts certified judge Cindy Powell, and awards were given in 10 categories. Additionally, a Best in Show Award is given. The public is invited to visit the museum to view the show and to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. The exhibit continues through Sunday, Nov. 3. At 1 p.m. on that day, exhibit Chairwoman Dolores Andrew will give a presentation titled Italian Embroidery Treasures of the Renaissance. All members of the public are welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Call 302-227-7310 to reserve a seat. Birthday Present In addition, this year a local needlework group will hold a demonstration day Sunday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to see members of the Delaware Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild demonstrating their skills in needlepoint and cross-stitch. Members of the public are invited to experience handwork creations that reflect on the past and celebrate the present. No reservations...

LAPD Releases Video in Search for Thieves Who Broke Into Pico-Union School

Surveillance footage was released by the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday in the search for three thieves who broke into a school in Pico-Union. This still from surveillance video shows a trio of burglars who broke into a school in Pico-Union on Oct. 12, 2019. The video was released by LAPD on Oct. 22. The burglary suspects, a man and two women, walked into the campus located in the 2600 block of West 15th Street around 3 a.m. on Oct. 12 before taking off with several items, according to LAPD. Authorities have not released details about what was stolen. The video shows the trio, dressed in mostly dark-colored hoodies, walking through a hallway and leaving the building with some bags. They are described by police as 18 to 25 years old, standing between 5 feet, 1 inch and 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing around 140 to 160 pounds. Police said the man was wearing a crown over his head and one of the women was wearing a purple cape. Anyone with information can call police at 213-382-9450. During non-business hours or on weekends, LAPD officials can be reached at 877-527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or visit lacr...

Lightning launch new podcast, ‘The Block Party with Dan Girardi’

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today a new podcast series ‘The Block Party with Dan Girardi’, featuring the former Bolts defenseman along with co-host Seth Kushner. The new podcast series is available now on TampaBayLightning.com and wherever fans download their favorite podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio and more. Various guests with ties to the Lightning will be joining Girardi and Kushner each week on the Block Party. In the podcast debut, set to air on Wednesday, October 23, the two discuss Dan’s career and how he has adapted to retired life. Girardi, 35, skated in 927 career NHL games with the New York Rangers and Lightning, posting 56 goals and 264 points. He spent the past two seasons in Tampa Bay, becoming a fan favorite for his fearless play. Girardi is the NHL’s all-time leader for blocked shots with 1,954. Kushner is a Tampa Bay radio veteran of 18 years, most recently working at 102.5 The Bone as a radio personality. In the coming weeks the Block Party will be joined by Lightning Founder and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito as well as other Bolts players, alumni and personalities.  tam...

Japanese sports and streetwear brand Onitsuka Tiger staged its spring show in an indoor running stadium

Japanese sports and streetwear brand Onitsuka Tiger staged its spring show in an indoor running stadium on an island in Tokyo Bay. The festivities began with a marching band, wheel acrobatics and dancers who flew through the air doing backflips and the like. And with the 2020 Summer Olympics being hosted by Tokyo, creative director Andrea Pompilio drew inspiration both from the city and from past editions of the Games. “This season is a big homage to Tokyo because it’s going to be the Olympic Games of 2020,” Pompilio said. “The collection is going to be in the stores at that time, and that’s the reason why you see a lot of luggage. Because for me it’s like all the world is coming here and Tokyo has become a really big center of the world. For the Olympics but also because Tokyo at the moment is a really big center of creativity and a very inspiring city for so many people.” The luggage Pompilio mentioned was made of slick vinyl in the Olympic colors and emblazoned with either retro or modern looking logos. Shapes ranged from cosmetic bags to Boston bags. “Another big inspiration is about all historical and past Olympic Games from the Fifties to Sixties to Seventies. It’s a mix o...

Mexico and IMO 2020, what a tremendous pairing. The Mexican national oil company PEMEX has been

Mexico and IMO 2020, what a tremendous pairing. The Mexican national oil company PEMEX has been one of the few lucky free-riders of the US sanctions frenzy that saw most of Iranian and Venezuelan exports eliminated from the world markets. With heavy sour barrels rare and difficult to get, Mexico’s sulfurous crudes have become a sought-after commodity, both in the US Gulf Coast and Far East Asian demand hubs. Yet IMO 2020 might cut short PEMEX’s easy ride of the past couple of months, biting a chunk out of its refinery economics and export revenues. The Mexican NOC is cognizant of the upcoming risks and has amended its decades-old crude pricing formulae yet will it be enough? Last week PEMEX finalized its oft-mulled drive to revamp the pricing formula of its flagship crude Maya, surprising many with its ambitious scope. The previous Maya formula looked the following way: It incorporated the US Gulf Coast’s erstwhile sour leader West Texas Sour as well as Louisiana Light Sweet (38-39 API, 0.4 percent Sulphur), all the while mirroring the Gulf price of high-sulphur fuel oil. The latter’s inclusion is primarily due to the almost unprecedently high HSFO yield of Maya, standing at 39...

Horna Chaos: Antifa and Proud Boys Clash Over Black Metal Band With Alleged Nazi Ties

A Finnish black metal group has spurred protests in L.A. and New York over alleged ties to white nationalism. In 2006, a Finnish black metal guitarist named Ville Iisakki Pystynen recorded with a controversial, short-lived band called Blutschrei. That year, Pystynen—who tours under the moniker “Shatraug,” but has also gone by “Hellseeker,” “Ghoul,” “Fornicator” and, incredibly, “Malice Pooper”—played guitar on their first and only album. The record, The Voice of Forbidden Pride, featured tracks like “White Agony,” and lyrics like, “Mother Europe, here I stand, a proud son today and a white father tomorrow,” or “Let us take the course of time and turn our heads toward the rising of a better Reich.” Unsurprisingly, it led more than one metalhead to align Blutschrei and its members with a smallish, pro-Nazi subsect of black metal called National Socialist black metal, or NSBM. Years later, Pystynen is poised to begin a North American tour across 11 American cities with his other band, Horna (Finnish for, in a burst of originality, “hell”). But when a writer for the metal gossip site Metal Sucks addressed the group’s alleged NSBM ties, he sent music scenes on both coasts into confli...

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