Scott Sports Expands MIPS Helmet Line for 2015

first_imgIn spite of the added material, the Stego is supposed to offer excellent ventilation thanks to the large intake and exhaust vents. Like the ARX Plus, Stego uses the updated MRAS II adjustment system with 3 vertical positions. Elevate your safety. That’s Scott Sport’s motto when it comes to helmets for the 2015 model year. In addition to a number of common design goals for their helmets to optimize impact protection, Scott is investing heavily in MIPS (Multi directional Impact ­Protection System) Brain Protection with 6 different models that include the special yellow liner. Primarily geared towards mountain biking, Scott also offers an urban MIPS helmet along with what they believe is the first road helmet to bring MIPS to riders who prefer skinny tires.Utilizing a low friction layer that is built into the helmet, MIPS is said to prevent serious brain injuries by reducing the force of angled impacts to the head. Working with Biokinetics in Canada as an independent test facility, Scott recorded anywhere from a 9-34% reduction of impact forces when comparing identical helmets, MIPS and non-MIPS. In the event of an impact, the low friction layer works within 15 milliseconds and moves less than 15mm. It’s this sliding of the low friction layer that reduces the amount of force delivered to your brain in the event of an angled impact.In 2015, Scott has expanded their MIPS line to include 6 different models including the all new ARX Plus road helmet. While increased options for MIPS is the big story, Scott has also made a few improvements to other helmets including updated fit systems with better adjustment.Read on for more on MIPS, plus actual weights… If your rides are primarily in an urban setting, you can still take advantage of MIPS with the Torus Plus. The helmet uses a tough but ventilated ABS hard shell with EPS liner and is designed for an easy fit with their LW fit system. Scott claims their ARX Plus is the first road helmet to include the MIPS system, but looking at the MIPS website it looks like other companies aren’t far behind (according to the site both Lazer and TEC will have MIPS road helmets soon). Available in the road oriented ARX Plus or ARX MTB Plus, both helmets are designed to offer excellent ventilation with the added protection of MIPS. New for 2015, the updated MRAS II fit system has double the adjustment going from 16 to 32 clicks.If higher speeds and the risk for bigger impacts are involved, Scott offers the Stego. Claiming that the Stego is the safest helmet they’ve ever produced the lid offers increased coverage with smoother surfaces in critical areas. This should mean that the helmet has less chance of “hanging up” when impacting the ground.center_img Scott also continues with the Lin and Taal mountain bike helmets which offer MIPS at lower price points. The Lin is a trail oriented helmet with 3 shell sizes, while the Taal moves to a one size fits all shell. On our scale, all of the helmets are very close to their claimed weights. Since these were directly off the show floor we couldn’t remove the MIPS hang tag that was attached to the helmets on the left, so just subtract 13g from the total weight. At 274g, the ARX Plus road helmet manages to keep a fairly light weight even with the addition of MIPS.scott-sports.comlast_img read more

Trail Butter donates portion of sales to Team USA trail runners

first_imgTrail Butter, a nut-based, spreadable, all-natural energy snack has been giving back to its founding athlete fan base – endurance runners. A partnership with the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) created nearly five years ago with the production of its limited edition Red, White and Blue Tribute Blend continues in 2020.US$5 of every sale of 16 oz Red, White and Blue blend is donated to Team USA. These funds help offset the travel costs of US trail runners representing Team USA at international competitions.Trail Butter co-founder Jeff Boggess explained, “In the early days of Trail Butter, inspiration and ideas often came while out on the trail, running, just moving along. Living in Portland and being a trail and endurance runner. It was a natural progression that I’d meet people with similar interests and share the Trail Butter story.“This group of athletes – endurance athletes – became the DNA of our foundation; and the Red, White and Blue Tribute blend allows us to give back to ‘our family’.”Last November, Team USA symbolically gave back to Trail Butter with Grayson Murphy’s World Mountain Running Championship victory. “Those are the moments when our efforts are that much more meaningful,” Jeff Boggessadded, “when you hope you’ve made a difference or in some way enhanced an athlete’s experience or performance through your brand’s ethos.”According to the company ‘Trail Butter is perfect for endurance running as it is formulated to provide lasting energy and nutrition. Real food provides longer lasting, slower-to-digest fuel that can curb hunger and provide the mental and physical boost necessary to complete long-distance objectives. It can be eaten straight out of the package or – in the case of longer events – can be pre-prepared in a tortilla with sliced bananas for energy sustaining fuel.’ Relatedlast_img read more

Everybody Lies, And That’s Not Always A Bad Thing

first_imgNPR:When we think about dishonesty, we mostly think about the big stuff.We see big scandals, big lies, and we think to ourselves, I could never do that. We think we’re fundamentally different from Bernie Madoff or Tiger Woods.But behind big lies are a series of small deceptions. Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, writes about this in his book The Honest Truth about Dishonesty.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Researchers find neurons that both encode time and predict timing behavior in rats

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share “By analysing the activity of the neurons, we found that it could be used to encode time.” Says Dr. Tiago Monteiro, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Paton and one of the authors of the study. “Specifically, we found that upon the presentation of the first sound, a stereotypical wave-like activity took place within the group of recorded neurons. Throughout this wave, certain neurons would always be active earlier and others later. In this way, we could tell how much time had passed since the first sound by simply following the progression of the wave.”The idea that a stereotypical wave of neural activity can work as a clock is a model that has had robust support in the scientific community. According to this model, some neurons would be active earlier, and some later, so the brain could tell how much time had passed by simply observing which neuron is active. But how can the researchers confirm that the rat actually uses this clock to estimate time?“To answer this question, we always have to look at what happens when the animal has to make difficult decisions, ones that are close to the boundary. It is easy enough for the rat to know that 2.5 seconds are longer than 1.5, but what about 1.6? Both animals and humans find these types of tasks very challenging. That’s when their behaviour becomes more variable. For the same duration, on some trials the animal might decide that it was long and on others, that it was short. We cannot predict when this will happen, but we can look at the neural activity and see if the neurons can.” Explains Dr. Monteiro.And that is precisely what the researchers observed. “When a rat had to decide whether a 1.6 seconds interval was shorter or longer than 1.5 seconds, we could see how the population clock stretched or shrunk in accordance with the decision of the animal.” Explains Thiago Gouvêa, a doctoral student at the lab who also participated in this study. “If the wave would move faster, then the neurons that are usually active during the later part of the wave would already be active at the time the second sound happens and the rat would decide the duration was long. However, the wave would frequently move slower, leading the rat to believe erroneously that the duration was short.”These results strongly indicate that the behaviour of the rat may be driven by this population of neurons, which informs the animal how much time had passed, leading it to make corresponding decisions.“This is the first time that the relation between the speed of the ´neural population clock’ and the duration judgments made by the subject has been demonstrated. The question now is how is this timing information generated and how is it precisely used to guide the behaviour of the animal.” Concludes Dr. Paton.Finally, even though the rat was making mistakes when it had to make decisions about durations close to the boundary, the researchers “don’t think this means that the clock isn’t perfect exactly… It is perhaps variable relative to the time our watch provides, but this might actually be an optimal representation of time for the organism.”This study was published January 12, 2016 in the scientific journal eLife.center_img Email Our innate ability to track time is important for our everyday lives. We would not be able to speak, or even walk properly if we were not able to get the timing of each action just right. How are we able to track time? Are there a bunch of neural clocks ticking away somewhere deep inside our brain, cuing us on when to perform different actions? Recent results by neuroscientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon provide support to current theories in the field advocating the existence of such clocks and demonstrate, for the first time, that they can be used to predict behaviour.“We discovered that populations of neurons in a part of the brain called the Striatum, which is known to be important for timing behaviour, create sequences of activity that can be used to encode time and to predict timing behaviour.” Says Dr. Joe Paton, Principal Investigator at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown and the head of this study.The researchers were able to identify this mechanism by asking rats to decide whether two brief sounds were separated by a duration of more, or less than 1.5 seconds. At the same time, the researchers recorded the activity of multiple neurons in the striatum. Pinterestlast_img read more

Bandelier Celebrates The Great American Campout – Star Gazing And Free Camping June 22

first_img“Gazing at the universe through big telescopes is an incredible opportunity for everyone to experience, come join our rangers,” Superintendent Jason Lott said. Any visitors arriving before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. can drive directly down into Frijoles Canyon. With the warm June weather, campers should take care of the outdoors by being sure that if they choose to build a campfire, it is in the established fire grill and is never left unattended. Campers and non-campers are both welcome beginning at 8:30 p.m. to attend a ranger hosted star party. For more information, check the park website at, the Facebook page at BandelierNPS, or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517. NPS News: At Bandelier, camping will be free at Juniper Campground that night, except for the group sites. Non-group sites are first-come, first-served. Campers can practice taking good care of wildlife by being sure to store food in a vehicle or the provided bear boxes so that bears, and other animals including coyotes, squirrels, and mice, won’t be attracted to campsites.center_img Saturday and Sunday, the public is invited to visit with the cultural demonstrators 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the back porch of the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. Saturday is the date of a nationwide event, the Great American Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage people to enjoy and protect wildlife and the outdoors.   Juniper Campground at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Stephen Fehnel This is shuttle season at Bandelier. For visitors not planning to camp at Bandelier and arriving between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., parking is available at the White Rock Visitor Center or at the shuttle parking area in Juniper Campground. Campers can drive directly into the campground, find a site and register at the self-registration location, and then take the shuttle from the campground to the Visitor Center. last_img read more

Zero Waste Team: Turn Leaves Into Gardener’s Gold

first_imgFall leaves can be used in a variety of ways including mulch, leaf mold and compost. Courtesy/ZWTZERO WASTE TEAM News:Zero Waste Tip: The recommended ratio for compost is one part green/nitrogen material and three parts brown/carbon material.Now is the best time to start planning for spring gardens.Composting in the fall allows time to create healthy compost by spring. Compost is vital to creating healthy soil to nourish plants. Healthy soil increases plant yields by enhancing aeration, water retention, nutrient availability, and resistance to soilborne disease.Fall leaves can be used in a variety of ways including:Mulch;Leaf mold; andCompost.Mulch: Covering the soil around tress and in gardens with leaves prevents the sun from bleaching out essential nutrients. As the leaves gradually decompose throughout the winter, they release valuable nutrients back into the soil. Leaf Mold: This requires no winter maintenance and is a compost substitute. To create leaf mold, gather fallen leaves, shred into small pieces, place in a container such as a bin or black plastic bag, and add water. Tie or loosely cover and leave outside in the sun throughout the winter. By spring you can add the leaf mold directly to your garden bed. If you use bags for the leaves, they will break down over time, becoming harder to relocate. Therefore, plan on storing them near the garden.Compost: A traditional compost pile will provide the most nutrient-dense decomposed material. A healthy compost pile requires four things: Carbon (“browns”)Nitrogen (“greens”)WaterAirDry leaves are a good source of carbon (“brown” items). Materials high in nitrogen (“greens”), include grass and yard clippings (regardless of color), food waste, and used coffee grounds. Overuse of nitrogen rich material will cause an unpleasant odor. Therefore, the recommended ratio is one part “green” material to two or three parts “brown” material.The ideal size for a hot compost pile is about 1 cubic yard (3’ x 3’ x 3’). With that in mind, start with a layer of shredded leaves covering an area of 3’ x 3’ and 1’ deep. Add one layer of “greens” about 6” deep, then water down with a garden hose. Add another layer of “browns” and “greens” and top them off with more water. Continue this layering process until the pile reaches 3’ tall.Keeping in mind the Los Alamos Code Enforcement concerns, you have several options for creating a compost pile. Remember to avoid creating it in your front yard, and to keep it contained and covered, rather than in an open pile.You can build your compost pile inside a structure such as fencing or wood pallets (available for free at the Eco Station). For ease of turning and removing the finished compost, consider making one side hinged with easily removable bolts.Alternatively, you can purchase a static bin online or from the Eco Station.You can also purchase a compost tumbler. Some have wheels for easy transport to the site of use. If not, be sure it is high enough that you can get a cart beneath it. The tumbler makes it easy to mix your compost.If you choose to leave your pile in a heap, remember that Code Enforcement requires that the heap be covered and not attract bears and rodents.Each system will break down the materials at a different rate. Regardless of the type of container chosen, regular turning is the key to making the process faster. During turning, check for areas that are too wet or too dry.If the pile is too wet or smells bad, add more “browns”.If the pile is too dry, adding more water for a moisture consistency like a wrung-out sponge. will speed up the decomposition process.Avoid adding dense items that take longer to decompose, such as branches, pine needles and avocado pits.A healthy compost pile will be ready for use in as little as three months. If composting isn’t your thing, offer your leaves to a neighbor, or use the new Yard Trimming Roll Cart provided by Environmental Services. To request a Yard Trimming roll cart, sign up online: get involved with the Zero Waste Team or share feedback, contact read more

One Stop Parts Source Names New CEO

first_imgOne Stop Parts Source has announced the appointment of Mike Thompson as its new CEO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThompson has more than 33 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. His career includes a number of senior management roles with extensive purchasing, merchandising, marketing, inventory and category management experience at the wholesale and retail levels.Thompson has been vice president of merchandising and marketing at Metro Auto Parts for the past two and a half years. Prior to that he was the vice president of supply chain management for XL Parts for more than four years, and also served as vice president of business operations for Parts Authority and spent more than 15 years as vice president of merchandising for CSK/O’Reilly Auto Parts. His career also includes time spent as merchandise analyst for Auto Source and as product/marketing manager for Dana Corp.last_img read more

Praxair announce agreement to acquire Mittler Supply

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Ireland’s Clean Energy Sector to Be Worth €2.5 Bln Annually by 2020

first_imgThe Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) called on businesses to avail of enterprise opportunities in Ireland’s sustainable energy sector with a projected value of €2.5 billion per annum by 2020.This is according to a new report launched by the Authority at an event in Dublin today. The report, Ireland’s Sustainable Energy Supply Chain Opportunity, which was carried out in consultation with the enterprise agencies: Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Forfás, is the first to examine in detail how well the Irish supply chain is positioned to capture new business arising from expected investment in energy efficient and renewable energy products and services required to meet energy targets for 2020.The report estimates that Ireland is currently spending €1.5 billion per annum on   sustainable energy solutions, supporting 18,000 jobs. Most of the increased expenditure over the next six years, which can support up to 30,000 jobs, is expected to come from  the manufacturing and construction sectors, where the capacity to upscale is readily available with a qualified workforce.Speaking at the launch, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte, T.D. said: “Ireland is focussed on seeking cost efficient contributions to the decarbonisation of the economy. The Green Paper creates a forum for discussion on this and on how we will expand our sustainable energy markets to 2020 and beyond. As the sustainable energy transition continues to gather momentum, Ireland must position itself to capture the economic benefits available. This requires diverse skillsets, as well as technology-specific knowledge, characteristics that Ireland’s flexible and well educated workforce is ready to provide.”“Government is committed to Ireland meeting its energy targets by 2020 and the Green Paper creates a forum for discussion around this and how we will expand our sustainable energy markets to 2020 and beyond. As the sustainable energy transition continues to gather momentum, Ireland must position itself to capture the economic benefits available. This requires diverse skillsets, as well as technology-specific knowledge characteristics that Ireland’s flexible and well educated workforce is ready to provide.”In addition to the requirements to meet Ireland’s sustainable energy targets, there are further business opportunities in EU and international markets, with the EU market estimated to be 70 times that of Ireland.  As a clean energy location, with a more diverse and secure energy supply, together with active supply chains, Ireland has the opportunity to attract further Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in this area.Commenting, Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive of SEAI, said: “A coordinated approach to supporting sustainable energy supply chains will promote economic growth and create thousands of jobs in Ireland. For this reason SEAI is working closely with the enterprise agencies to ensure Ireland can maximise the business opportunities available as well as improving our energy security and cost competitiveness.“Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland said: “Sustainable energy is the next big sector for Ireland. The potential in the EU and further afield gives Ireland yet another reason for foreign companies to locate here. Ireland has a great track record in attracting overseas investment and our strengths in the sustainable energy sector should significantly add to this.“Commenting, Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland said: “ Export growth related to sustainable energy products and services has increased significantly in the last few years, with sustainable energy exports now over €270 million per annum. We are excited about the growth potential of this market because we know Ireland has skills,  expertise and ICT capabilities that will enable us to achieve great things in EU and international markets.”  Press release, June 11, 2014; Image: patrabbittelast_img read more

Clifford Chance in the clear over RBS complaint

first_imgClifford ChanceClifford Chance was accused by a small business owner of failing to act on detailed evidence surrounding the activities of RBS’s Global Restructuring Group (GRG). RBS has denied any wrongdoing.Last month the Gazette reported that the SRA was looking at the evidence before considering whether to begin a formal investigation. But an SRA spokesperson said today: ‘We have looked further into the details, and have not found any evidence that suggests potential misconduct. We are not investigating and have closed the matter.’Allegations surrounding the GRG began five years ago when Lawrence Tomlinson, then entrepreneur in residence at the former Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, said the bank deliberately put viable businesses on a path to destruction while aiming to pick up their assets cheaply.In 2014 RBS commissioned Clifford Chance to prepare an independent report on Tomlinson’s allegation. The report concluded that there was no evidence to support it. Critics claimed the Clifford Chance report did not go far enough.The allegation that Clifford Chance failed to act on evidence was made by Clive May, the owner of a small bricklaying business. He claimed he presented the firm with clear evidence of abuse by the GRG. May was interviewed by Clifford Chance as part of the 2014 report.A Clifford Chance spokesperson said: ’We are fully confident in the quality of our work throughout on this matter, and the conclusions of our report, and are glad to see this reflected in the SRA’s decision.’ The Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed it will not investigate magic circle firm Clifford Chance for allegedly overlooking allegations of fraud during its investigation into Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and the bank’s treatment of small companies in financial difficulties.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more