15-Year Wait for New Demons & Wizards Album: What Else Happened?

It’s been 15 years since Demons and Wizards, the collaborative group starring Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer and Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch, released a new record. III, their first album since issuing Touched By the Crimson King in 2005, is out now and when the two stopped by New York City, we dove into some of the major events in rock and metal that have taken place since we last heard from the group. While both musicians have been incredibly active in their respective groups over the last 15 years, closing the gap between Demons & Wizards releases offered a chance for reflection on how much has changed. That amount of time can change musicians themselves and the way they write, making fans apprehensive about the high-pressure stakes of a comeback record. After one listen of III, it’s evident that this duo’s grip on their spellbinding heavy metal attack has not loosened a bit. Jon, I’ll let you kick this thing off. I know you’ve got one topic in mind that had a profound impact on all of us. Jon Schaffer: Since our last album came out, the passing of Ronnie [James Dio] was obviously a big event for the whole metal community. I loved hi...

This article originally appeared in Water & Wastes Digest Februrary 2020 issue as “Las Vegas Goes

This article originally appeared in Water & Wastes Digest Februrary 2020 issue as “Las Vegas Goes All In”  Numbers paint a dire picture of water consumption in Las Vegas. The metropolitan region has a population of 2.2 million, and the average household uses 222 gallons of water per day. That results in approximately 489 million gallons of daily water consumption.  That is a lot of water, especially for a region that averages just greater than 4 inches of rainfall every year. That water is becoming even more scarce. In a stretch that ended in January 2018, Las Vegas went 116 straight days without rain, its longest stretch ever. In 2019, the region had a “good” year with rainfall netting more than 7 inches. In many U.S. communities, that figure is merely a good soaking from a one- or two-day tropical storm. The Southern Nevada Water Authority adopted conservation measures in 2003, and the programs have dramatically reduced water consumption. The community used 27 billion gallons less in 2018 than in 2002, even as the population increased by 690,000 residents. The conservation measures include limiting watering days to one day per week, turf limits, residential wat...

Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc’s buyer’s guide to the DT Swiss wheel range in

Welcome to the latest edition of road.cc’s buyer’s guide to the DT Swiss wheel range in which you’ll find everything you need to know to find the right DT Swiss wheels for you. In this updated edition of our look at DT Swiss wheels, we’ve added DT Swiss’s range of gravel bike wheels. Deciding on the most suitable wheels for you from the large DT Swiss range can be tricky, so here’s a guide to help you get it right. The range has been restructured recently and many new models have been added. Here’s how to navigate it. The name of each wheel can give you a lot of information, as long as you know what everything means… Then, an upper case R stands for Race and a C means that the rim is carbon. If there’s no C, the rim is aluminium. • 240s based hubs • Stainless steel bearings • Ratchet System freehub • Carbon or aluminium rims • 350 based hubs • Stainless steel bearings • Ratchet System freehub • Aluminium rims • 370 based hubs • Stainless steel bearings • Pawl system freehub • Aluminium rims The hubs are all DT Swiss’s own, the 240s being the lightest of the ones mentioned here. The hubs with higher numb...

State Policy Options To Reduce Prescription Drug Spending

Bottles of prescription drugs are filled as they move down an automated line at a pharmacy in Midvale, Utah, September 2018. States have a variety of policy options to reduce their prescription drug spending without jeopardizing the health of patients. Prescription drug spending has been rising steadily across the United States since the late 1970s.1 Congress is considering multiple approaches at the federal level to reduce drug spending,2 but state policymakers can also act independently to address this issue in the interim. States that wish to lower their prescription drug expenditures face a number of challenges. Federal law preempts the most sweeping, comprehensive state reforms that could lower prescription drug prices.3 Moreover, the complexity of the prescription drug supply chain and the myriad interactions that different state agencies have with different parts of the supply chain require a multifaceted approach. However, given the budgetary pressure that drug prices put on states, as well as the harm excessive prices have on residents’ health and finances, many states are considering various policy changes. This report discusses policy options available to states and W...

Precision sheet metal bending and the V groove: Part II The FABRICATOR STAMPING Journal The Welder The Tube and Pipe Journal The FABRICATOR en Español The Additive Report The FABRICATOR The Welder The Tube and Pipe Journal STAMPING Journal The Additive Report The FABRICATOR en Español

Last month I introduced the concept of V-grooving, a viable option if you need to produce cosmetically critical bends with very tight bend radii. If you see an architectural panel bend with an outside radius that’s extremely tight for the material thickness—and it looks perfect, free of any trace of cracking—chances are it was formed with V-grooving. V-groove bending can establish the bend line and bend angle using grooves cut along the bend line. It’s also known as score-folding, V-cutting, and back-scoring. The grooving process, performed by a separate cutting machine, produces a V-cut located at the bend line. After groove-cutting, the bend can be completed at the press brake or even by hand. At the press brake, the operator can bend the grooved metal into various angles and shapes using off-the-shelf or custom tools. Last month I described the advantages, which include ease of forming and dimensional accuracy, and disadvantages, which include the low strength of a V-groove bend. This month I’ll cover exactly how to perform V-groove bends and how you can make the process as repeatable and reliable as possible. If you’re thinking of using the V-grooving technique to produce p...

Introduced in North America at ICUEE in 2015, the 74-horsepower JCB 3CX Compact backhoe loader targets

Introduced in North America at ICUEE in 2015, the 74-horsepower JCB 3CX Compact backhoe loader targets utility applications, road construction, and urban job sites requiring power and maneuverability in a small package. The machine is 35 percent smaller than the conventional 3CX backhoe loader and reflects the company’s thinking that modern construction sites will become increasingly congested, particularly in urban areas. The size definitely leads one to do a double take, particularly next to other iron. The backhoe loader is a mere 8 feet 3 inches high and 6 feet 2 inches wide, and the unit’s four-wheel steering allows a turning circle of just over 19 feet. “It’s the only construction-grade backhoe loader this size, and not an ag tractor with a backhoe attachment,” says JCB backhoe loader product manager Diego Butzke, who is on hand to review the features and controls before the test. Butzke says that the unit’s appeal is high with utility companies, cemeteries, and smaller contractors because of the versatility and the chance to replace small loaders and mini excavators. “Many customers are tired of hauling two machines, having two operators or two crews, so they want one ma...

What does the future hold for Bombardier Belfast?: CompositesWorld

Bombardier Belfast, fabricator of the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft, is for sale. The ownership under which this facility lands may say a lot about the future of infusion in large aerostructures. The wing of the Airbus A220 is fabricated using resin infusion at Bombardier’s manufacturing facility near the George Best Belfast City Airport. Use of resin infusion to manufacture aerostructures is an emerging material and process combination that likely will see expanded use in future aircraft programs. Photo | Bombardier Bombardier’s aerostructures manufacturing facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is for sale. Bombardier actually has six manufacturing facilities in the Belfast area, all of which are for sale, and all of them fall under a single corporate entity called Short Brothers plc. Who might acquire these facilities, and whether or not certain intellectual property will come with the acquisition, will be key not just to the facilities and the buyers, but to the larger aerocomposites industry. The centerpiece of the Bombardier Belfast operations is the fabrication of the wing for the Airbus A220. The A220 is a single-aisle commercial passe...

Plant Tour: RUAG Space, Decatur, Alabama, U.S.: CompositesWorld

Out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing facility comes of age with first U.S.-made composite structures for the Atlas V launcher, and qualification parts for the Vulcan. Launcher systems. Composite payload fairings in various stages of completion at RUAG Space’s Decatur, Ala., U.S. facility.  CW Photo | Scott Francis In 2015, United Launch Alliance (ULA, Centennial, Colo., U.S.) announced a strategic partnership with RUAG Space (Zurich, Switzerland) that would move production of composite structures for the Atlas V rocket to the U.S. The move was part of a transition by ULA from the Delta and Atlas rocket programs toward the next-generation Vulcan family of launchers, which will start with the Vulcan Centaur as early as 2021. The Vulcan program will adapt and evolve technologies of Delta and Atlas, consolidate the expenses of the two lines and allow for ULA to retire the currently used Russian-developed RD-1 engine in favor of the BE-4 engine developed by Blue Origin (Kent, Wash., U.S.). The Vulcan program will serve satellite launches as well as crewed missions. The first planned Vulcan mission is to launch an Astrobotic (Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.) lunar lander in 2021. A Sierr...