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Aston Martin DBX teaser affirms the SUVs ties to the DB lineage

first_img Aston Martin Aston Martin’s DBX SUV throws snow all over the place More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante: A good reason for sunburn 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 10 Photos This December, Aston Martin will welcome its first SUV into the world known as the DBX. The British luxury brand delivered the news in a teaser video (embedded above) for the DBX SUV on Monday without providing a more specific date. Previously, we knew the luxury SUV was coming in the final quarter of this year, but Aston Martin is going to wait until the very last month to unveil its SUV. Not only that, but the brand wants us to know that just because this is an SUV, it doesn’t mean it’s not a true part of the DB family. The designation dates back decades and sits as a prefix to some of the most iconic Aston Martin models.This teaser focuses specifically on the grille, which takes a familiar shape from the DB line of cars. Today, that encompasses the DBS Superleggera and DB11. As is all too familiar a story, people dig utility vehicles these days, which has led to an insurgence of ultraluxurious SUVs. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and more have recently cropped up. The DBX will do its best to capture the same market, though more than likely, owners will park it next to another Aston Martin in the garage.Aside from the small shot of the grille, we do get a rough look at the headlights and daytime-running lights as the teaser closes. However, prototype photos already give us a good idea as to what the SUV will look like when we see it later this year. The biggest mystery remains the rear end, which we don’t see at all in the teaser. Even in the previously released prototype photos (see the gallery below), the DBX’s back end was pretty well camouflaged. Do expect a Vantage-esque look with the taillights.While the original idea was to make the DBX an electric vehicle, Aston Martin scrapped that plan as the Lagonda came back into the picture. As for powertrains, it’ll likely stick to V8 and V12 engines, but we’ll know for sure in a few months. The Rapide AMR has the last-ever naturally aspirated… 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Post a comment More about 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante 4:39 Tags 0 SUVs Luxury cars Aston Martinlast_img read more

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Chennai floods Shares of auto IT cement companies affected by disruption

first_imgHeavy rain and flooding in Chennai had an adverse effect on the stock exchanges, as shares of companies with operations in the city saw a decline.Automobile and IT companies including TVS Motor and Infosys have suffered a major disruption to their operations in Chennai due to incessant rain.Amid rising concern over its operations being hit by heavy rain in Chennai, shares of two-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor plunged nearly 5% on Wednesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), while the benchmark indices traded marginally lower.”Incessant rain for the past three weeks in Chennai have had an adverse effect on the company’s production during the period. The company’s suffered sales loss of approximately 15,000 units due to inclement weather,” said TVS Motor in a statement to the BSE.Similarly, stocks prices of commercial-vehicle-maker Ashok Leyland have fallen more than 4% in the past three trading sessions due to excessive rain in Chennai. Its plant at Ennore on the outskirts of Chennai contributes to 40% of its overall production, NDTV Profit reported.Shares of IT firms, which have many offices in Chennai, have also witnessed a decline. The sectoral BSE IT index fell about 1% compared to the just 0.2% decline the benchmark index.While the shares of India’s second-largest IT firm Infosys traded 1.5% lower, TCS shares erased all losses to trade flat.”As a precautionary measure for the safety of our employees due to flooding at the Infosys campuses in Chennai, we have closed our offices today. To ensure client commitments are met, we are managing work from other locations,” said Infosys.Cement and oil-refining companies have also been adversely impacted by the heavy downpour in Chennai. Cement-manufacturer India Cements saw its share prices slump around 4%, while Chennai Petroleum Corp shares traded nearly 2% lower.Chennai Petroleum Corp, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corp, said it could suspend operations in one of its three refining units located in Tamil Nadu.AUTOMOBILE FIRMSAmong automobile firms, Hyundai, Ford and Renault have temporarily suspended operations at their plants.”We have suspended three shifts, one last night and two shifts for today, at our plant due to the rain,” a Hyundai Motor India Ltd official said, reports PTI. Resumption of operations will depend on the emerging situation, according to the official.Hyundai’s Chennai plant has a capacity to produce around 6.8 lakh vehicles annually.Ford India has also suspended operations at its Chennai plant.”Continued heavy rains in Chennai have resulted in significant flooding in the area with many roads impassable. For the safety of our employees, we have halted production at our Chennai assembly and engine plants on Wednesday, December 2,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.Ford’s Chennai plant has a capacity to produce 3.4 lakh engines and 2 lakh cars annually.Renault India has also said operations at its Chennai plant have been suspended for a day on Wednesday. The Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Chennai has a capacity to roll out up to 4.8 lakh vehicles per year.”Today we are not operating at the plant. The safety of our employees is paramount. We are monitoring the situation closely and resumption of operations will depend entirely on the weather improving,” Renault India operations country CEO and managing director Sumit Sawhney said, according to PTI.Meanwhile, rain fury in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu are likely to cause a financial loss in excess of Rs 15,000 crore, said industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).It urged the Modi government to immediately announce an appropriate relief and rehabilitation package for the industry in Tamil Nadu. The chamber said that small and medium enterprises, automobile and engineering industries, textiles and tourism have been badly affected.last_img read more

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ACC to quiz BASIC Banks Bacchu Monday

ACC to quiz BASIC Banks Bacchu Monday

first_imgBASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye BacchuThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will again interrogate former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu on Monday as he skipped the last quizzing on 9 May in connection with a case over embezzlement of the huge amount of money from the bank.Earlier, deputy director of the commission Shamsul Alam served a notice on him to be present to face the interrogation in connection with the embezzlement of a huge amount of money from the bank.ACC fixed the new date for interrogating BASIC Bank’s former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu as he skipped the interrogation on pretext of ailment, ACC’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.He added that Bacchu submitted an application seeking two-month time on the ground of illness but ACC only allowed a week.The central bank sent a report on the scam to the ACC on 14 July 2014 about the detail of embezzlement and found Bacchu’s illegal influence in all the activities of the bank.According to an inquiry of Bangladesh Bank, about Tk 45 billion was swindled out from Basic Bank during six years while Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachhu was serving the bank as its chairman.He resigned from the Bank on 4 July 2014, as the finance ministry sent a letter to Bangladesh Bank to dissolve the then board of the bank on 29 May 2014.The ACC filed 56 cases with three police stations in the capital accusing more than 100 individuals, including 26 bank officials, in September of 2015 while the commission filed another five cases last year. But, Bacchu was not made accused in any of the cases.Alongside, Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu skipped the interrogation of the ACC several times in various excuses.last_img read more

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Superconducting refrigerator cools via tunneling cascade

Superconducting refrigerator cools via tunneling cascade

first_img Journal information: Applied Physics Letters Citation: Superconducting refrigerator cools via tunneling cascade (2014, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-superconducting-refrigerator-cools-tunneling-cascade.html In a new paper published in Applied Physics Letters, a team of researchers, M. Camarasa-Gómez, et al., from Italy and France, has proposed a new design for a superconducting refrigerator in which cooling is performed in a cascade of steps. Due to this multistage operation, the refrigerator can cool down a normal metal from 0.5 K to 100 mK with improved performance compared to similar refrigerators.Superconducting refrigerators are typically composed of superconductors (S), normal metals (N), and tunnel barriers (I) that are often arranged in a symmetric configuration; for example, SINIS. When a voltage is applied to the superconductors, hot quasiparticles in the normal metal tunnel through the tunnel barriers to the superconductors, cooling the normal metal. The proposed design consists of the SINIS configuration with an additional superconducting tunnel contact on each end: S2IS1INIS1IS2. A voltage is applied to the S2 superconductors, causing hot quasiparticles to first tunnel from the normal metal to the S1 superconductors, and then to the S2 superconductors. Each tunneling event removes heat, resulting in a heat current that flows from the inside to the outside of the refrigerator. “A cascade geometry allows to cool a first superconducting stage, which is used as a local thermal bath in a second stage,” the researchers explain in their paper. This cascade cooling method requires that the components have certain properties, in particular resistances, in order to operate correctly. The researchers expect that these requirements can be easily implemented in a practical device using a combination of vanadium, aluminum, and copper.The superconducting cascade electron refrigerator could be used for cooling both microscopic and macroscopic objects, including ultracold sensors for astronomical instruments. Explore further The superconducting cascade electron refrigerator, with a S2IS1INIS1IS2 configuration, can cool a metal from 0.5 K to 100 mK in a cascading two-step process. Credit: M. Camarasa-Gómez, et al. ©2014 AIP Publishing LLC © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Quantum refrigerator offers extreme cooling and convenience This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: M. Camarasa-Gómez, et al. “Superconducting cascade electron refrigerator.” Applied Physics Letters 104, 192601 (2014). DOI: 10.1063/1.4876478 (Phys.org) —Cooling microscopic objects to temperatures near absolute zero requires unconventional refrigeration technologies. One microscale cooling method is superconducting refrigeration, in which refrigerators extract hot quasiparticles (collective excitations) from non-superconducting metals and transport them to superconducting metals. Superconducting refrigerators can cool microscopic objects down to below 1 K.last_img read more

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Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded

Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded

first_img BEIJING — Aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines in those countries to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday is drawing renewed scrutiny of the plane just four months after a similar crash of the same model of aircraft in Indonesia that killed 189 people.A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines, Asrat Begashaw, said the carrier had grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8 planes until further notice as an “extra safety precaution.”The airline had been using five new 737 Max 8s and awaiting delivery of 25 more. Asrat said the search for body parts and debris from the crash was continuing.China’s Civil Aviation Administration said that it ordered airlines to ground all 737 Max 8 aircraft as of 6 p.m. Monday, in line with the principle of “zero tolerance for security risks.”It said it would issue further notices after consulting with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.China Southern Airlines is one of Boeing’s biggest customers for the aircraft.Indonesia also grounded 737 Max 8s for inspections.Director General of Air Transportation Polana B. Pramesti said the grounding was taken to ensure flight safety and ensure the planes are airworthy.There are currently 11 Max 8 planes operated by airlines in Indonesia including 10 by Lion Air and 1 by the national carrier, Garuda.Cayman Airways said it was temporarily grounding the two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft it operates, as of Monday.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaReal time flight radar apps showed dozens of the aircraft still operating around the globe.Chicago-based Boeing said it did not intend to issue any new guidance to its customers. It plans to send a technical team to the crash site to help Ethiopian and U.S. investigators, however, and issued a statement saying it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew” on the Ethiopian Airlines Max airplane.Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports that the black box has been found from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane.An airline official, however, tells The Associated Press that the box is partially damaged and that “we will see what we can retrieve from it.”A senior UN official and a New Brunswick forester were among the 18 Canadians who died Sunday. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said one of its Canadian-born employees, Jessica Hyba, was among the victims of the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.Meanwhile, forestry groups identified Peter DeMarsh of New Brunswick as one of the victims.The 737 is the bestselling airliner in history, and the Max, the newest version of it with more fuel-efficient engines, is a central part of Boeing’s strategy to compete with European rival Airbus.Boeing has delivered about 350 737 Max planes to scores of airlines and has orders for more than 5,000.Shares in the company fell 9.6% Monday in pre-market trading.Air Canada said in an email statement Monday that it has operated Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft since 2017.“These aircraft have performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer satisfaction perspective,” said spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur. “We continue to monitor the situation, and based on current information and recommendations by government safety regulators, including Transport Canada, and the manufacturer, we continue to operate our normal B737 schedule.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAir Canada has 24 Boeing 737-8 Max planes in its fleet and WestJet operates 13. WestJet also expressed condolences, and said it would not speculate on the cause of the incident at this time. WestJet said it is “working with Boeing to ensure the continued safe operation of our Max fleet.” Alan Diehl, a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said reports of large variations in vertical speed during the Ethiopian jetliner’s ascent were “clearly suggesting a potential controllability problem.”Other possible causes include engine problems, pilot error, weight load, sabotage or bird strikes, he said.Ethiopian has a good reputation and the company’s CEO told reporters no problems were spotted before Sunday’s fight. But investigators also will look into the plane’s maintenance, which may have been an issue in the Lion Air crash.Days after the Indonesian accident, Boeing notified airlines that faulty information from a sensor could cause the plane to automatically point the nose down. The automated system kicks in if sensors indicate that a plane is about to lose lift, or go into an aerodynamic stall. Gaining speed by diving can prevent a stall.The notice reminded pilots of the procedure for handling such a situation, which is to disable the system causing the automatic nose-down movements. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded Monday, March 11, 2019 With files from The Canadian Press Sharelast_img read more

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