2019 Lexus LS 500 F-Sport Review – A Peculiar Development in Big Sedan Land

Prices include $1,025 destination charge in the United States and $2,202 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared. A big luxury sedan is sedate, ponderous, and numb. Insulation from everything outside the cockpit is paramount. Arriving refreshed and relaxed is the order of the day in this class of car. The little F-Sport badge on the tail of this 2019 Lexus LS 500 changes everything. While one can still chauffeur grandma to church in class and comfort, after she’s been dropped off that drive can quickly change from refreshing to invigoration with a turn of a knob. The idea of a LS F-Sport is nearly as absurd as that of a Miata Brougham with a padded vinyl roof and opera windows. It’s a Brooks Brothers suit with a pair of Brooks running shoes. I’m a little disappointed that Lexus fitted this twin-turbo V6 to the LS, rather than keep some coupe/sedan harmony by dropping in the raucous, naturally aspirated V8 from the incredible LC coupe. I get it, though – the turbo six is a more refined, quieter engine than the blue-light-attracting twin-cam V8, better suited to the typical luxury sedan buyer...

Illinois Could Raise EV Registration Fee To $1,000, Hike Gas Tax

Tsvetana is a writer for Oilprice.com with over a decade of experience writing for news outlets such as iNVEZZ and SeeNews.  A bill at the Illinois legislature proposes to raise the annual registration fee for electric vehicles (EV) from US$17.50 to US$1,000 and to more than double the gas tax from 19 cents to 44 cents per gallon, under a plan to fund infrastructure advanced by Democrat State Senator Martin Sandoval. According to the bill, introduced at the Illinois General Assembly, owners of fully electric vehicles “shall register the vehicle for a fee of $1,000 for a one-year registration period,” under the proposal that strikes out the current “In no event may the registration fee for electric vehicles exceed $18 per registration year.” The bill also proposes to increase significantly the gas tax in the state, as well as the license fees. The proponent of the bill, Martin Sandoval, argues that this is a plan to raise funding for much needed infrastructure improvements in the state, while EV owners and gasoline car owners alike are unhappy with the proposed legislation, for different reasons. “We haven’t updated our gas tax since 1990. We haven’t had a capital bill in over 10...

What You Need to Know to Make World-Class Stretch Film : Plastics Technology

Advances in materials, feedblock/die technologies, and winding can help processors develop more sophisticated cast-stretch products. Nanolayer feedblock and die package from Cloeren. Nanolayer feedblocks are considerably larger than conventional coex blocks. For dies, flow-channel shapes had to be reexamined, and precision of tolerances had to be tightened up, in order to meet the process demands associated with such thin layers Here, a 17-micron LLDPE reference film is compared with a 15-micron, seven-layer film comprising Exceed mPE resins and Vistamaxx polymers. The thinner, 15-micron film delivers physical properties similar to those of the 17-micron film, as highlighted by the blue line in the center spider chart. The chart at the bottom demonstrates that the holding force of the thinner, 15-micron film is almost equivalent to that of the 17-micron reference film, despite the weight of the film being considerably less. Also, the 15-micron film breaks at a higher tension than the 17-micron reference film during a pallet-wrapping test Here, a 17-micron LLDPE market reference film is compared with a 15-micron nanolayer film comprising Exceed mPE resins and Vistamaxx polymers. ...

Leyard and Planar Announce Next-Generation Planar LookThru Transparent OLED Display

The new 55-inch display, suitable for both standalone and tiled installations, unlocks unique, eye-catching applications Leyard and Planar, global leaders in visualization products, today announced the next-generation Planar® LookThru™ Transparent OLED Display, which leverages the latest in transparent organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to provide a self-emitting transparent display for true see-through installations without the need for backlighting or enclosures. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190529005029/en/ The new Planar LookThru display builds on the frameless glass design of the original version, enabling customers to overlay digital content and imagery over actual objects to create unique, eye-catching installations. Suitable both as a standalone product and for tiled installations, the 55-inch display is ideal for a wide range of applications including retail merchandising, corporate displays, museum exhibits, award and trophy cases, and tradeshow exhibits. Leyard and Planar will showcase the Planar LookThru at InfoComm 2019. “The customer demand for a next-generation Planar LookT...

39 Affordable Things On Amazon You’ll Use Over & Over Again

I’ll never forget my first pair of silicone oven mitts. When you love to cook and you’re more than a little accident-prone, silicone gloves are a life-saver. I got mine from my former mother-in-law — but because this list of affordable things on Amazon you’ll use on the daily includes a pair, today’s your lucky day. Yep, these gloves should definitely earn “Add to Cart” status. Then there’s this coffee grinder that means you can be as picky as you want to be when it comes to your morning Joe: Seriously — it has 17 different settings. Finally, if you’ve always wanted to one of those clocks that uses your circadian rhythms to wake you up with light but don’t want to come too far up out of your pocket to see if they really work, now’s your chance… this one’s on the list for around $40. If you need any more incentive to check out these selections, let me break it down a little more for you: These aren’t impulse buys that will come in, get you all excited, and then sit in your bathroom or your kitchen pointlessly gathering dust. Since you’ll use them over and over again, you can divide their already-l...

New LaserPro DFS Features 3-Axis Galvo Technology Register ico-close ico-supplier ico-white-paper-case-study ico-product ico-cad

GCC, a truly innovative company, is dedicated to help your business grow. Providing total solution in one-stop service to suit different customers demand is always our goal. It’s also the reason that we proactively tap Post-Press market by our new production line – Digital Finishing Equipment (DFE). DFE, this new product line uses the state-of-the-art laser technology as the basis for development and provides customers with various digital press applications. After launching AFJ (automatic sheet feeding), LabelExpress / DecalExpress (digital laser die cutter) which we received a lot of positive feedbacks from customers saying their demand of sheet/roll cutting applications are well satisfied. In addition, here we are introducing the latest products – DFS & DFS-Eco which propel DFE series to new heights. LaserPro DFS, our most technologically advanced 3-Axis Galvo, provides you the highest cutting speed & capability, suitable for paper finishing, packaging, label, promotion item…etc. industries. It definitely can assist you to expand your business spectrum. 3-Axis Galvo Technology – 3-axis scan head provides big size of working area with smallest spot size, ma...

This Contributor Agreement (“Agreement”) is by and between Jaws Communications LLC, a Delaware limited liability company

This Contributor Agreement (“Agreement”) is by and between Jaws Communications LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Website Operator”) and you, an individual (“Contributor”). A. Contributor desires to contribute certain content, including but not limited to, written stories, images and/or video (collectively, the “Materials”), to the Website (as defined below). NOW THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, Website Operator and Contributor agree as follows: By submitting the Materials to the Website Operator, Contributor hereby agrees to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. This Contributor Agreement (“Agreement”) is by and between Jaws Communications LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Website Operator”) and you, an individual (“Contributor”). A. Contributor desires to contribute certain content, including but not limited to, written stories, images and/or video (collectively, the “Materials”), to the Website (as defined below). NOW THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, Website Operator and Contributor agree as follows: By submitting the Materials to the Website Operator, Contributor hereby agrees to the terms and conditions of ...

Philippine Inventor Converts Plastic to Clean Fuel : TECH & INNOVATION : Science Times

One of the countries that are under a lot of stress because of crisis following the rising fuel costs and the chronic problem in unmanaged plastic waste is the Philippines. While solutions are being cooked up on a global scale, there are also many individual efforts being taken by many of its citizens. Just recently, Bacolod-based Filipino inventor, Jeremy Navarro, has discovered a way to convert plastic trash into fuel in forms of kerosene, gasoline, and diesel. According to Navarro, he accidentally stumbled upon the discovery as he was attempting to reverse the process of plastic production, hoping to turn back used plastic into its original form or to its basic components. Pyrolysis, the process used by Navarro, started by drying up the plastic waste that has been cleaned off food, soaps, or other contaminants. The clean and dry plastic will then be shredded into smaller pieces, and later heated in a thermal chamber. The plastic would then melt because the thermal chamber is sealed off, having very little oxygen. This set up prevents the plastic from burning. The vapor produced by melting plastic would pass through cooling pipes and would result in a distilled form of liquid....

Ahead of the Curve:Chinese High-Tech Promises Challenge for Farm Machinery Makers

While trade negotiators from the U.S. and China have been busy the past few months working out deals to address trade imbalances, charges of currency manipulation and the controversy over intellectual property rights, financial markets have quaked and quivered with each news cycle’s pronouncement on the talks, worried of higher tariffs on both sides if the discussions break down.  With the imposition of the first round of tariff hikes on Chinese goods in 2018, U.S. agriculture producers — and the folks who build the equipment they use — realized fully they have a big stake in a peaceful resolution to the redrawing of trade agreements between the world’s two largest economies.  The tariff “skirmish” had an immediate effect on soybean markets as China hiked customs on U.S.-produced beans in response to U.S. tariffs on various Chinese manufactured goods and raw materials. When push came to shove, however, both nations agreed to renegotiate a trade environment that had become the status quo for most of 35 years and, to a growing number of Americans was a one-sided affair not in their best interest.  Separate high-level talks by both nation’s leaders saw China resume purchases of U.S...

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When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. It doesn’t matter if you’re backpacking or car camping—lounging in a hammock is the most relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The SingleNest is ENO’s original backcountry model, and it still overperforms in the wild, thanks to bomber 70-denier nylon-taffeta fabric that can withstand loads of up to 400 pounds. This 36-ounce vacuum bottle seals completely, so you can throw it in your bag without worrying about spillage. It comes with a leakproof lid, but if you prefer easy-drinking access, a straw and chug-cap top are also available. The Skeletool is a do-it-all multitool that shaves weight down to five ounces without sacrificing utility. The standard fare (pliers and wire snips, blade, screwdriver set) is augmented by a carabiner-like clip that’s good for cracking open a bottle of beer. Featured in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, this yoga towel feels like a soft terry blanket. Don’t let the coziness fool you, though. This puppy is all about yoga performance, with silicone dots on the bottom to grip s...

Global Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board Market Forecast 2019-2025: Owens Corning, Dow, Synthos, Styrochem

The QY Market Study gives the brief research report of the “ Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board Market” around the globe. The study of reports gives always satisfactory solution to the user. The research study includes analysis, forecast and revenue of the market from 2019 to 2025. Report provides the comparative result between top players globally. it additionally provides the various varieties of segments of the market relating to to the product like type, Regions/Countries, Application and players. Current and updated trends conjointly enclosed to the report. Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board market size will grow from USD XX Million in 2018 to USD XX Million by 2025, at an estimated CAGR of XX%. The base year considered for the study is 2018, and the market size is projected from 2018 to 2025. Global Market Study Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board Market Provide Forecast Report 2019–2025 presents an detailed analysis of the Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board which researched industry situations, market Size, growth and demands, Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board market outlook, business methods used, competitive analysis by Extruded Polystyrene Foam Board market players, deployment models...