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>>>ANSA/ Sistine Chapel shines in new LED-lit glory; Innovations aim to allow Chapel to survive mass tourism rigours
October 30, 2014
(By John Phillips). (ANSA) Vatican City - After three years of preparations, dazzling new lighting in the Sistine Chapel has spirited almost three-dimensional life into Michelangelo's muscular nudes awaiting the Last Judgement, an advance peek arranged by the Vatican disclosed.

VAMPIRE ENERGY: 5 ENERGY MYTHS THAT WILL SHOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF
October 30, 2014
The following information was released by the UK Government: With Halloween approaching and with the help of our energy conscious vampire, we're busting 5 common myths about energy saving. #VampireEnergy

Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover
October 30, 2014
High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.Angels, Sybils and prophets in blues, pinks and golds, once lost in the gloom, are brought into sharp relief by 7,000 LED lamps designed specifically for the prized chapel, where red-hatted cardinals have elected new popes since the 15th century.A state of the art ventilation system has also been installed to protect the frescoes from humidity, enabling up to 2,000 people at a time to visit one of the world's top tourist attractions, which draws over six million people a year.The venture cost some 1.9 billion euros ($2.3 billion), with 870,000 euros provided by the European Union and the rest donated to the Vatican in expertise, technology and man hours by the various companies taking part in the LED4ART project."The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended," said Marco Frascarolo, who works for Fabertechnica, one of the companies behind the new system."As each LED can be tuned to a different colour, we spent long nights in the chapel with the Vatican Museum curators, trying out different mixes of red, blues, whites... trying to get it just right," he said during a private tour for journalists of the chapel late Wednesday.While eight colour samples are usually taken in an environment to create a LED system, 276 areas of the Renaissance paintings were analysed, he said.The sunlight which had streamed through the windows for centuries was shut out in the 1980s, when conservators realised ultraviolet radiation was damaging the masterpieces, causing the Last Judgement and other frescoes which cover the chapel's ceiling and walls to fade.The lighting system put in place at the time was criticised for casting an unnatural glow and throwing some of the lesser known works by artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino into shadow.- A whole new light -"The LEDs create a much better viewing experience because they throw light on aspects of the frescoes which were overlooked before," Frascarolo said.The lights were vigorously tested to make sure they wouldn't damage the works, with pigments of the frescoes subjected to the LEDs in a laboratory at a high intensity which showed what effect the new system would have over 50 years.Protecting the artworks was also the driving factor behind the new ventilation system, installed by US firm Carrier, which uses three cameras to monitor the number of people in the chapel and regulate the temperature and humidity."The previous system was only capable of regulating the air for up to 700 people.

Mankato's 75F takes prize in regional competition
October 30, 2014
A Mankato company, 75F, which has developed sensors and cloud-based software that computes the forecast nightly and saves energy for small commercial buildings, has won a regional entrepreneurial competition.

Hong Kong International Autumn Lighting Fair Ends on a Bright Note
October 30, 2014
Industry Professionals Positive on Business Prospects for Next Year Hong Kong, Oct 30, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - The 16th HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), drew to a close today with participants expressing optimism about the year ahead. During the fair, the HKTDC commissioned an independent survey which interviewed 613 buyers and exhibitors about their views on market prospects for the year ahead. According to the preliminary results, over 90 per cent of buyers and exhibitors interviewed expect the overall sales to improve or remain about the same next year. The markets with the most promising growth prospects are the Chinese mainland, followed by Western Europe and the United States. The survey also found that the industry is bullish about the market for LED lighting products.

Green Technology Saves Energy and Boosts Profits, Productivity in Factories
October 29, 2014
The University of Michigan issued the following news release: Switching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, it boosts productivity and increases profits, a new study shows.

Orbus deploys new EFI VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro LED printer
October 29, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Electronics For Imaging, Inc., or EFI, a provider of printing technology solutions, has announced that Orbus Exhibit & Display Group has developed fabric-printing capabilities for soft signage market using a new EFI VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro LED printer running SuperFlex Ink from EFI and 3M.

Eaton releases new stacklight solutions to improve process control
October 27, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Eaton Corporation Plc, a power management company, has released a new range of stacklight solutions designed to improve control over processes and enhance machine availability in industrial applications.

Nikon releases two FPD lithography systems
October 27, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Nikon Corporation, a manufacturer of optics and imaging products, has released two FPD lithography systems, FX-86S2 and FX-86SH2.

a conversation with Jeremy Kalin, CEO of Eutectics
October 26, 2014
Earlier this year, Crankshaft Supply, a north Minneapolis business that refurbishes parts for diesel engines, invested $180,000 in a rooftop solar array that CEO Jay Miller expects to cut electric consumption for his remanufacturing business by 50 percent and pay for itself within 10 years. Eutectics CEO Jeremy Kalin is a former Minnesota legislator who saw a need for a focused, streamlined energy-finance process for small businesses. He talked about how it works with the Star Tribune.


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