Russia’s May oil output hits 11-month low on dirty oil crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian oil output fell to 11.11 million barrels per day (bpd) in May, its lowest level since June 2018, from 11.23 million bpd in April, Energy Ministry data showed on Sunday. The production fall resulted mainly from the closure due to oil contamination of Russia’s Druzhba pipeline, which usually ships 1 million bpd, or 1 percent of global oil demand. As a result, Russian oil production during May fell by more than stipulated in a global deal with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The Energy Ministry data showed Russian oil pipeline exports in May fell to 4.209 million bpd, from 4.494 million bpd in April, as supplies via the Druzhba pipeline almost dried up, while seaborne exports jumped by 11.5 percent. Russia expects to clean up the pipeline, which was built in the 1960s and carries Russian oil to Europe, including Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, within six to eight months. In tonnes, oil output reached 47.004 million in May versus 45.975 million in April, which is one day shorter than May. Reuters uses a tonnes/barrel ratio of 7.33. Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft accounted for most of the cuts, with a month...

Brookhaven, U Arkansas team develop new core-shell catalyst for ethanol fuel cells

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Arkansas have developed a highly efficient catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol. The ternary Au@PtIr core–shell catalyst, described in a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, steers the electro-oxidation of ethanol down an ideal chemical pathway that releases the liquid fuel’s full potential of stored energy. For the ethanol reduction reaction (EOR) in alkaline solutions, the new catalyst exhibits an activity enhancement of 6 orders of magnitude compared to AuPtIr alloy catalysts. This catalyst is a game changer that will enable the use of ethanol fuel cells as a promising high-energy-density source of off-the-grid electrical power. Much of ethanol’s potential power is locked up in the carbon-carbon bonds that form the backbone of the molecule. Direct ethanol fuel cells using proton exchange membrane or anion exchange membrane are attractive power sources for portable devices due to the high energy density of the fuel and system. Each ethanol molecule can release 12 electrons (12e) via a complete electrooxidation: CH3CH2OH + 3H2O = 2CO2 + 12H...

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. The Charge 3 is a favorite of ours for several reasons: it has great battery life (up to 20 hours of play time), it can charge your phone (via the USB output), and it’s IPX7 waterproof (read: it’s fully submersible). Oh, and there’s that ample bass. Lash this speaker to the front of your paddleboard and go. This little dynamo’s best feature is its 360-degree sound—you don’t have to worry about where the thing is pointed for unobstructed listening. Other perks: it’s completely waterproof and floats, plus you can pair two devices at once for friendly DJ battles. You don’t have to drop serious cash for serious sound. Anker specializes in budget-friendly speakers, and the SoundCore Sport is no exception. It’s shockproof and waterproof, so you can take it on the trail, river, or out in a rainstorm without worry. Its eight-ounce frame belies its rich sound and ten-hour battery life. True wireless headphones, these fit snugly inside your ears. And they can handle spray from a shower or the sweatiest workout o...

JLT Mobile Computers Presents Next Generation Vehicle Mount Computers at TOC Europe Stockholm Stock Exchange:JLT

Compact, high-performance 12-inch rugged JLT6012™ computer optimizes uptime, improves safety, and increases workflow efficiency in ports and container terminals Växjö, Sweden, 13 June 2019   * * *   JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, showcases its game-changing JLT6012™ vehicle-mount computer at the TOC Europe global container supply chain event in Rotterdam from 18-20 June 2019. Well suited for the high reliability and security requirements of port settings, the JLT6012 mobile terminal can be custom-built to fit the exact needs of shippers, carriers, port authorities, global operators, and third party logistics.   Designed to be installed in vehicles, trucks and forklifts, the compact JLT6012 computer’s wide-range 9-60 VDC isolated power supply enables installation in most types of vehicles without the need for an external power adapter. Capable of running Windows 10, Android or Linux, the JLT6012 comes with a virtually indestructible high-brightness JLT PowerTouch™ display with adjustable auto-dimming, a feature that is particularly well suited for port operations; the same applies to the fact that the u...

Using Footprint Analyzers to Quantify Limonene and Diacetyl Levels in Orange Juice

Orange juice is a common breakfast beverage that is enjoyed all over the world. However, certain chemical compounds in orange juice, such as diacetyl and limonene, can not only affect the taste of the drink, but they are also potentially hazardous. These compounds can occur via microbiological contamination (due to poor processing), or via handling procedures. Limonene is a colorless liquid hydrocarbon that is categorized as a ‘cyclic terpene’. It is a common d-isomer that smells strongly of oranges. It has a detrimental effect on cellular health if consumed for extended periods of time. Limonene also has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases and general cell aging. Diacetyl, which is an organic compound, is a yellow or green liquid that has a buttery flavor. Its exposures could potentially lead to hazardous flavorings in orange juice (as well as in other fruit juices), due to its toxic properties. These unwelcome materials do not usually affect flavor unless they are present in very high concentrations. Thus, it is important that manufacturers have a way of quantifying the presence of diacetyl and limonene in orange juice before it reaches customers. California-based EST In...

Action cameras and dashcams for recording off-road trips

The automakers often look to other industries for new ideas and technological breakthroughs. A prime example is the connectivity in new-model vehicles. Bluetooth and other innovations from the consumer electronics segment are some of the most sought-after features in new cars and trucks. This technological relationship can work both ways. Arguably, the action-camera craze—one of the hottest and most profitable subgenre in consumer electronics—spawned from automotive back-up cameras. According to legend, surfer Nick Woodman was interested in a DIY way to record “pro” footage of his aquatic adventures. After developing human-tethered point-and-shoot film cameras in waterproof housings, he noticed the durable, wide-angle cameras used for automotive back-up monitoring. Woodman combined these optics with memory storage, a rechargeable battery, and a waterproof housing. The GoPro quickly became one of the most entertaining innovations of the past generation. Most four-wheelers are now familiar with mountable action cameras. YouTube and social media are inundated with footage of enthusiasts’ off-pavement adventures and up-close looks at various components in action. A related but lesse...

Phinma Petroleum withdraws 14% stake in Palawan prospect

MANILA, Philippines — Phinma Petroleum and Geothermal Inc. (PPGI) has completed the withdrawal of its interest in a petroleum block in northwest Palawan after securing government approval. The company told the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday that it relinquished its 14.063 percent participating interest in Service Contract (SC) 6 Block B in favor of its partners. This was approved by the Department of Energy on Oct. 30, 2018, one year and eight months after the company notified the consortium of its plans to withdraw. “The company believes that the remaining prospects in the block are either uneconomic or extremely high risk and, therefore, do not warrant further investments,” PPGI said. However, the company retained its 2.475 percent carried interest in the block, which is a non-paying interest comparable to a royalty that shares in any production revenues. This is “to ensure that the company will still benefit in the event of any commercial oil production in the area.” Its other partners in the prospect include Philodrill Corp., Nido Petroleum Ltd., Oriental Petroleum & Minerals Corp., Forum Energy Philippines Corp. and Alcorn Petroleum & Minerals Corp. The field ...

ATI Industrial Automation’s QC-11 automatic tool changer (ATC) is a vital component of many robotic applications

ATI Industrial Automation’s QC-11 automatic tool changer (ATC) is a vital component of many robotic applications and is now certified to work seamlessly with collaborative robots from Universal Robots, joining more than 150 products in the UR+ portfolio featuring plug-and-play solutions for UR cobots that help users get up and running quickly. The QC-11 enables automatic exchange of robotic end-effectors without any manual intervention. With an ATI ATC, a robot can use multiple end-effectors in a single process. Preceding the QC-11 in the UR+ program are ATI’s Axia80 force/torque sensor and MC-10 manual tool changer.  The QC-11 is the first automated tool changer developed in the Americas to obtain UR+ certification. It was featured last week at ATI Industrial Automation’s Automation Expo held at the company’s recently expanded and renovated headquarters in Apex, North Carolina. The Expo was a unique opportunity for attendees to see this tool changer in action, witnessing its extremely high strength-to-weight ratio. When coupled, the master and tool weigh less than 0.25kg (0.55 lb), with a combined stack height of 52.4mm (2.06″). The small footprint of the robust QC-11 he...

At Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, your eyes will fixate on the half-moon-shaped lagoon

At Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, your eyes will fixate on the half-moon-shaped lagoon and the sandy beach lining it just outside. But give the art hanging next to the lobby a careful look, or you just might miss the next big artist and some of the hotel’s best views. If you happened to peruse the white walls back in late 2018, you would have gotten a sneak peek at fashion brand Guess’ summer 2019 collection. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s artist-in-residence Eduardo Bolioli hung his Pop-influenced island paintings there. Guess took some of the vivid pieces bearing hammerhead sharks, malolos (Hawaiian for “flying fish”) and honu (green sea turtles) and transformed them into fabric for a limited-edition line of men’s bathing suits and T-shirts, which quickly sold out. The environment features prominently in Bolioli’s juxtaposition of bold nature prints and native silhouettes, so it makes sense that the theme carries over to the eye-catching board shorts — they are made of 100 percent recycled polyester from plastic bottles plucked from the ocean. While Bolioli hails from South America, he feels drawn to Hawaii for one singular reason: “Freedom,” says the artist...

Fear of a Black Mountain: Tampa Museum of Art’s Elevation of Abstract Expressionism

There is a formidable father figure hovering over the powerful double exhibition of broadly-defined Abstract Expression at the Tampa Museum of Art, just not the one some seemed to be expecting. Rather – and appropriately given that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus – it is Josef Albers whose spirit dominates. Exacting, meddling, and critical, yet so inseparable from his own theoretical concerns as to be cold and distant, it is the students – damaged, rebellious, reverent, brilliant – of Albers and their patrilineal inheritors who are the stars of this show. Albers, who, upon being uprooted from his role as handicrafts master at the Bauhaus Dessau in 1933 immediately became head of the painting school at Black Mountain College, also forcefully reminds us that modern and contemporary art, and its presence in museums, is a shared international terrain that should be marked by continuity, not competition. Even artists not engaged in comparable processes of production must, in this time when it has become fashionable to repudiate the “moment of Modernism,” recognize this import network of systems and influences that traces its origins to fin de siècle Munich, then ...

Global and China Agricultural Machinery Market Report 2019 Featuring 8 Global and 18 Key Chinese Enterprises

DUBLIN, June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global and China Agricultural Machinery Industry Research Report, 2019-2025″ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. Since 2015, China’s agricultural machinery industry has entered a stage of deep adjustment. It slumped in 2016 and 2017 and remained a low level in 2018 with the annual revenue growth rate of 1.67%. The profits of enterprises above designated size (with the annual revenue of over RMB20 million) fell sharply to -15.76%. The export delivery value shrank by 2.17% year on year. It is expected that China’s agricultural machinery industry will continue to face a downward trend in 2019. The product mix adjustment of agricultural machinery is gradually deepened amidst the industry adjustment. In 2018, the downward pressure on tractors, harvesters, and transplanters increased significantly. According to China Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, China produced 1,797.77 million large and medium tractors, 36,891 small four-wheel tractors and 72,302 walking tractors in 2018, down 20.79%, 79.14% and 21.21% year on year, respectively. Given the huge ownership, most ...

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