Coronavirus in Chicago: Finding hope amid shelter in place

If you’re looking for a silver lining today, here’s one: While the coronavirus pandemic has Chicagoans isolated during the stay-at-home order, it has also brought us together. We laugh together over memes featuring Mayor Lori Lightfoot (even she enjoyed a chuckle). We pitch in to keep our beloved restaurants open, or to get protective gear to the health care workers who need it most. We’re isolated, but we’re not alone. Along with the latest news updates and a running list of Chicago-area closings and cancellations, the Tribune is taking a look at how our day-to-day lives are changing. Chicago is full of good people doing remarkable things, and that has multiplied during the coronavirus pandemic, said Marcy Larson, vice president of marketing and business development at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. To highlight the good in Chicago, the Skokie-based museum began using the hashtag #ChicagoUpstander on its website or social media feeds when COVID-19 first arrived in the city. As businesses and schools closed and residents were ordered to mostly stay home, museum officials saw people and organizations stepping up to help others in need by making masks, donati...

Car Alternators Make Great Electric Motors; Here’s How

The humble automotive alternator hides an interesting secret. Known as the part that converts power from internal combustion into the electricity needed to run everything else, they can also themselves be used as an electric motor. These devices almost always take the form of a 3-phase alternator with the magnetic component supplied by an electromagnet on the rotor, and come with a rectifier and regulator pack to convert the higher AC voltage to 12V for the car electrical systems. Internally they have three connections to the stator coils which appear to be universally wired in a delta configuration, and a pair of connections to a set of brushes supplying the rotor coils through a set of slip rings. They have a surprisingly high capacity, and estimates put their capabilities as motors in the several horsepower. Best of all they are readily available second-hand and also surprisingly cheap, the Ford Focus unit shown here came from an eBay car breaker and cost only £15 (about $20). We already hear you shouting “Why?!” at your magical internet device as you read this. Let’s jump into that. One of the interesting facets of watching the UK Hacky Racer series grow from a bunch of frie...

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The World’s Hospitals Are Running out of Vital Rubber Gloves

(Bloomberg) — An impending glove shortage is hitting the world, compounded by measures to contain the deadly coronavirus in a country that dominates production: Malaysia. The country’s glovemaking association — whose members make 3 out of every 5 gloves worldwide — is warning of a global “chronic shortage” of the critical medical gear as the plants were forced to cut staffing due to Malaysia’s expansive lockdown. Top Glove Corp. Bhd, the world’s largest producer, said demand from the U.S., Europe and other nations outstrips its capacity while fulfillment of orders is running as late as four months behind. Malaysia has restricted movement across the country and ordered many businesses to shut while requiring others to keep as many workers home as possible to curb the spread of the pathogen. Most glovemakers have received an exemption to staff their factories at just 50%, with some of the companies planning to meet with a top trade ministry official on Thursday to seek approval to operate with a full workforce, according to the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association. Governments across the world are desperately trying to acquire and stockpile critical medical supplies su...

These homemade power bars are perfect when you are looking for a little treat

As part of our Lovin Home Comforts series, we will be bringing you some delicious recipes that you can prepare from the comfort of your own kitchen. Since I’ve been stuck at home, I have been snacking a lot and while I do love chocolate digestives with my tea, I need to stop eating a packet a night. These power bars will help with that as they are so easy to make, extremely tasty and packed with healthy ingredients. Dates x 180g Cashews x 40g Almonds x 40g Pinch of Salt Oats x 90g Cacao powder x 2tsp Peanut Butter Dark chocolate Coconut oil Dried blueberries x 10g Dried cranberries x 10g 1. Place all the dates into your blender and blend. Place this puree into a bowl. Note: Dates can be harsh on your blender so you can do a couple at a time or soak them beforehand to make it easier.2. Put the oats into the blender along with 30g of cashews, 30g of almonds and the cacao powder. Blend and put into the bowl with the blended dates. 3. Get the remaining nuts and crush them. Add these pieces along with the dried blueberries, the dried cranberries and a pinch of salt to the mix. 4. Melt 2tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave and add it to the mix. 5. Mix all of this with your hand...

Energy-efficient light bulbs: The DOE is about to change the rules

Lighting efficiency standards continue to rise, but the Trump administration is trying to limit their scope. Here’s everything you need to know. In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandated higher energy efficiency standards in the US. The law included new standards for light bulbs that were written to spur the lighting industry out of the incandescent age and towards new technologies like LEDs that use significantly less energy. It worked. As manufacturers adapted to the incoming standards, hardware store lighting aisles began to fill with new LED options, and consumers started buying them in order to reap the energy savings. The national energy use attributable to lighting plummeted — in 2018, both the residential and commercial sectors used less than half as much energy to power their lights as they did in 2001. But last month, the Department of Energy under President Donald Trump reined those standards in by limiting the types of light bulbs to which they can apply. Those revised exemptions, which kick in Oct. 7, will protect the sale of certain kinds of incandescent light bulbs that might otherwise have come off the market i...

Most of my motorcycles have been four-cylinder Japanese bikes from the early 1980s. Somehow I missed

Most of my motorcycles have been four-cylinder Japanese bikes from the early 1980s. Somehow I missed out on Kawasaki’s intended CB750 beater, the KZ750, until this excellent example of one popped up on Bring a Trailer. Honda’s CB750 was the original superbike, the bike that defined the Universal Japanese Motorcycle from its 1969 introduction all the way into the 1980s. Other manufacturers tried to emulate it in varying degrees. Kawasaki’s KZ650 was a deliberate choice to offer a slightly slower bike at a lower price than Honda. Starting in 1980, though, Kawasaki decided to upsize the engine and go directly head-to-head with Honda with the KZ750. This nearly showroom perfect example from 1982 represents its final year of production. While most UJMs that haven’t already been ridden into the ground (like mine) have been turned into some sweet custom rides, this one remains extremely well preserved in stock form. Looking at the specs, the KZ750 is barely distinguishable from its Honda competition, with a 750cc inline-4 engine, a 5-speed transmission, and dual front brakes with a single rear disc in back.  This bike keeps the original 34mm Keihin constant-vel...