More than a million residents across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont remained without

More than a million residents across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont remained without electricity on Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Irene hit  New York City on Sunday  as a weakened tropical storm after raking the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to New Jersey. So far, the storm has killed at least 44 people. With Irene’s brutal rain replaced by crisp temperatures and brilliant blue skies, utility repair crews, cleanup teams and state and federal relief officials crisscrossed the region to assess the damage and reassure residents that help was on its way. Track the latest Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms, and look back over past seasons at WSJ’s Hurricane Tracker. A southerly dip in a jet stream on the U.S. mainland and warmer-than-usual water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are helping push Hurricane Irene farther north along the Eastern seaboard than most tropical storms, say meteorologists. But the Category 3 hurricane also could lose much of its force if it moves slowly over cooler waters north of the Carolinas, they add. Read more >> Power companies on the Eastern seaboard braced for Hurricane Irene,...

Grill Accessories and Grilling Tools for the Best At-Home BBQ Experience

So you think you can grill? You might have the grill itself — that’s the easy part. Now comes not the hard part, per se, but the fun part: outfitting your grill with all the tools and toys to turn you into a true grillmaster. From tools to help get your fire started (briquettes, blowpokes), to things to put on there once it’s going (grill baskets, cast-iron pans) to oh-so-chic apparel to outfit yourself (a headlamp!), here’s what pitmasters and seasoned outdoor chefs recommend to become the master of your fire-cooked domain. For the charcoal itself, you could go with standard Kingsford briquettes. Or make like chef Brenna Sanders of Effervescence in New Orleans, who loves Pok Pok Thaan charcoal, which is made from rambutan fruit wood and bound with tapioca starch. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to the popular Japanese binchotan charcoal (which requires a specific kind of grill, generates “the kind of hellish heat imagined in the pages of Milton or Dante,” and is in such high demand that the white oak it comes from is nearly endangered). “I love Thaan charcoal not only because it burns hot and clean, making it great for searing in the true flavor of your ingredients, but also b...

Amazon To Curb Bulk Orders From Small Suppliers | PYMNTS.com Amazon To Curb Bulk Orders From Small Suppliers To Cut Costs

Amazon is reportedly in the midst of reshaping relationships with several of its longtime vendors, according to Bloomberg. The lasting effect will be that bulk orders “dry up” for many suppliers, most of them classified as smaller firms. The latest actions come after an initial halt, the news outlet reported, that occurred months ago. During that action, Amazon stopped orders from suppliers, reportedly without explanation, then started up those orders again. At the time, the company said that it was looking to get rid of counterfeit products being sold. But now comes the purge, one the report said will “upend” relations between the eCommerce giant and vendors, with the primary impact being felt across bulk orders, unnamed sources told the news outlet. The move would put more of Amazon’s emphasis on cutting costs and buying in bulk (to ensure supply), through wholesale purchases from companies that include giants in verticals as far-flung toys and consumer packaged goods, such as Lego and Procter & Gamble. It’s a competitive shot across the bow against other firms seeking to make inroads into eCommerce, such as Target and Walmart, where digital sales have been gaining momentu...

From the fires of revolution, Ukraine is reinventing government

Welcome to WIRED UK. This site uses cookies to improve your experience and deliver personalised advertising. You can opt out at any time or find out more by reading our cookie policy. Since the 2014 revolution, Ukrainian activists have set about using technology to prevent abuses of power – by building the world’s most transparent platform for government spending Smoke billows from the burning tyres in Kiev’s central square on “Bloody Thursday”, February 20, 2014. At least 77 people lost their lives At the gate of Mezhyhirya, the estate Viktor Yanukovych built with the money he stole from the people of Ukraine, a stall is selling rolls of toilet paper printed with the face of Vladimir Putin. Beside them are three large, flat, plastic loaves of bread, painted gold. Viktor Nestulia, director of innovation projects at Transparency International Ukraine, taps one with his finger. “When they came here after the revolution of dignity, they found a loaf made of solid gold, so this is a copy,” he says. “That’s what it is here. You will see.” He’s not wrong. Inside Mezhyhirya, we pass a yacht pier, a shooting range, a boxing gym, an ostrich farm, a petting zoo, a...

AUKEY has a RGB rechargeable LED light at $16.50, 650 lumen floor lamp for $30

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily. AUKEY Direct (100% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering its LED Floor Lamp for $29.59 shipped when you clip the on-page coupon and use the code N2JQ2VC7 at checkout. Normally over $45, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically. This lamp offers three different color temperatures and multiple dimming modes so you can have exactly the light you’re needing for any situation. Plus, you’ll receive up to 650 lumens with this lamp, which is almost as much light as a 60W bulb. Rated 4.5/5 stars. We also noticed that AUKEY’s Amazon storefront is offering its Rechargeable RGB Table Lamp for $16.69 Prime shipped when you clip the on-page coupon and use the code 8U3V36DP at checkout. Normally closer to $25, this is one of the best prices we’ve tracked and is the lowest available. This rechargeable lamp offers multiple color options and is dimmable. Plus, with the built-in battery, you can enjoy up to 80 hours of illumination on a single charge. Rated 4.4/5 stars. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals ...

The Physics of why the e-Cat’s Cold Fusion Claims Collapse

“Every time you look up at the sky, every one of those points of light is a reminder that fusion power is extractable from hydrogen and other light elements, and it is an everyday reality throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.” -Carl Sagan (This post is coauthored by Dr. Peter Thieberger, Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.) A cheap, clean, efficient and virtually limitless source of energy would be just what our world needs right about now. The cheap sources — coal, oil, and gas — are dirty, destructive, and limited, while the clean sources — wind and solar — are expensive and inefficient. Nuclear power is abundant and efficient, but with the dangers of radioactivity (and Fukushima still fresh in people’s minds), it clearly isn’t an ideal solution either. What would be ideal, rather than the current nuclear fission power we use, would be nuclear fusion, where lighter elements are fused together into heavier ones. Unlike a nuclear fission reaction, neither the original reactive material nor the products are radioactive in most instances of nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is responsible for the most powerful release of ener...

FABTECH 2018 Draws Big Crowd, Targets New Technology

Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. November 26, 2018 by By Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, and Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief – Manufacturing Engineering Bolstered by a strong economy and lots of new technology for attendees to see, FABTECH 2018 welcomed more 33,755 attendees from 75 countries to Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center November 6-8. With more than 1,500 exhibiting companies occupying more than 650,000 net square feet of exhibit space, FABTECH offered visitors the chance to network and learn while exploring three exhibit halls full of new products, technology and manufacturing innovations. The event highlighted several emerging technologies, including additive manufacturing, as well as the latest in automation systems, fiber laser cutting machines, press brakes and more. “The week was full of excitement and enthusiasm and the introduction of leading-edge technology showed manufacturers there is a lot to be optimistic about in the year ahead,” said John Catalano, SME senior director, FABTECH. “We were thrilled with the high turnout in Atlanta and hope that e...

Eli Lilly and Other Drug Stocks Fall on Fear Over Donald Trump’s Next Drug Price Move

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers visit http://www.djreprints.com. Stocks of pharmaceutical companies are falling because investors are worried that the Trump administration’s war to rein in drug prices is just heating up—and that big pharma could be the next target. Early Thursday, the Trump administration acknowledged that it was scrapping a plan to eliminate rebates that drugmakers pay to pharmacy-benefit managers, companies that negotiate prices for medicines on behalf of buyers such as insurance companies. The plan, which pharmacy-benefit managers opposed, wouldn’t have been a problem for drugmakers, whose pricing models would have likely remained intact. But now that the rebate rule is off the table, with the Trump administration still looking for a big win on drug pricing, investors are worried that whatever comes next will hit the drug companies hard. “They’re not doing the rebate rule, so they’re more likely to do something else, and that something else is likely to be more painful for pharma than the rebate rule would have been,” said Mike Newshel, an ana...