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Hiroaki Morishita is telling us about his company’s “torture room.” But don’t be alarmed: It’s for suitcases. “It’s a quality-control room where we test everything from wheels to handles in different temperatures,” says the CEO of Japanese luggage titan Ace, sitting in his office at the company’s Harajuku HQ. To ensure suitcases can withstand cobblestones in Rome and the subzero temperatures of an airplane’s hold, Ace’s state-of-the-art Proteca models are put through their paces in this small space. They’re dropped from a height, fixed on a treadmill to travel 16 km and locked in for 500 hours at 40 C with 85% humidity. Ace is so confident in its product that it offers unlimited free repairs for three years. Bags are taken very seriously in Japan. People appreciate quality in everything from crisp canvas totes to hard-backed four-wheel suitcases. Ace has been selling handsome carriers for about 80 years, and these days boasts annual revenue of 33 billion yen ($310 million) and 100 shops around the world. (Its main competitor is the Samsonite group, whose bags it used to produce under license.) Leading Japane...

Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex

The icebreaker Polar Star was 1,000 miles out of its home port of Seattle last December, three days into its yearly voyage to resupply scientific bases in Antarctica, when a powerful swell hit its bow and flooded the deck. The roar of the ventilators in the galley quit as Joseph Sellar, a stocky 25-year-old Coast Guard culinary specialist from New Hampshire, watched seawater explode from the ceiling. He lunged toward a switch to close the overhead vents. With a loud pop, an outlet ejected a purple spark. The United States spends $2 billion a day on the most advanced military ever assembled, with more aircraft carriers, fighter planes and nuclear submarines than any other nation. The Pentagon intends to develop a space fleet of orbiting lasers, missile sensors and satellites. The only U.S. ship capable of bludgeoning through heavy ice, it is the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex. After decades of abuse, the vessel lists to port, but its sewer pipes drain to starboard, jamming and overflowing toilets. Rust coats decks, hatches and ladders. Lead paint peels from walls marked with warnings of asbestos. While Russia will soon have more than 50 ic...

10 Democrats set for next debate as several others miss cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling Democratic presidential candidates are facing the bad news that they are not among the 10 who have qualified for the next debate, a predicament that is likely to spell doom for their campaigns. Hours ahead of a midnight Wednesday deadline to qualify, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced she was dropping out of the race after spending at least $4 million on advertising in recent months to qualify. Billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and self-help guru Marianne Williamson were also among those missing September’s debate, as were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and a handful of others. To appear on stage in Houston next month, they had to hit 2% in at least four approved public opinion polls while securing 130,000 unique donors . Two new polls released Wednesday affirmed that they were all below the threshold. “Our rules have ended up less inclusive … than even the Republicans,” Bullock said on MSNBC, referring to the thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee. “It is what it is.” The 10 candidates who qualified for September’s debate are Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Bu...

Polycarbonate panels for DIY roof and wall applications

Architectural Building Elements Pty Ltd offers a range of panels featuring a tongue and groove joint, and ideal for quickly constructing walls and roofs. Part of Rodeca’s DIY range, the polycarbonate panels are crystal clear high impact thermoplastic with a temperature resistance range from -40°C to 115°C, and even up to 130°C. Suitable for facade cladding and glazing, winter gardens, conservatories, roofing, pergolas, light bands, canopies, interior design and carports, Rodeca multifunction panels offer high impact resistance, UV protection for excellent long term performance, and translucence with great thermal properties. Available in 3mm and 10mm thickness options, the panels can be used for flat and curved facades as well as roofing applications in varying colours. The multicolour panels also provide several opportunities for wall and facade design. Polycarbonate tubes in varying shapes and colours allow different patterns and colour accents to be created, making each design unique. Subscribe to get all the news, views, resources, comment and opinion on all things Architecture & Design delivered straight to your inbox. PC Sheet, PVC Roof Sheet, FRP Sheet, Synthetic Res...

Global LED Stage Illumination Market Insights 2019-2026: ROBE, ETC, Clay Paky, Altman Lighting, Adj, Robert Juliat

The “LED Stage Illumination Market” report offers a sorted out perspective by the simplified information connected to LED Stage Illumination market. The LED Stage Illumination market gives a wide stage offering numerous open doors for different businesses, firms, associations, and start-ups. This report also comprises authenticate estimations to grow universally by contending among themselves and giving better and agreeable administrations to the clients. The LED Stage Illumination market reports give the point to point data about the officially settled market players ROBE, ETC, Clay Paky, Altman Lighting, Adj, Robert Juliat, JB-Lighting-Lighting, ACME, GOLDENSEA, PR Lighting, Nightsun Enterprise, Colorful Light, Fineart, ROY Stage Light, HF (SWY) Stage Lighting alongside the at present developing associations that hold a noteworthy offer in the market concerning the business, revenue generation, supply and demand, products and management. The report presents a demand for individual segment in each region. It demonstrates various segments LED Moving Head Light, LED PAR Cans, LED Pattern Effect Lights, LED Strobe, LED Display, LED Flood Light, LED Floor Tiles, LED Stage Curtains ...

At 17, she’s going to be an adult next year as she walks the line between

At 17, she’s going to be an adult next year as she walks the line between a girl and adult. She probably has a boyfriend, job, and car.  Now is the time when she’s probably thinking about college. What are the best gifts for 17 year old girls? Every 17 year old girl has different interests. The key to buying the perfect gift is to really understand her interests. That’s why we have put together a list of goodies for every interest from latest fashions to must have accessories, to cool tech gadgets and games, and to stuff for her room. Not to worry, there is something for everyone on your list whether she is your girlfriend, daughter, niece, or friend. Here are the best gifts for 17 year old girls. From pajamas to super chic handbags to hair accessories, here are fashionable birthday gifts for a 17 year old girl. Your stylish 17 year old girl will be overwhelmed with joy on her special day. Put away the cheesy gifts. What happens when you combine a sweatshirt with a blanket? You get the Comfy sweatshirt. First seen on Shark Tank, it’s basically a giant blanket that you wear. With a microfiber outside and furry sherpa on the inside, it is designed to keep you toasty. Because it is...

Global Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024

MarketResearchNest.com adds “Global Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders Market 2019 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024” new reports to its research database. The report spread across 138 pages with tables and figures in it. This comprehensive Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders Market research report includes a brief on these trends that can help the businesses operating in the industry to understand the market and strategize for their business expansion accordingly. The research report analyzes the market size, industry share, growth, key segments, CAGR and key drivers. Scope of the Report:                                                                                                      The worldwide market for Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly -% over the next five years, will reach – million US$ in 2024, from – million US$ in 2019,This report focuses on the Industrial Double-Shaft Shredders in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application. https://www.market...

Let the savings wash over you with Amazon’s one-day blowout sale on shower heads

When’s the last time you looked up in the shower and really took a look at your shower head? If you did, you’d see all sorts of nastiness, some of which is probably making its way down to you each day as you try to clean yourself. Look, we get it, a good shower head can be expensive and it’s not something people think about very often. You’re thinking about it right now though, so you might as well do something about it while Amazon is running a one-day blowout sale on popular shower head models. There are 11 different deals in total and you can shop the full sale right here on Amazon’s site, or check out some of our favorite deals below. Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals from around the web. Quantities may be limited. Prices are subject to change without notice and coupons may expire at any time. BGR may receive a commission on orders placed through this article. Pharmaceuticals Door, Biosafety Laboratories Door, X-ray Rooms Door – Golden Door,https://www.chinadortek.com/

Ghost Gunner Updates Its 1911 Jig for More Caliber Compatibility

The Ghost Gunner 2 ecosystem receives an upgrade with today’s release of the company’s updated 1911 jig. The new jig replaces the original, 45 ACP caliber-only jig with an update that holds 9mm, 10mm, 40S&W, and 38 Super caliber 1911 80% frames. The Ghost Gunner 2 is a desktop CNC mill that finishes user-supplied 80% lowers using the included DDCut software. Connect it to your Mac or PC and using the corresponding accessory jig and tooling, the microwave oven-sized machine finishes 80% AR-15, AR-10, and 1911 lowers and frames made of aluminum or polymer. The GG2 is a full-featured desktop CNC mill that accepts open-source milling code and cuts anything else, as long as it’s aluminum or softer. You just need to find (or write your own) g-code and supply a jig to hold the workpiece in the machine. The new Delrin 1911 jig replaces the original aluminum jig and includes a few changes that allow the installation of 1911 frames in multiple calibers. The change from metal to Delrin eliminates the chance of a failed probing operation that could occur when the anodizing on the older aluminum jig was worn or damaged. Improvements to the 1911 milling code include soft probing and an ex...