We’ve heard a lot about the Tesla Model S over the last few years, it’s a

We’ve heard a lot about the Tesla Model S over the last few years, it’s a vehicle with a habit of being newsworthy. And as a fast luxury electric saloon car with a range of over 300 miles per charge depending on the model, its publicity is deserved, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned autonomous driving  driver-assist. Even the best of the competing mass-produced electric cars of the moment look inferior beside it. Tesla famously build their battery packs from standard 18650 lithium-ion cells, but it’s safe to say that the pack in the Model S has little in common with your laptop battery. Fortunately for those of a curious nature, [Jehu Garcia] has posted a video showing the folks at EV West tearing down a Model S pack from a scrap car, so we can follow them through its construction. The most obvious thing about this pack is its sheer size, this is a large item that takes up most of the space under the car. We’re shown a previous generation Tesla pack for comparison, that is much smaller. Eye-watering performance and range come at a price, and we’re seeing it here in front of us. The standard of construction appears to be very high indeed, which makes sense as this is not mer...

Veterinarians in Manitoba voted overwhelmingly to ban the practice of declawing cats without a medical reason.

Veterinarians in Manitoba voted overwhelmingly to ban the practice of declawing cats without a medical reason. The vote, which took place electronically over the last few days, came back with 73 per cent in favour of a bylaw banning the procedure, and 26 per cent opposed. The ban takes effect immediately. It makes Manitoba the sixth province in Canada to bring in a ban on the procedure that amputates the first joint of a cat’s toes. Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta banned the practice earlier this year, while British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia prohibited it in 2018.  New Brunswick also voted to ban cat declawing in April, with the ban set to come into effect on July 1 of this year. “I think attitudes within the general public and the veterinary profession about this elective procedure are changing and new research has emerged that suggests that declawing cats is not an entirely benign procedure,” said Dr. Jonas Watson, president of the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. Part of that attitude shift came after a major study published in 2017 in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery that suggested cats that went through the pro...

If it’s possible to geek out over something and I come into contact with that thing,

If it’s possible to geek out over something and I come into contact with that thing, well, stuff happens. Several years ago, compact fluorescent light bulbs had gotten to the place where they were an intriguing option for replacing traditional incandescent bulbs, and I kinda went overboard on them. I bought a number of different brands and types, tried them in various fixtures around the house, and bugged my wife trying to get her opinion about the quality of the light. Second, the two best brands of CFLs at the time were Nvision (a Home Depot house brand, now known as EcoSmart) and Energetic (generally sold to commercial markets; I discovered them by assaulting an innocent lamp in particularly well-lit hotel room). Other brands really weren’t close or were inconsistent from one product to the next. GE was a particular disappointment because some bulbs were decent, others not. Third, even the best CFLs aren’t suited for every use. They fare best when covered and diffused by lampshades, not exposed in “naked” fixtures. CFLs aren’t great values for closets and bathrooms where they cycle a lot and don’t have time to warm up. And none of the...

Happenings — what’s coming up in Northeast Ohio starting May 3 | Entertainment

Rockapella, who gained attention from PBS’ “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego” in the 1990s, will perform their revisions of Motown, pop and soul at a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 8 in the Hoke Theatre at Lorain Community College’s Stocker Arts Center. Get more information or tickets at 440-366-4040 or visit stockerartscenter.com. Rockapella, who gained attention from PBS’ “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego” in the 1990s, will perform their revisions of Motown, pop and soul at a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 8 in the Hoke Theatre at Lorain Community College’s Stocker Arts Center. Get more information or tickets at 440-366-4040 or visit stockerartscenter.com. Here is a brief rundown of some coming entertainment options in Northeast Ohio. Make submissions for consideration via email to entertainment@morningjournal.com or entertainment@news-herald.com. You must include a phone number and/or web address for publication. Allen Memorial Art Museum: Oberlin College, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, presents “The Body Is the Map: Approaches to Land in the Americas After 1960,” through June 23; “Nature and Nostalgia in Early 20th-...

CALL TO ARTISTS: The city of Anacortes is looking for entries for the third annual eight-month

CALL TO ARTISTS: The city of Anacortes is looking for entries for the third annual eight-month outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sculptures must withstand outdoor conditions. anacorteswa.gov. PAINT AND LEARN: Kids aged 1-8 and their families are invited to this class all about learning to paint at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific St., Sedro-Woolley. Free. A GUILDED GALLERY: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood. aguildedgallery.com. Prices include all classes in a series. TRI DEE ARTS WORKSHOPS: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at Tri Dee Arts, 215 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. trideearts.com. PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT AND FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Varied exhibits and classes are available to the public at 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $7, $5 students and military, free for members and children ages 11 and under. 360-466-4288 or laconnerquilts.org. n Fiber Fridays: bring any type of fiber art project, quilting, knitting, embellishing, etc., to work on while visiting with other fiber artists from 9 a.m. to noon ever...

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Ever since my old BX1000 went spastic last year, I’ve wondered if APC still makes ~1000 VA uninterruptible power supplies the way it used to. When I found the BR1000G on sale for $165 CAN ($130 US), including free shipping, I decided to satisfy my curiosity. If you haven’t read my BX1000 tear-down already, consider doing so now; I’ll be making multiple references to it.Of course, I plan to repair the old BX1000 at some point in the future. But without obvious damage, schematics, or a working unit to compare my measurements against, finding the cause of its behavior could take a while.MORE: APC BN650M1-CA Tear-DownMORE: APC BGE90M-CA Tear-DownMORE: APC BE550G Tear-Down Many products have separate boxes for in-store and online shopping. The e-tail packaging drops the full-color graphics and extensive marketing coverage on glossy cardboard stock in favor of low printing cost and rugged corrugated cardboard. You do get an overview of key features on the back of the box, though.In case you missed the orange sticker, this thing is heavy. While not massive in absolute terms, it’s clearly in a different weight class from everything else we’ve taken apart since Cy...

Launching the Pixel 3a months late is working out perfectly for Google

There’s a lot of discussion right now about why Google waited so long to release the Pixel 3a, and with good reason. On top of some fairly compelling evidence this phone was at least partially ready to go when the leaks started four months ago, we’re not too far from the next Pixel being announced. In fact, in the exact same keynote Google announced the Pixel 3a we got told to expect a dramatically faster Assistant experience on the next Pixel. The whole thing is just sort of weird. But at the same time, I’m really glad Google waited as long as it did to release this phone. For the last two days, I have been surrounded by people carrying $1000+ flagships, and they all love this thing. Utterances of disbelief at how a phone this cheap can be so good have been coming from every angle. And if this phone had come out alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, I don’t think it would have been the same story. Everyone knows and loves the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+, and in my opinion, that’s kind of a shame. I say that because Samsung released a third phone with these two heavyweights that doesn’t really get talked about. The Samsung Galaxy S10e wasnR...

Sono-Tek Announces Record Orders of $13.4 million and Record Yearend Backlog for Fiscal Year 2019

- Strong demand in leading markets drove sales up 5.5% over fiscal 2018 to $11.6 million with gross margin of 45%; For the fourth quarter, sales grew 1% over prior-year period with gross margin of 46% - Investments in sales and marketing to win leading market positions in alternative energy and medical market applications impacted operating margin - Record orders of $13.4 million in fiscal 2019, up 145% over prior year, from strong demand in microelectronics/electronics and alternative energy markets - Achieved record backlog at year end of $3.0 million, up 145% from backlog of prior year. Backlog includes $1.7 million order for a newly introduced Robotic Coating Platform - Expect sales growth of 15% to 20% in fiscal 2020 and measurable conversion of sales to operating income and earnings MILTON, N.Y., May 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sono-Tek Corporation (SOTK) the leading developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic coating systems, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2019 (“fiscal 2019″). “Our strategy to expand the addressable market for our unique ultrasonic coating technology continues to gain traction....

In the immortal words of Prince, who was always imploring us to party like it was

In the immortal words of Prince, who was always imploring us to party like it was 1999, “If you didn’t come to party, don’t bother knockin’ on my door.” Which is a great attitude to have when entertaining at home because it means, hey — come on over, but don’t think we’re just going to order a pizza, sit on the couch, and call it a day. Not that there’s anything wrong with pizzas. Or couches. Those are fine for get-togethers. But to really entertain and throw the kind of party that people will be talking about for weeks to come, takes some effort and planning. It takes attention to detail and a few special touches to create the ambiance. Like maybe making homemade pizzas (or at least taking the delivered ones out of the box and putting them on a nice tray) and hanging a curtain of lights behind that couch. Set out some nice glasses instead of those red plastic cups and put that inexpensive wine in a fancy decanter. (And speaking of plastic, it’s a great time to start making parties greener, which means replacing plastic cutlery with reusable flatware and serving water out of a glass dispenser and nixing the plastic water bottles.)  Entertaining at home i...

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships,

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea. For real tea fanatics, it can be difficult to get just the right temperature water for your brew and nuking H2O in the microwave is simply out of the question. That’s where electric kettles come in. They boil water faster than a watched pot on your stove, and the best ones even offer adjustable temperature settings to ensure that the water is just right for your delicate tea leaves. You can also use electric kettles to boil water quickly for any cause, whether it’s oatmeal, instant noodles, or a packet of soup. No matter your needs, it’s good to have a dedicated appliance in your kitchen that boils water quickly. Every self-respecting British person has a kettle at home, and the fact that most Americans don’t is totally befuddling. It’s time to correct that error, because as one Brit told me, “Stoves take too long, and we don’t live in the 1800s anymore.” The cheapest electric kettles are often made of plastic, and most re...

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Q2 2019 Earnings Call Transcript — The Motley Fool

Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services. Good day, and welcome to the Apple Incorporated Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. Today’s call is being recorded. At this time for opening remarks and introductions, I would like to turn the call over to Nancy Paxton, Senior Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead. Thank you. Good afternoon, and thanks to everyone for joining us today. Speaking first, is Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and he’ll be followed by CFO, Luca Maestri. After that, we’ll open the call to questions from analysts. Please note that some of the information you’ll hear during our discussion today will consist of forward-looking statements, including without limitation those regarding revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income and expense, taxes, capital allocation, and future business outlook. Actual results or trends could differ materially from our forecast. For more information, please refer to the Risk Factors discussed in Apple̵...

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