Home Furnishings: “The Rise And Fall Of Pier 1”

Once known for its “treasure hunt” atmosphere, colorful home furnishings, and distinctive holiday decorations, Pier 1 filed for bankruptcy in February 2020.

Pier 1 later announced it was winding down its entire business, in part, due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while Pier 1 had a smaller share of the home furnishing industry than some of its rivals, those store closings could mean good news for a few retailers.

Economy: “Durable Goods Explained” (WSJ Videos)

The survey of new orders for long-lasting goods contains one of the most closely watched U.S. economic indicators. WSJ explains durable goods, and why investors look beyond the headline number for a better read on business activity.

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Top New Camper Shells: “GEHOcab Findus & Fiete” – “All-Terrain Mini RVs” (2020)

The extremely compact, ultra-light cabin is designed for the new generation of all-terrain SUVs such as the new Defender or Mercedes-G as well as the Wrangler or Bronco. With the very short floor length, the body blends in harmoniously with the driver’s cab, which is opened behind the C-pillar.

With a width of 1.80 m and length of 3.95 m, it weighs only 460 kg. The weight can be reduced even further through an interior construction made of carbon. It offers full living comfort for two people with toilet, shower and lengthways beds in the alcove, as well as a complete kitchen in the rear.

FIETE SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Total weight 460 kg dry
  • Body made of aerospace CARBON (110 kg)
  • Wide luggage flap over the entire rear
  • Frost-proof inner tanks, 90 liters of fresh water
  • 100 Ah LiFePO4 battery and 100 WP solar
  • Compressor cooler 29 liters, gas cooker,
  • 124 cm wide kitchen unit with two drawers
  • Cassette toilet
  • Openable shower
  • Sleeper lengthways on 12 cm comfort mattress
  • 2 persons

FINDUS SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Total weight 527 kg dry
  • Body made of aerospace CARBON (125 kg)
  • Vibration-dampened cabin mounting
  • Wide luggage flap over the entire rear
  • Frost-proof inner tanks, 150 liters of fresh water
  • Outside shower, outside light
  • 160 Ah LiFePO4 battery and 300 WP solar
  • CERAN induction hob 1500 watts 220 volts
  • Compressor cool box 55 liters
  • 134 cm wide kitchen unit with three drawers
  • SLIDE-Cross WC comfort bathroom, spacious wet room
  • Compost toilet
  • Sleeper lengthways with 12 cm comfort mattress, wardrobe
  • Two sleeping places on converted bench

The headroom is 1.95 m. On request, a lower roof shape can also be selected, which reduces the overall height of the vehicle to less than 2.75 m. Container loading is possible with special wheels.

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Top New Science Podcasts: Damaged Quantum Bits, Convalescent Plasma & Ancient Ichthyosaurs

August 26, 2020: Protecting delicate quantum bits from radiation, convalescent plasma for serious Covid-19 patients and a competition to replicate findings from ancient computer code.

In this episode:

01:04 Quantum computers vs ionizing radiation

The quantum bits, or ‘qubits’, central to the operation of quantum computers are notoriously sensitive. Now, researchers have assessed the damaging effects that ionizing radiation can have on these qubits and what can be done about it. Research Article: Vepsäläinen et al.

08:15 Coronapod

We discuss the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision to authorize convalescent plasma for emergency use in COVID-19 patients. As accusations of political interference fly, what might this mean for the future of the US coronavirus response?

20:39 Research Highlights

Finding new populations of a long-lost elephant shrew, and the hunting method of ancient ichthyosaurs. Research Highlight: An elephant-nosed creature ‘lost to science’ was living just next door; Research Highlight: An extinct reptile’s last meal shows it was a grip-and-tear killer

22:34 The reproducibility of computer code

Many scientists have published papers based on code. Recently though, a gauntlet was thrown down for researchers to try to replicate their code, 10 years or more after they wrote it. Tech Feature: Challenge to scientists: does your ten-year-old code still run?

28:06 Briefing Chat

We take a look at some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time we discuss a cancer diagnosis in a dinosaur, and how to brew yourself a career outside of academia. Science: Doctors diagnose advanced cancer—in a dinosaur; Nature Careers Feature: The brews and bakes that forged career paths outside academia

Travel & Adventure Video: “Nordic Cycle” (Gestalten)

Feel the cool of glaciers as we pedal through Greenland and follow us into the Faroe Islands as we roam remote Nordic corners by bike.

Cyclist Tobias Woggon is a specialist mountain biker who has traveled the world, experiencing out-of-this-world settings while embedding himself with the local culture. Using footage from his trips, this is a look and feel of what to expect from the adventures.

Find out more via gstl.tn/norcycle

Travels With A Curator: “St. James Park, London”

In this week’s episode of “Travels with a Curator,” explore the history of St. James’s Park with Curator Aimee Ng. This popular attraction in London serves as the backdrop for Thomas Gainsborough’s “Mall in St. James’s Park,” which he painted about 1783 for George III. Originally a cockleshell-strewn court for playing pall-mall, a precursor of croquet, the Mall was a place of visual encounters, where fashionable 18th-century Londoners (and their pets) could see and be seen.

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Morning News Podcast: Wisconsin Gunfire, RNC Highlights, Gulf Storm

This Morning With Gordon Deal reports: Melania Trump, Mike Pompeo buck tradition with convention speeches, gunfire breaks out at Wisconsin protest, and TSA worker reunites bride with wedding gown left at checkpoint.