Construction Spending Totals $1.28 Trillion in January

Construction spending increased by 1.3 percent from December to January, according to data analysis by the Associated General Contractors. Spending totaled $1.28 trillion in January at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, and gained 0.3 percent over January 2018. “The data are consistent with general contractors’ reports that they were busy early in the year and expect to stay that way through 2019,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “These early figures fit with what contractors say they expect for the full year, as the association’s survey in January revealed.” Private residential spending lowered by 0.3 percent from December to January, and 5.6 percent compared to the January 2018 rate. Single family construction spending deceased by 7.2 percent, while multifamily construction spending jumped 12.8 percent. 1.2 Ton Wheel Loader Manufacturers Cheap Price Private nonresidential spending grew 0.8 percent for the month, and 2.4 percent compared to January 2018. Power construction gained 2.5 percent year-over-year, commercial construction declined 4.7 percent, manufacturing construction increased 3.7 percent, and office construction rose 7.6 percent. Public const...

Well Traveled Companion: Reviewing the Tudor Black Bay GMT | WatchTime

Tudor adds world-time functionality to the Black Bay with new manufacture Caliber MT5652. Not only does the GMT version run more accurately than many other chronometer-tested watches, it boasts a 70-hour power reserve and the time displays can be set in several different ways. Acting globally and traveling around the world are no longer the exclusive privilege of pilots, top executives and other jet-setting professionals. A GMT function, which lets a watch’s wearer read the time in a second time zone, not only fits well in our globalized age, it’s also a good fit for the Tudor Black Bay. In the spirit of Rolex’s founder Hans Wilsdorf, who established Montres Tudor SA in 1946 as a high-quality but less costly alternative to Rolex, the Black Bay GMT, our test watch, preserves an appealing price-performance ratio while simultaneously encasing the brand’s own manufacture caliber. The Black Bay GMT not only has a time-zone function that’s well suited for everyday use, the model also reaffirms Tudor’s corporate strategy of achieving independence and a distinctive identity for the brand. Tudor relied on movements made by other Swiss manufacturers from its founding until 2015, when Cali...

When: Through July 28 (gallery hours noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment);

When: Through July 28 (gallery hours noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment); 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, artist talk Adding some heat, acrylics, paint medium, rivets and screws, the part-time North Adams resident fashions layered works using Lexan, a polycarbonate plastic, as her base surface. In “The Shape of Light,” a show on display at Real Eyes Gallery in Adams through July 28, more than a couple handfuls of Minkin’s massive creations jut from walls, their bent, bumpy Lexan sheets stacked to form streaked spatial illusions. Their statements about light, movement and science are not merely confined to their broad physical dimensions, either. “The shadows and the reflections and the color projections are very much part of the piece for me,” Minkin said during a Tuesday morning visit to her Eclipse Mill working and living space in North Adams. “It’s another real layer for me. It’s important.” Light has always fascinated Minkin. As a child, she had an eye condition that prevented her from “seeing with both eyes at the same time,” she wrote in a statement. “Looking first with one eye, then the ot...

This one single desktop device can 3D Print, laser engrave, and CNC machine.

Practically every prototyping tool you’d ever need exists within the realm of the Snapmaker 2.0. In its second, more expansive, open, and fine-tuned iteration, the guys at Snapmaker have put together an absolute prototyping powerhouse that literally takes up not more than a square that measures 3×3 feet. The modular device can be built to run as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. The Snapmaker 2.0 isn’t a product as much as it’s an eco-system… a set of opportunities. An ability to practically fabricate anything you want! At the heart of the Snapmaker is its complete metal construction and modular nature. Metal allows you to have near-perfect tolerances, it can take heat, and it’s the choice for any product that’s as heavy duty as a fabricating system. Snapmaker’s metal construction ensures its ability to perform to precision, while its modular nature gives it the ability to do any sort of fabrication you’d need. Designed to be faster, smarter, and even larger, the Snapmaker 2.0 can handle bigger projects than its previous iteration, and can deliver quality faster. Snapmaker 2.0’s modular build allows you to put together the product yo...

Differences in net global warming potential and greenhouse gas intensity between major rice-based cropping systems in China

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript. Double rice (DR) and upland crop-single rice (UR) systems are the major rice-based cropping systems in China, yet differences in net global warming potential (NGWP) and greenhouse gas intensity (GHGI) between the two systems are poorly documented. Accordingly, a 3-year field experiment was conducted to simultaneously measure methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) in oil rape-rice-rice and wheat-rice (representing DR and UR, respectively) systems with straw incorporation (0, 3 and 6 t/ha) during the rice-growing seasons. Compared with the UR system, the annual CH4, N2O, grain yield and NGWP were significantly increased in the DR system, though little effect on SOC sequestration or GHGI was observed without straw incorporation. Straw incorporation increased CH4 emission and SOC sequestration but had no s...

Beko, Bosch, Miele and AEG bring you the finest kitchen and home gadgets coming in 2020

Well, IFA 2019 – the way that Germans have fun – has been and gone, and gave some great insights in to the best kitchen and home gadgets that you can look out for not on Black Friday 2019, but the following year.  I have only just found my way out of the Berlin Expo Centre’s notoriously incomprehensible maze of corridors, stairwells, aircraft hangar-sized exhibition spaces and lengthy expanses of outdoor space that lead absolutely nowhere. That’s okay though, as it was fit to burst with new kitchen and home tech, from blenders, and coffee machines to Miele’s first cordless vacuum cleaner.  Plenty of large appliances were on show as well, with ovens and plenty of hobs present, correct and packed with features.  Perhaps the highlight of the show was the Samsung AirDresser. This is a sort of small wardrobe that wobbles your clothes on hangers while gently refreshing them with steam. They’ve had this sort of thing for years in Asia and certain European countries, but finally Samsung deems that the UK is ready for it. Having spent several days traipsing around IFA it’s all to easy to see the appeal of refreshed, ready-to-go shirts, jackets and trousers withou...

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Lately, whenever someone breaks out weed in my presence, those marijuana delivery devices of my youth—the joint, the bong, the one-hitter camouflaged as a cigarette—are nowhere to be found. A new trend has consigned them to the head shop clearance bin. These days, everybody’s vaping. Vaporizers heat your “herbal material” (this euphemism pops up in all public vape discussions, but, let’s be honest, very few of us are jazzed about huffing lavender) until it hits a temperature that turns active ingredients into a light, inhalable mist. Studies suggest that vaping is less bad for you than smoking, because lighting things on fire throws off toxins that you really oughtn’t usher into your lungs. Indeed, New York state’s medical marijuana legislation actually disallows smoking weed and instead advises that patients either eat or vaporize their analgesic ganj. I’m not averse to the odd recreational puff. I’ve even on occasion been known to harbor an eensy bit of weed in my apartment. More and more, as friends make the switch to vapes and the health advantages become obvious, I’ve wondered if it’s time to throw away my rolling papers and my ancient, hand-me-down pipe and boldly embrace...

Steel market psychology is split into two distinct camps: those who believe steel prices are fast

Steel market psychology is split into two distinct camps: those who believe steel prices are fast approaching a bottom and will rebound in the second half and those who believe the lingering trade tensions and uncertain demand will keep pressure on prices—and buyers on the sidelines— for some time to come. Cautious buying by service centers, manufacturers, and fabricators, along with widespread inventory destocking, has put a serious dent in steel demand. Combined with weak scrap prices and what is arguably overproduction by domestic steelmakers, the resulting downtrend in steel prices is no surprise. Steel Market Update (SMU) gathers real-time pricing data from steel buyers every week. As of mid-June, SMU’s Price Momentum Indicator was pointing “lower” on all steel products, as it has been for most of the year. According to SMU data, the benchmark price for hot-rolled steel (FOB the mill, east of the Rockies) was averaging $550/ton ($27.50/cwt), with lead times of two to five weeks. That’s a 40 percent decline from the $910 peak in July 2018. Cold-rolled dropped to $700/ton ($35.00/cwt), with lead times as short as five weeks during the same time frame. Cold-rolled prices peak...