Mit Invents A Radical New Way To Heat Buildings: Spotlights That Follow You | Design | Wired

Image: MIT A prototype of the Local Warming system. Image: MIT A prototype of the Local Warming system. Image: MIT Making the prototype. Image: MIT Making the prototype. A $99 Gadget That Makes Your Oven Way Smarter ADVERTISEMENT The heat in big buildings is a massive energy suck. Commercial buildings account for 20 percent of the national energy consumptiona big number on its own, but stunning when you consider that often, those buildings are half empty. A new project from MITs Senseable City Lab is looking to decrease the amount of wasted energy by creating hyper-localized beams of heat.
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Crude Oil Ends A Tad Higher After Supply Data

Worries over weak demand from China and news about resumption of oil shipments from Libya limited oil’s gains. The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. unit against six major currencies, traded at 82.43 on Wednesday, down from its previous close of 82.68 late Tuesday in North American trade. The dollar scaled a high of 82.73 intraday and a low of 82.40. The euro trended higher against the dollar at $1.3195 on Wednesday, as compared to its previous close of $1.3167 late Tuesday in North American trade. The euro scaled a high of $1.3210 intraday and a low of $1.3153. In economic news from the eurozone, the leading economic indicators index rebounded in July, gaining 0.3 percent month-over-month, following the 0.1 percent drop in June. At the Jackson Hole Symposium last Friday, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the ECB might come out with more stimulus if inflation dropped further. China’s consumer sentiment dropped in August, results of a survey by MNI and Westpac showed Wednesday.
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Treasury Bonds Claw Back Losses As Ukraine Overshadows Yellen – Nasdaq.com

Yellen’s comments because their yields are directly affected by the Fed’s interest-rate outlook. Long-dated bonds are influenced more by the outlook for inflation which chips away bonds’ value over time. The two-year note was 1/32 lower, yielding 0.496%. The five-year note was 4/32 lower, yielding 1.655%. Ms. Yellen said if the job market continues to improve more rapidly than expected or inflation rises quickly to the Fed’s 2% goal, the Fed could raise rates sooner than expected.
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Election Board Dismisses Requirement For Elgin’s Campaign Records

Superintendent Larry Veracco and Kolling Principal Cassandra Cruz testified that Robert never brought those problems to their attention. Veracco said the schools heating system automatically converts to air conditioning on a timed schedule. The gym doesnt have air conditioning. Those are the same conditions the students have, Veracco told the board. Cruz said she welcomed the poll workers and never received any complaints on election day.
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High-performance Lexus Rc F V8 Coupe Readied For Uk Launch

MORE INFO Lexus Buyer’s Guide In terms of looks alone, the RC F has already made a huge impact, following its world reveal at the Detroit motor show in January. Its now ready to make good on the promise of its attention-grabbing, contemporary Lexus styling with thoroughbred performance, handling and advanced new technologies. Being a Lexus, it is also equipped and finished to the highest quality standards. UK model range RC F will be launched in the UK in two versions: RC F and the RC F Carbon. Both are equipped with the same V8 engine, a new 5.0-litre, 32-valve V8 that is the most powerful Lexus has yet created for a production car. Developed specifically for the RC F and matched to a specially calibrated eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission, its set to deliver more than 450bhp and 520Nm. The RC Fs profile as an authentic high-performance machine is witnessed in the standard fitment of Brembo brakes, Sachs monotube shock absorbers, an active rear wing, Lexuss Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system and 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The RC F Carbon benefits from additional performance features in the form of a torque-vectoring differential and a CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic) roof, bonnet and rear spoiler. It marks a world-first in the use of a torque-vectoring differential in a front engine/rear-wheel drive car, giving the driver the choice of with three operating modes to optimise traction and vehicle control in different scenarios, from everyday driving to track performance.
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Montgomery County Sets The Standard In High School Sports Facilities — Gazette.net

But even with more schools, and a bigger selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince Georges. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The biggest reason for this is because Montgomery puts more money into its athletics. Montgomery County Public Schools allocated $7.8 million to its athletics which represented about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget the last fiscal year. Prince Georges County Public Schools allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the countys $1.687 billion budget from last year. While Prince Georges has struggled to squeeze funds into basic maintenance needs, Montgomery has been able to stay on top of potential issues. Take gym floors for example. Between Prince Georges and Montgomery County high schools, Damascus High School has the oldest basketball court. It hasnt been replaced since the school was built in 1950.
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Lakeport Unified Trustees Vote To Pursue $17 Million Bond Measure

More than 65 percent of respondents were in favor of the bond Lakeport Unified is proposing, according to a report Isom gave the board last month. The projects listed in the bond measure resolution the board passed Thursday night include access to technology; upgrades to existing classroom and school facilities or construction of new ones; a new library/media center for Terrace Middle School; renovation of the Westshore Pool; replacing aging temporary portables with permanent classrooms; construction of a food service dining area for high school students; upgrading playgrounds, fields, gym and weight room facilities; and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades. Whitmore said today’s 21st century educational environments are centered on students, and focus on collaboration, mobility and flexibility. As an example of classroom upgrades the district may want to consider, Whitmore showed a Lakeport Unified classroom alongside a more modern demonstration classroom the firm has designed. Rather than a room crowded with small individual desks, the newer classroom had tables and chairs on castors that can be easily moved, a smart board and interactive project. The idea with 21st century learning is that it’s agile, Whitmore said. Whitmore said BCA suggested upgrading the district’s classrooms in order for its schools to be more competitive and viable.
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