Germany's Black Forest clock route is full of surprises
“You can buy cars from everywhere, but cuckoo clocks come only from Germany, and every mechanical cuckoo clock comes from the Black Forest.” Despite the outrage, Haas' striking designs were widely copied and now make up 80 percent of his business ...
November 28, 2015
Cuckoo for cuckoo clocks
The manufacturing process of an original, Black Forest Cuckoo Clock requires a lot of talent and skill. The woodcarving is the core of each clock. Two different movements are available with cuckoo clocks, the mechanical movement and the quartz ...
August 27, 2015
How Does Lincoln's 2017 Continental Compare To The Original Concept?
What a bunch of horse manure you Brits are accustomed spewing! You should be thankful America played a most instrumental role in you guys not learning and speaking German! History has taught us that Britain was one of the most brutish and vile empire ...
January 14, 2016
Preserving time: Clock repairman brings skills to Maryville
When the woman came to pick up the repaired clock, she was “grinning from ear to ear” when she heard it ticking,” he said. “And I said, 'All right, now let me show you,' and I wound it around and it started to cuckoo and everything, and tears just ...
January 12, 2016
Finding the Highways for Migrating Birds
At the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany, Bart Kranstauber and his colleagues wondered whether migration routes have evolved to fit wind patterns. If certain routes take more energy to fly, shouldn't birds be less likely to survive those ...
October 23, 2015
It's high time we went cuckoo for clocks again
Even more extravagant were the caged-bird clocks originally produced by the J. Kaiser Company in Germany. These mechanical tabletop clocks were fashioned to look like a birdcage, with two birds in it that moved and sang. Telling the time was a ...
November 6, 2015
Playing for (cuckoo) time
In an era of battery-operated everythings, a mechanical, hand-wound timepiece is a treasure. Which is why quartz mechanisms Every mechanism in a cuckoo clock is intertwined, whether it's the melodies (German folk songs Der froehliche Wanderer ...
October 3, 2015
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Switzerland ranks as the world’s most competitive country for the seventh year in a row, followed by Singapore and the United States, according to a World Economic Forum report released Tuesday. African countries held up the bottom of the rankings of 140 countries. The report said countries that fail to embrace the structural reforms needed to boost productivity and encourage entrepreneurial talent are losing out in the global competitiveness race. The report warned that emerging markets that have failed to improve competitiveness since the recession will have great difficulty absorbing future shocks to the global economy. Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz, lead economist and head of Global Competitiveness and Risks for the World Economic Forum, noted that the digitalization of machines and manufacturing is becoming more important in the global economy. “And when we see also how the top economies have fared in comparison to some of the economies that rank well, we see that across the board, the common factor is that the top-ranking economies did actually very well in terms of this human factor,"...
I stand in a neat queue with the rest of the passengers waiting to buy a train ticket from the southwestern Tanzanian city of Mbeya to Dar Es Salaam. I finally get to the front of the queue for the ticket office and ask for a first-class ticket. The middle-aged man in the ticket office wears a blue, long-sleeved shirt and gold-rimmed glasses perched on the end of his nose. He says he can’t sell me a ticket until he has received a phone call that the train is “on its way. ” I think the train started in Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia, so I ask whether he has to wait until it has crossed the border, but he’s already moved on to the next customer. According to the timetable, the train should be here in forty minutes. I return to the ticket office every half hour. Two minutes later I have my ticket. “What time will the train come. ” I ask, my enthusiasm at the prospect of taking my first sub-Saharan African train journey reflected in my voice. Or maybe it’s his tone: the hopeful yet uncertain tone that contestants use on television game shows when they’re not sure of the answer they’re giving. Of course, it’s not at all guaranteed that the train will turn up, but for now, I’m content. The train arrives almost.
Whether you own a classic VW Bus in Rio de Janeiro, a sleek Karmann Ghia in Geneva, a thoroughly modern Passat in the congested roads of London or a Beetle based surf buggy in California, the VW badge stands for two things; German build quality and the ...
February 16, 2016
LISA Pathfinder Test Masses Floating Freely
These rods were finally released from one test mass yesterday and from the other today, leaving the cubes floating freely several millimeters from the housing walls, with no mechanical contact ... part in the around-the-clock shifts in the European Space ...
February 16, 2016
Geneva Motor Show 2016: European Premiere of the Rinspeed “Ʃtos” +VIDEO
These magic moments come courtesy of the specialists from the German company Putzier Oberflächentechnik ... And then tradition merges with innovation: Above it all rises the mechanical Patravi Traveltec clock from Swiss Manufacture Carl F.
February 15, 2016
Encountering a regular geyser in the Wyoming mountains
With almost cuckoo-clock like reliability it did just that ... Only mad-sled dogs and Englishmen/women, (plus a trio of Mexicans, a family of German tourists and a few North Americans) turned out in December to watch the spurting spectacle.
February 14, 2016
More measurement precision in a short time
This news release is available in German. Researchers from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have thoroughly analyzed the noise processes in their optical lattice clock with neutral ... and ingenious thermal and mechanical isolation from ...
February 10, 2016
City hope injured de Bruyne won't be out for season
De Bruyne joined Manchester City from German club Wolfsburg in August and has turned into ... The Super Bowl Halftime Show is filled with distractions like dancing sharks and mechanical tigers . Sterling may get a rough ride from Liverpool fans but he ...
February 9, 2016
Where Genius Comes From
The cuckoo clock!” (Actually, not even that. The cuckoo clock is a German invention.) In his study of golden ages, Dean Simonton, a professor of psychology at the University of California–Davis, found that places riddled with political intrigue ...
February 9, 2016