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Cutting the Snoring Out Of Your Life

Posted March 30th, 2015 by | 6 Comments
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If you are one of those people who tried to stop snoring by using natural remedies without any success, there are a few medical devices that could help you overcome this condition.

If you stopped drinking alcohol and dairy products before bed time without success, tried sleeping on your side and taking decongestive tablets, and still you are losing the snoring battle, this would be the answer for you. CPAP is a facemask that pushes air through your airways to keep them open during the time of sleep. This machine is the size of a shoebox with a flexible tube and mask. With CPAP, it does not matter where the obstruction would be occurring. Apart from Continue reading Cutting the Snoring Out Of Your Life »

Aveda Goes For Broke In Tokyo

Posted March 24th, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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After more than two years of planning, Aveda is set to unveil a key piece in its global expansion strategy: launching in Japan.

The company's first mark in the country will be with a three-level facility in Tokyo's trendy Minami Aoyama area this fall, noted Dominique Conseil, president of Aveda, who visited here in May to announce the official launch of the brand to the Japanese market. The space will include a shop and cafe on the first floor and a salon and spa on the second floor and basement, respectively.

agfbitGlobal expansion for the brand has been a goal of Aveda's parent, the Estee Lauder Cos., since it purchased the lifestyle brand in December 1997. And with this launch, Aveda has a president who's at home in the market: before assuming the presidency of Aveda in July 2000, Conseil had previously been president Continue reading Aveda Goes For Broke In Tokyo »

What Is Offer In Compromise Help?

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by | No Comments
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wiaoicTaxes should be paid in full amount and on the designated due date in order not to receive any notice from the Internal Revenue Service and avoid any lawsuit for this matter. However, when these taxes are not paid due to some unforeseeable circumstance, IRS offers several options including the offer in compromise help. Basically, the offer in compromise help is not granted to anyone who has IRS problems. There is a certain requirement needed before this privilege will be given and to be eligible, one must be able to submit these important documents and have his/her current economic status assessed.

The Internal Revenue Service will determine if the person is eligible or not and they will ask the individual to pay a certain amount of his tax debt. The offer in compromise is actually a great Continue reading What Is Offer In Compromise Help? »

Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 Models

Posted February 18th, 2015 by | No Comments
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Mazda's commercialization of the Miller-cycle engine, an invention dating back to the 1940s, got more Japanese media attention than any single advance in fuel conservation. The engine generates 1.5 times the torque of a traditional engine of the same displacement, while improving fuel efficiency 10 to 15%. In the Miller cycle, the compression stroke is shortened to attain a small compression ratio with a large expansion ratio. The engine achieves both low compression ratios and high expansion ratios by delaying the close-timing of the intake valves. To compensate for the decreased amount of intake air, caused by the delay of the closing intake valves, a Lysholm compressor pushes a large volume of compressed air into the cylinder with a screw-type rotor mechanism. Mazda's KJ-ZEM Miller-cycle engine is a 24-valve V6 DOHC model with a bore of 80.3 mm, stroke of 74.2 mm, displacement of 2,254 cc, actual compression ratio of 8.0, maximum torque of 30.0 kg-m/3,500 rpm, power output of 220 ps/5,500 rpm, and high expansion ratio of 10. The Lysholm compressor sits in the V-bank between the cylinder blocks and is driven by a V-belt. Rotors take air in and compress it by a factor of two. A 1.5 X increase in air volume goes to the combustion chamber even if a portion returns to the inlet manifold because of the delayed closing of the inlet valves.

Hydrogen powered

Mazda employed a hydrogen rotary engine on its HR-X2 concept vehicle that contains several improvements compared to commercially available versions. Most interesting is the improved torque in the low-to-mid rpm range. Mazda changed the point of hydrogen injection from the side of the rotor housing to the top of the housing. This shortens the distance between the hydrogen-intake valve and the rotor housing. During intake, hydrogen enters the chamber from a different port than air.

The HR-X2 is an updated version of the hydrogen powered HR-X introduced at the last Tokyo show two years ago. Besides the improved rotary engine, the HR-X2 boasts of a cell-type metal-hydride fuel tank. To store large quantities of hydrogen, it takes advantage of the fact that hydrogen passes easily between the relatively widely spaced atoms of metals. Metal hydride absorbs hydrogen when cooled, and releases it when heated. To release hydrogen, warm water is drawn into the tank to provide a heat source. Even if the tank is unintentionally broken, the release of hydrogen naturally cools the metal hydride to prevent any further loss.

The vehicle is also billed as 100% recyclable. Mazda designed the car based on the possible use of liquid-crystal polymer fiber reinforced plastic, which is said to retain strength after recycling, thus allowing it to be used repeatedly. (The version on display, however, was not actually built with this advanced plastic.) Vehicle structure promotes easy detachment of the upper body from the metal under the chassis. Door panel openings have been enlarged to make it easier to remove functional parts such as the regulator and motor. Seat cushions are the press-and-fit type for easy detachment. For the sake of easy disassembly, headlights mount directly under the windshield, and meters and switches in the instrument panel are integrated with the headlights and turn signals.

Juiced up

The EVX is an electric vehicle designed by Honda. It uses a recyclable lead acid battery and solar panels covering the roof. Electricity to be used by headlights, audio, and ventilation systems comes from an auxiliary battery. To reduce electricity use, headlights have discharge tubes and rear lamps are LEDs. Mileage between charges is said to be 150 km, at maximum speeds of 130 km/h. Nissan AP-X

The four-door AP-X is a concept car designed to show Nissan's philosophy for future sedans. It uses infra-red scanners to detect pedestrians or animals on the road at night, flashing an instrument-panel warning if anything shows up. Radar cuts through rain or fog to measure distances to preceding or following vehicles. The car bleeps a warning if the gap narrows too much.

Safety sells

Honda's Future Safety Research vehicle automatically reduces speed for sharp corners and uses bumper-mounted cameras to transmit images to a dashboard display. The tiny front cameras are positioned so the driver can see around corners in urban traffic. Honda did not explain why cameras are better than nose-mounted mirrors, however. Critics call this a perfect example of how car makers are preoccupied with exhibiting technological prowess but unsure how to benefit drivers or themselves with it.

Other features on the vehicle include a rear message board to transmit driver intentions to other cars, a strobe light in the door pillar to make an open door more visible to vehicles approaching from the rear, and a specially designed hood to reduce front impact loads.

Japanese Teahouses And Really Thin Houses In Japan

Posted February 10th, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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In 1993 the Japanese architect Shigeru Uchida designed three cube-like teahouses that were easy to assemble, dismantle, and move. The differences between the three boxes--each roughly 8 feet square and 7 feet high--lay in Uchida's treatment of the defining element of all Japanese structures: the lattice wall. According to Uchida, what distinguishes Japanese from Western building is the notion of kekkyu-- boundaries. These range in hierarchy from a painted line or a stone at a threshold to a solid fortress wall. In between these is the lattice, a perforated barrier through which a passerby may catch a glimpse of private acts. Among his three teahouses, Ji-an ("house of perception") is an elegant patchwork of square and vertical grids, Gyo-an ("house of memories") has slats intersecting in a tangle of triangles through which the night sky appears as through a dizzying mesh of stars, and So-an ("house of composition") features gridded wall with a vertical emphasis calmly alternating with walls composed purely o f squares. The interiors glow from the golden wood of which they are made. As the late literary and cultural critic Roland Barthes once wrote, "Wood...produces a world of objects easy on the eyes, already human by their substance, resistant but not brittle, constructible but not plastic." Though strikingly modern, Uchida's structures are redolent of what Barthes called "a more vegetal age."

jtarthThis year, Uchida's teahouses are traveling to museums and design centers throughout Germany. Their curator is Georg Wawerla, a designer in Kiel, who worked with Uchida and the late Aldo Rossi on the Mochiko Hotel in Japan and now markets the teahouses through his own company, Studio 38. Why bring (and sell) teahouses to Germans? Wawerla's caravan of the wood structures is intended to focus German attention on what he calls "reductivism" (the vernacular form of minimalism) as a decorating principle, the only principle Wawerla finds intact in Germany's post-Bauhaus, post-World War II architecture and interiors.

When Dutch ships sailing from China and Japan first brought tea to Europe in 1610 social life, most indelibly in England, was transformed. The beverage revolutionized ceramic production throughout Europe by creating a demand for new pots and cups based on Asian export wares. But tea (first used by the Chinese in about the 8th century as medicine) failed to doctor Europe's essentially mundane concept of social intercourse, though commercial teahouses proliferated and the drink was elaborately served in aristocratic homes. According to Uchida, the great 16th-century tea master Rikyu intended the tea ceremony to lead the participants' minds unconsciously to "the realm of supernatural necessity. The principle of the tea ceremony is often said to be [that] one meets another only once in a lifetime. Therefore, one must do one's best to appreciate the meeting." Paraphrasing Rikyu, Uchida notes that tea cures one's thirst not just for liquid but also for soul, for relationship. And the building in which we slake the se thirsts is, like all traditional Japanese art--be it woodcut, calligraphic, or ceramic-a material cipher enclosing a silent emptiness at the center of things.

Is the arrival of Uchida's teahouses in Germany simply one more instance of the kekkyu of nations, cultures, or styles being erased from the globe by the haste and superficiality of so much information? Georg Wawerla is too conscious of design history to accept that analysis; he relates Uchida's simple forms to the utopian worker housing created by the Expressionist architect Bruno Taut in the 1920s. Taut himself spent several years in Japan and published The Japanese House and Its Life (1937), which compared the Japanese wooden country domicile with its counterparts in Scandinavia, Germany, and Eastern Europe. Building was for Taut a primal, mystical occasion to redeem modern life, most famously embodied in his faceted glass pavilion for the Deutsche Werkbund exhibition 1914 in Cologne, an attempt, not unlike the Japanese lattice or shoji screen, to open up walls without entirely transgressing boundaries. A teahouse in Deutschland looks back not only to Meissen, but to German modernism's earliest impulse, t he first Bauhaus at Dessau, where Gropius's co-founder, the Swiss symbolist painter Johannes Itten, wore a monk's robe to teach color theory as a form of religion, in his case, theosophy. Meanwhile, the latticed and lanterned Glasgow tearooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (also a theosophist) had been introduced to German designers by the Berlin architect Hermann Muthesis in his 1904 book The English House. Under Walter Gropius and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bauhaus ideology shifted from spirit to function, but not without a lingering perfume of the meeting between mysticism, craftsmanship, and faith in the humanistic possibilities of technology.

Wawerla notes that response to a short piece on the teahouses in Wallpaper magazine last year has been immense, resulting in orders (at roughly $16,000 per house) from "some very interesting people, many of them in the United States." He and Uchida want to set the exhibition in motion here. Since the average American now moves every three years, owners can pack up their sanctuaries along with the sofa and dining room set. But will those steely Miele built-ins bought so dear prove as mobile?