Those of us who recycle our empty drink cans know the annoying storage problem these containers

Those of us who recycle our empty drink cans know the annoying storage problem these containers present. For an object with very little metal, a can takes up a huge amount of space, and should you possess a greater than average thirst you can soon end up with a lot of space taken up with stacks of cans. The solution of course is to crush them, and while there are many simple solutions involving hinged blocks of wood or lever systems, this is 2019! We have Machines to that kind of thing for us! [All Things Electro-Mechanical] thinks so anyway, for he has created an automatic can crusher that is a joy to behold. At its heart is a 120V AC powered linear actuator, which crushes a can held in a welded steel guide. As the can is crushed it drops into a waiting bin, and when the actuator retracts a fresh can drops down from a hopper. Control is handled by a Raspberry Pi, and there are end sensors for the actuator and an optical sensor for the can hopper. As it stands, once the last can is in place the machine stops due to the optical sensor registering no can in the hopper, but no doubt a software change could cause it to execute a single crush cycle after the last can it detects. This...

Did a slave make your sneakers? The answer is: probably

The apps, books, movies, music, TV shows, and art are inspiring our some of the most creative people in business this month An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company’s distinctive lens We often talk about slavery as if it was a thing of the past–a horror from another era, perpetrated by people who have no resemblance to us. But the truth is that slave labor is still alive and well. And a new report produced by the nonprofit KnowTheChain points out that your closet is likely full of clothes made through forced labor. Today’s slave labor doesn’t look the way it did a hundred years ago. Instead, it involves poor people in developing countries trying to find work at clothing and shoe factories and finding themselves exploited. Take the case of one woman in India. KnowTheChain found that she had left her rural village in search of a job in Bangalore, a major city in South India. An agent found her a job at a clothing factory in exchange for a recruitment fee, although the details of how much it would be were murky. The agency then proceeded to take her entire paycheck until she had paid the fee back. Six mont...

Fifty years and counting. That’s how long Missouri farmer David Pearson has been growing cotton. He

Fifty years and counting. That’s how long Missouri farmer David Pearson has been growing cotton. He started farming with his dad and now grows between 5,500 and 6,000 acres of cotton each year. Pearson has experienced many changes over the years, yet he says it is relaxing to grow a good crop and harvest it.  “I really enjoy farming in December, January and February,” Pearson jokes, but he’s serious about helping the next generation. “My son farms on his own. He enjoys it and has beautiful crops. He’ll farm mine when I get ready to retire. It’s important to me to be able to pass the farm on to him.”  While Pearson does grow some soybeans and corn, cotton is the heart of the operation. He’s learned a few tricks over the years and continues to make changes to improve cotton yield and quality. Pearson uses cover crops like rye and wheat for erosion control. These cover crops help keep the cotton warmer during the first month after planting. He is diligent about weed control, so the young plants have little competition for water, sunlight and nutrients.  He and his 10 employees will chop weeds to keep them manageable – but they’d rather not. Pearson turned to the Enlist™weed control...

With Bharat, Salman has Corrected Mistake of Releasing Tubelight, Race 3 on Eid, Here’s How

Courtesy of his career defining, crowd pleasing films Wanted (2011) and Dabangg (2010), Salman Khan is now a bonafide star of the masses, one who is an easily identifiable character for the public. The kind of play act that Salman had to offer through these two ventures went a long way in moulding the audiences’ perception of his image, while also increasing his relatibilty with the cinema going classes. Following the footsteps of the ‘avenging male hero’ in Bollywood, Salman delivered back-to-back superhits like Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012), Jai ho (2013), Kick (2014) and others that succeeded. However, Tubelight (2017) and Race 3 (2018) are two of those rare Salman Khan films in the recent times that even after earning more than 100 crore plus at the box office bear the mark of under-performing films. Salman himself admitted in an interview that Tubelight was not a film to be released on Eid because it’s a time for festivities and fun and “people went in expecting a celebration, but came out crying.” One of the reasons that Salman’s Tubelight was not accepted by the audience could be because their favourite h...

NOAA launches federal investigation into Gulf dolphin deaths

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – Dead dolphins are washing up on coast beaches in record numbers this year. Most scientists believe the trillions of gallons of Mississippi River water pouring out of Louisiana’s Bonnet Carre Spillway into the Mississippi Sound is the culprit. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is putting together a team to look into the elevated bottlenose dolphin strandings in the Northern Gulf of Mexico including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida. NOAA has declared an “Unusual Mortality Event” to bring marine biologists and government agencies together. With dolphin deaths now at 279 in the northern Gulf of Mexico, investigators say the effort is urgent. In a majority of cases so far, the investigations of the deaths have shown a relationship to freshwater intrusion from the spillway. But placing the blame squarely there isn’t as easy as it might first appear. “There are some animals with visible signs of skin lesions consistent with fresh water intrusion, but it’s too early to say whether that is the cause of the mortality. There are animals that don’t have skin lesions, and we’re investigating the potential cause...

What To Make of Unilever’s Purchase Of A Japanese Skin Care Brand?

Petra Meekers, director of sustainable sourcing at Unilever NV, speaks during the Palm & Lauric Oils Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Photographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg) Unilever (NYSE:UL) has signed an agreement to acquire a Japanese skincare company, Tatcha, for an undisclosed sum. This move furthers Unilever’s bid to strengthen its presence in the premium personal care segment, as it moves away from its stagnating foods business. Tatcha has a growing presence in North America in the natural personal care segment. This acquisition is a small but positive step toward the consolidation of Unilever’s position in the global personal care market. Trefis maintains a long-term price estimate for Unilever at $57, which is around 10% below the current market price. Below we discuss the personal care segment and its expected 2019 performance on our interactive dashboard How Unilever Could Benefit From Acquiring Tatcha? which details our forecasts for the company in the near term. You can modify our assumptions to see the impact any changes would have on the company’s revenue and EBITDA and see more Trefis Consumer Sta...

Engine Deep Dive: Toyota Tacoma’s Atkinson-Cycle V-6

In the world of upgraded and redesigned pickup trucks, new vehicles normally do not get a new powertrain at the same time. This was not the case with the redesigned-for-2016 Toyota Tacoma; it received the 2GR-FKS engine — a 24-valve V-6 rated at 278 horsepower and 265 pounds-feet of torque. Though new to the Tacoma platform, it wasn’t an all-new engine for Toyota. The 2GR-FKS — an Atkinson-cycle engine — is part of an engine family found in a range of other Toyota and Lexus vehicles such as the Toyota Highlander and Sienna, and Lexus GX, RX and LS. Its distinguishing characteristic is the ability of the intake valve to stay open longer than it does in other engines. That causes some of the air/fuel mixture to be pushed back into the intake manifold, allowing the engine to burn less fuel than a normal engine. However, the downside to the Atkinson cycle is that having less fuel in the piston cylinder chamber means the engine provides less power. Atkinson-cycle engines are most often paired with electric motors in hybrid vehicles to make up for the resulting power deficit. Toyota first used a variation of this engine in the 1997 Prius; now the technology is creeping into othe...

It seems like only yesterday that the Linksys WRT54G and the various open source firmware replacements

It seems like only yesterday that the Linksys WRT54G and the various open source firmware replacements for it were the pinnacle of home router hacking. But like everything else, routers have gotten smaller and faster over the last few years. The software we run on them has also gotten more advanced, and at this point we’ve got routers that you could use as a light duty Linux desktop in a pinch. But even with no shortage of pocket-sized Linux devices in our lives, the GL-USB150 “Microrouter” that [Mason Taylor] recently brought to our attention is hard to ignore. Inside this USB flash drive sized router is a 400 MHz Qualcomm QCA9331 SoC, 64 MB of RAM, and a healthy 16 MB of storage; all for around $20 USD. Oh, and did we mention it comes with OpenWRT pre-installed? Just plug it in, and you’ve got a tiny WiFi enabled Linux computer ready to do your bidding. On his blog [Mason] gives a quick rundown on how to get started with the GL-USB150, and details some of the experiments he’s been doing with it as part of his security research, such as using the device as a remote source for Wireshark running on his desktop. He explains that the diminutive router works just fine when plugged i...

Best multi function ladder to buy in 2019 – multi function ladder Reviews

If you are looking to pick a decent multi function ladder then there are three things that you need to look out for. We will cover them in this post and also give you an overview on where to find the best deals. That being said, if you choose any random multi function ladder, there are possibilities of facing some of the serious issues which can come from choosing the wrong product. amzn_assoc_placement = “adunit0″; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “newsnefty-20″; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “search”; amzn_assoc_ad_type = “smart”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_title = “Shop Best multi function ladder on Amazon”; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = “multi function ladder”; amzn_assoc_default_category = “All”; amzn_assoc_linkid = “168205fb3b70ed46f5a7766565bd367a”; amzn_assoc_search_bar = “true”; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = “top”; You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to find the best multi function ladder for your purposes. There is a whole range of multi function ladder and prices that can deliver t...

Six of the Newest Heat Pumps on the Market | 2019-05-20

REDESIGN: Nortek Global HVAC introduced the W-Series of air conditioning and heat pump equipment for residential and light commercial applications, completing its redesign of Gibson®, NuTone®, and Frigidaire® branded 1.5- to 5-ton, singlephase air conditioning units and heat pumps. Manufacturers continue to make improvements in heat-pump technology, including higher efficiencies, contractor-friendly designs, and innovative extras like two-stage compressors that allow them to run at lower speeds and cut down energy use and homeowners’ bills. Below is a sampling of six of the latest products to hit the heat pump market. Nortek Global HVAC introduced the W-Series of air conditioning and heat pump equipment for residential and light commercial applications, completing its redesign of Gibson®, NuTone®, and Frigidaire® branded 1.5- to 5-ton, single-phase air conditioning units and heat pumps. The redesign offers contractors a “good-better-best” strategy (the premium F-Series, the mid-range E-Series, and the economically-priced W-Series) to accommodate varying consumer price ranges. The W-Series heat pump is available in 14- and 16-SEER models. Standard features include Copeland scrol...

41 Brilliant Reusable Products On Amazon That’ll Last Forever

Sometimes I fantasize about dropping everything, tossing my cell phone in a lake, and living alone in a tiny log cabin that I’ve built in the woods. In today’s high-speed world, there’s something appealing about a simple, sustainable lifestyle. Honestly, though, I should probably work on my farming skills before I take off for the wilderness. In the meantime, I love simplifying my life by finding useful products on Amazon that are eco-friendly and cut back on unnecessary waste. It might seem counterintuitive to buy things when I’m trying to cut back on consumption and waste. However, like most of us, I have lots of everyday habits that create a ton of waste — and things I constantly purchase and replace without even thinking about it. In the long run, buying a longer-lasting, reusable version of those items is actually a better investment, both for my wallet and for the planet. For example, every time I wash my face, I throw away several cotton balls. Until I found these washable, reusable makeup remover pads, that is. Same goes for these reusable K-cups, or these wool dryer balls. Products like these quickly end up paying for themselves, since unlike their single-use counterpa...

Specs for Sony’s upcoming lineup of new 21:9 aspect ratio phones have leaked courtesy of 91Mobiles.

Specs for Sony’s upcoming lineup of new 21:9 aspect ratio phones have leaked courtesy of 91Mobiles. Interestingly, that massive screen is paired with a small 3,300mAh capacity battery. We’ll see how the Xperia 1 performs in day-to-day use, but the combination of a big, power-hungry 4K screen with a small power source does not bode well for battery life. For photos and videos, the phone features a triple 12-megapixel camera array with a normal, wide-angle and telephoto lens. It appears all three of those lenses include optical image stabilization (OIS), though based on the spec sheet 91Mobiles shared, it’s not 100 percent clear if that is, in fact, the case. The camera also supports dual-pixel technology for better low light performance. On the front of the phone is an 8-megapixel camera. Internally, the Xperia 1 includes Qualcomm’s latest flagship system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 855, supported by 6GB of RAM. The phone also includes 128GB of expandable storage. Other notable features include support for RAW camera capture, IP68 certified water and dust resistance, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and dual-SIM support. According to 91Mobiles, Sony will launch the Xperia 1 somet...