Enter Thrash Zone, a Japanese Metal Bar Where ‘Extreme Beer’ Is Everything

A particular kind of thrill-seeking kid will find catharsis for their adolescent angst in the opening notes of Metallica’s 1984 album Ride the Lightning. Koichi Katsuki found the rest of his life. Like many other teenagers in the 1980s, Koichi got into heavy metal when his friends started passing around albums emblazoned with images of skeletons, spikes, leather, and mullets. In Japan, where Koichi grew up, you could rent records from local shops for 200 or 300 yen a piece—a tenth the cost of buying your own copies. While the forlorn ballads of Yosui Inoue and the jazzy yacht rock of Akira Terao topped the Japanese charts, he’d whirl through Iron Maiden’s Killers and Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance, then dig deeper in the bins for heavier riffs, deeper wails, and more epic stories of hell, monsters, and war. “I need more, ah… intense,” Koichi recalled as I sat across from him at the bar of Thrash Zone, his brewery and bar in Yokohama, a bustling port city just south of Tokyo. “More faster, heavier. And then finally, I met Metallica.” Koichi’s taste in music is echoed by his taste in beer. Thrash Zone’s slogan is everywhere: EXTREME BEER ONLY. The bar is tricky to f...

A general printing approach for scalable growth of perovskite single-crystal films

Perovskite single-crystal films, which exhibit exceptionally low trap density and nearly perfect translational symmetry, are believed to achieve the highest performance of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices. However, fabrication of these perovskite single-crystal films is quite difficult because of the uncontrollable nucleation caused by the rapid reaction of two perovskite precursors. We report a facile seed printing approach to selectively create millimeter-sized perovskite single-crystal films with controlled thickness and high yield. We show that perovskite single-crystal films can be perfectly transferred to almost arbitrary substrates through the printing process. The as-grown perovskite single-crystal films have excellent crystalline quality and morphology. We further demonstrate that perovskite single-crystal films can be directly printed for scalable fabrication of photodetectors and effective image sensors. This strategy allows high-yield fabrication of large perovskite single-crystal films for functional devices and may extend to other solution-processed materials for wide applications. Solution-processed hybrid perovskites have been widely investigated in solar ...

Punctures and lacerations, sprains and strains, crushed and broken bones, electric shock, and amputations are some

Punctures and lacerations, sprains and strains, crushed and broken bones, electric shock, and amputations are some of the foot injuries that can occur at work. And aside from injuries, standing for long periods can lead to tired, aching feet. So what can employers and workers do to help prevent these injuries and foot fatigue? Industry insiders weigh in. Overexertion and fatigue can have negative impacts on workers’ feet, but new technology can help track these issues, said Kevan Orvitz, president and founder of Tustin, CA-based MEGAComfort Inc. “Wearable technology started with the wrist and has evolved into enhancing footwear,” Orvitz said. “One of the most groundbreaking footwear technologies is a smart insole that collects data with every step and provides the information on your smart phone. It combines anti-fatigue properties, comfort and powerful walking analytics.” Noting that slip resistance continues to be “top of mind” among jobsite safety directors, Kristin Anderson, senior product merchandising manager at Red Wing, MN-based Red Wing Shoe Co., said new outsoles can stand up to Mother Nature. “Recently, new outsole technologies have entered the market with innovative...

Knoxville restaurant inspections: Gondolier scores 70

The Knox County Health Department recently evaluated the following restaurants. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. The Knox County Health Department recently evaluated the following restaurants. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits; follow-up scores may not be immediately available. For more information on health scores, visit https://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections. Alexus Brown, an inspector for the Department of Health, fills out permit forms for Ruby Sunshine’s restaurant in Knoxville’s Market Square on April 29, 2019. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel ) Hampton Inn, 9128 Executive Park Drive: Plastic utensils not handle-up; coffee filters unprotected. 99 Asian Taste, 625 E. Emory Road, Powell: Unlabeled container; using to-go container to dispense food. 98 Fountain City Diner, 3029 Tazewell Pike: Wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer; equipment stacked while still wet. 98 Nixon’s Deli, 220 N. Peters Road: Containers stacked while still wet; damaged ice maker lid; freezer missing handle, mi...

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Bang-bang is the term often used to describe basic directional-control valves. It refers to how the valves shift—from completely open to completely closed. This usually occurs in an instant, causing fluid to rapidly accelerate and decelerate. Under certain conditions, this can cause fluid hammer, which sounds like a hammer striking the hydraulic system from inside. Hence, shifting the valve from one position to another can produce a bang-bang sound. A less-informal term to describe these components is discrete valves. This term refers to how the valves operate: They shift from one discrete position to another, such as extend, retract, and neutral. Proportional valves, on the other hand, control direction and speed. In addition to shifting into discrete positions, they can shift into intermediate positions to control actuator direction, speed, acceleration, and deceleration. Even more basic than the discrete directional-control valve is the binary val...

Constant innovation with top technology, premium software, and well-qualified employees are the prerequisites for competitive products.

Constant innovation with top technology, premium software, and well-qualified employees are the prerequisites for competitive products. This is what people expect from Gugelfuss. However, top products also demand perfect service, whether for trade partners or end customers, for service creates trust and stable customer relationships. The success of this Swabian family-owned company, which was founded in 1891 as a cooperage, relies on consistent attention to these prerequisites. Today, Martin Gugelfuss manages the company together with his uncle and co-Managing Director Anton Gugelfuss and his sister Susanne Gugelfuss-Dannerbauer (Authorized Representative). The light and airy production facility of the main Elchingen plant fascinates with its architecture, but still more with its high-tech interior life. This is where Gugelfuss, a company with a long tradition, produces its main product: high-quality PVC windows. Another “PVC location” is the Beerwalde plant in Thuringia, whose logistics are closely connected to the main plant in Oberelchingen. Aluminum elements such as exterior doors, windows, and façades are produced in the Straß location near Elchingen. A company...

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I’m looking for something special for my relationshipsignificant otherkidBFFrelativeco-workerpet. This person is best described as personality typeoh so stylishadventurous and outgoinga techno-savanta wellness junkiea #foodiea pop culture addicta proud introvertfurry/scaly/fluffy. I’d like to give them a gift that is themeInstagram click-baitcooking, baking or eatingentertainingthought-provokingan experience they won’t forgeta gift that will make a differencegood for the mind, body and soul. This person’s favorite part of the holiday season is holiday activitybaking holiday cookies and spiked egg nogenjoying the snowy outdoorsspending time away from the office (and in front of the TV)holiday partiescurling up and watching the snow outsidewaiting for summer. I’m on a budget of value$$$$$$. Charcoal is supposed to draw out impurities and toxins (problems that seem to crop up around the holidays) and is often used as an exfoliator. SkinOwl, a Los Angeles line founded by former makeup artist Annie Tevelin, uses charcoal — and lavender, eucalyptus, cedar wood, tea tree and peppermint essential oils — in this cleansing beauty bar. $24. skinowl.com Everyone needs to exfoliate, wh...

FDA Puts the Brakes on CBD-Infused Snacks at the Supermarket

Federal officials say they aren’t ready to allow cannabidiol in food products since it’s being used in medications right now. Don’t expect to find a new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor containing the word “cannabidiol” anytime soon. The company that gave the world Magic Brownies and Cherry Garcia ice cream recently announced its intention to make ice cream flavored with cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from the hemp plant. However, federal regulators are making it clear that CBD-infused munchies won’t be on store shelves soon. The Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain made headlines in April when it rolled out a CBD burger in Colorado — where recreational marijuana use is legal — during the weekend of 4/20, the national holiday for cannabis users. Dirk Van de Put, chief executive officer of Mondelez, the international company that makes Oreo cookies and other snack foods, told CNBC in May the company is “getting ready” to produce CBD-infused food, pending government approval. “You probably already know that we’re fans of all things groovy — think: Half Baked and Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies,” the company said in a statement. “So it’s no surprise that we can’t wait to get into th...

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. An incredibly agile kite, the Synapse has dual Dyneema lines with wrist straps that let you whip it back and forth across the sky. Its large wings are responsive but not finicky. And the Synapse has good range, able to fly in winds as slow as six miles per hour and as fast as 25. Hengda is one of the most trusted names in kites. This low-maintenance parafoil-style model doesn’t have a frame—it still flies taut in the wind, but there’s not much that can break. You need a solid gust to achieve lift, but the Parafoil is easy to pack and carry, and the single line makes it straightforward for even kids to control. Want to do stunts? This dual-line kite is built for performing flips and twists, with a lightweight fiberglass frame and ripstop nylon body. Wrist straps keep the lines secure, but the Osprey and its 60-inch wingspan are best suited for medium-strength wind (think eight to eighteen miles per hour). The Symphony Beach packs up small and is easy to transport, thanks to its frameless design. Its dua...

Phase behaviors of colloidal analogs of bent-core liquid crystals

Bent-core liquid crystal (LC) molecules are known to form mesophases with fascinating polar order and supramolecular chirality despite the achiral nature of the mesogens. The assembly of colloidal particles with geometrical similarity to bent-core molecular mesogens not only provides new insights into the physical behaviors of atoms or molecules but also leads to new materials with broad applications. Despite tremendous progress in colloidal synthesis and assembly, there has been a lack of colloidal model systems of bent-core molecular mesogens for LC property discovery and application development. This article describes a systematic study on the phase behaviors of colloidal analogs of bent-core LC mesogens in both experiments and simulations. We demonstrated that bent rods with controlled bending angle (α) and aspect ratio (L/D, with L and D as the length and diameter of each rod arm, respectively) can spontaneously assemble into several typical banana phases including smectic A, smectic C, synclinic tilted antiferroelectric-like smectic, and twist smectic phases, resembling bent-core LC molecules. The formation and transition of these phases were found to be strongly dependent...

Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

Schlage’s Encode smart deadbolt is a robust smart lock that connects to your Wi-Fi network and is compatible with Key by Amazon. That’s the service that allows Amazon delivery people to place packages inside your door, instead of leaving them on the porch. It works with Key by Amazon-compatible security cameras that allow you to watch and record such deliveries. You can also pair the lock with a Ring Video Doorbell, so you can see who’s at your front door and open it remotely if you choose. Those are some great features, but I quickly discovered that the Schlage Encode exposes an important weakness in Amazon’s approach to the smart home. I recently re-installed a Ring Alarm system so that I could evaluate one of the first products in Ring’s smart lighting series, the Ring Pathlight. Since the Encode works with Ring Video Doorbells and cameras, I assumed it would also work with the Ring Alarm. It doesn’t. The Schlage Encode, as I’ve already mentioned, joins your Wi-Fi network directly, so there is no bridge required. But Ring Alarm will only work with Z-Wave deadbolts, such as Schlage’s own Schlage Connect. If you only have a Ring Video Doorbell or camera installed, a small lock ...

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. Outside’s male staffers love the Retro Pile Pullover for its fuzzy, versatile warmth. Credit the double-sided shearling that’s soft on the skin. It works great as a midlayer fleece or over a shirt for spring hikes. The H2No fabric that Patagonia uses for the Rainshadow is fully waterproof and fairly breathable, but cheaper to produce than Gore-Tex, keeping the cost of the jacket low. A helmet-compatible hood with a visor, watertight zippers, and a draw-cord at the hem are just a few of the highlights of this fully featured rain shell. Gear editor Ben Fox praised Patagonia’s Nine Trails packs for their clean efficiency. “With a minimalist design and well-considered features, Patagonia has proven that when it comes to daypacks, simpler is better,” he writes. It’s available in both men’s and women’s sizes from 14 to 36 liters. Our tester praised this shirt in his test of the best performance flannels. “The Fjord deserves points for its 100 percent organic cotton, which...