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Predator Cycling redesigns The Major one-piece carbon handlebar-stem as fully made-in-house, monocoque part

first_imgPredator Cycling’s The Major Pilot is the next generation of their custom one-piece handlebar and stem unit. The original Major took an existing handlebar and stem, chopped the front off the stem and bonded them together with a massive, triangulated carbon and Kevlar section to create an unbelievably stiff part.Now, they’ve taken years of carbon fiber construction experience and experimentation and developed their own method for monocoque construction that, they say, creates parts far better than anything you’re going to buy off the shelf… To create the new Majors, which kick off with this Pilot track bar, they start by making the internal molds, or cores. Those are either 3D printing or injection molded thermoplastics to create the hard cores that the carbon fibers are then wound around. The construction is a combination of some raw fiber filaments being would around it, running continuously from the knuckle (where it clamps to the steerer tube) all the way to the ends of the drops, and UD and woven sections wrapped over those. All of that is done with dry fibers, not prepreg.A vacuum infusion molding process then impregnate the carbon with a proprietary epoxy resin. The part is then cured, then goes into a post-curing process where it’s heated. During the curing process it’s heated to 120º and left to cure for 12 hours. In the post cure, it’s run through second and third heat cycles to help the epoxy resin meet its maximum potential. Those final cycles also melt the cores out of the bar.“We’re able to get a better quality part by doing it this way,” said Aram Goganian, Predator’s founder. “It’s way easier to do it with pre-preg, but in order to get the same quality of carbon and finished product, we’d need to use an autoclave (basically a massive chamber that’s like a highly pressurized oven), which is how it’s done in aerospace industries, but it’s just not done in the cycling industry any more. To really get pre-preg parts done right, you need (an autoclave) because it gets all of the air out. Pre-preg inherently has small micro bubbles in it because it’s frozen before use, so infusing the resin into the part during construction like we’re doing results in a higher quality part.”The track version shown here has started shipping early versions, and production versions will start shipping in December. They start cutting molds for the road bike version in December and start on the first batch in January if everything stays on track (They’re also in the process of moving from Los Angeles to a new, much larger facility near Nashville, TN). The Major Pilot retails for $749.For the new road Major, they’ve made two prototypes under 250g, but target weight for the production ones is about 300g. The tops will look similar to the track bike, but the drops will look more traditional. They worked closely with Paul Swift from BikeFit to create the ergonomics and hand fit, then solicited feedback from pros racing in Europe to get the complete wishlist for what would make the ultimate road bike handlebar. All of that will be incorporated into The Major, as will integration for electronic wiring, internal cables and other features to work with modern standards. The first version will optimize layout for standard road bike routing, after which they might do one that spits the wires and cables out the back to work with bikes like the Madone or Venge. Expect retail to be about $699.The clamp system isn’t modeled properly in these renderings, but it’ll be a standard two-bolt clamp with custom titanium hardware that uses nuts and bolts rather than putting any threaded parts directly into the carbon. So, if you end up breaking or stripping one, you just cut it out and replace it without damaging the carbon.Fun Fact: Since our factory tour of Aram’s shop, they’ve continued to refine their in-house molding process, and that evolution is what’s led to these bars. Part of the testing process was building the roof for the Darth Vader Car:Check out their timeline and photos of some early prototypes on their About Us page.PredatorCycling.comlast_img read more

August 15, 2011 Letters

first_imgAugust 15, 2011 Letters I have to take issue with Daniel ’ August 1 letter expressing his misgivings on the viability of the e-filing process.E-filing, electronic access, and e-service not only save the taxpayers and litigants the tremendous cost associated with handling paper court records, these systems also provide efficiency for the court, the parties, and all other agencies and entities that use the court system. Electronic access also allows the public easy access to the public records of the judicial branch of government, which fosters a better understanding of the court system and improved accountability and transparency.Emailing is not e-filing. E-filing is the electronic filing of pleadings with the clerk. Because e-filers have to log in through secure servers to e-file, the integrity of the court record is much more secure than the paper system where the clerk receives an envelope in the mail from some unknown source. Mr. Kortenhaus’ letter refers to pro se litigants sending him numerous emails. Paper system or not, any pro se litigant can email opposing counsel. If a pro se litigant files multiple superfluous pleadings with the court, the court can place a check on that just as is done in situations where multiple paper documents are filed.State attorneys have retracted their opposition to e-filing and will learn, as local private attorneys have, that once you become familiar with this very simple system, e-filing is much more efficient and faster than paper filing. The e-filing rule also provides that an attorney who still uses a Smith Corona selectric can petition the court to continue to file in paper — I suggest that will be a rarely used provision in this day and age of word processing.Pro se litigants are, in fact, not required to e-file their documents. All clerks are capable of scanning pro se pleadings and converting them to electronic images. Victims of domestic violence could e-file their pleadings which will get their petition to the court faster when time delays of mailing or driving to the courthouse can mean harm or death to a person who is a victim of domestic violence. The orders of the court are electronically transmitted to the sheriff who can then print and serve a paper copy on the respondent. Warrants issued against criminals are similarly transmitted, shortening the time criminals are on the street.Service of the initial pleadings in tenant eviction and other civil actions is still done by paper, but e-service of copies of subsequently filed pleadings on opposing counsel saves time and postage, increasing efficiency and reducing costs for their clients. E-filed documents immediately show up on the court’s electronic file system rather than sitting in a pile of paper or in transit in the mail.The courts and clerks are presently initiating a statewide portal that will enable any filer to file any pleading in any court through one site. This e-portal will further improve the efficiency of the courts.This is not fantasy. It is real, and it is here and is already working, not only here but in the federal courts as well.R. B. “Chips” Shore Manatee County Clerk of the Court Bradenton August 15, 2011 Letterscenter_img LettersThe E-Futurelast_img read more

ABA again lauds FSU’s Student Bar Association

first_img ABA again lauds FSU’s Student Bar AssociationFor the third time in five years, the Florida State University College of Law Student Bar Association has been named “SBA of the Year” by the ABA Law Student Division. The honor, announced at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, recognizes the efforts of an SBA organization to create a better environment for law students and a more positive image of the legal profession.Florida State’s SBA also won the ABA Law Student Division’s 2012 Henry J. Ramsey, Jr., Diversity Award, which recognizes “excellence in activities that have contributed toward the achievement and advancement of women, minorities, persons with disabilities in the profession, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.”Florida State won two of the six national awards presented by the ABA Law Student Division at the annual meeting. Eighteen schools from around the nation competed for SBA of the Year and 17 schools competed for the diversity award.During the 2011-2012 academic year, FSU’s SBA added new events to its year-long community service campaign, including the first Habitat for Humanity home built with a local law firm. FSU SBA expanded its annual legislative preview event into a distinguished lecture series, bringing several figures from both sides of the political aisle to the law school. FSU also expanded its diversity week initiative, partnering with more student organizations than in the past and adding events, such as a study abroad panel. Florida State’s SBA also was instrumental in helping the law school reach an all-time high student giving rate — 88 percent of students made cash gifts to the college during the 2012 Student Annual Fund Drive.“We are thrilled that the excellence of our student bar association is again being lauded at the national level,” said Dean Don Weidner. “Congratulations and thanks go to the entire SBA board and especially to its immediate-past president, Alexandra Haddad, for Florida State’s award-winning submission.”Florida State’s incoming SBA President Mike Koulianos and Senior ABA Representative Alex Pendolino accepted the awards at the ABA meeting. Florida State’s SBA has a tradition of winning national awards from the ABA Law Student Division. In 2008 and 2009, the division named Florida State the “SBA of the Year.” In 2010, the group presented Florida State’s SBA with the Public Interest National Achievement Award for its community service efforts. September 1, 2012 Regular News ABA again lauds FSU’s Student Bar Associationlast_img read more

Sound waves boost older adult’ memory and deep sleep

first_imgGentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, which scientists believe contributes to memory loss in aging.The sound stimulation significantly enhanced deep sleep in participants and their scores on a memory test. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Sharecenter_img LinkedIn Pinterest “This is an innovative, simple and safe non-medication approach that may help improve brain health,” said senior author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine sleep specialist. “This is a potential tool for enhancing memory in older populations and attenuating normal age-related memory decline.”The study will be published March 8 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.In the study, 13 participants 60 and older received one night of acoustic stimulation and one night of sham stimulation. The sham stimulation procedure was identical to the acoustic one, but participants did not hear any noise during sleep. For both the sham and acoustic stimulation sessions, the individuals took a memory test at night and again the next morning. Recall ability after the sham stimulation generally improved on the morning test by a few percent. However, the average improvement was three times larger after pink-noise stimulation.The older adults were recruited from the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern.The degree of slow wave sleep enhancement was related to the degree of memory improvement, suggesting slow wave sleep remains important for memory, even in old age.Although the Northwestern scientists have not yet studied the effect of repeated nights of stimulation, this method could be a viable intervention for longer-term use in the home, Zee said.Previous research showed acoustic simulation played during deep sleep could improve memory consolidation in young people. But it has not been tested in older adults.The new study targeted older individuals — who have much more to gain memory-wise from enhanced deep sleep — and used a novel sound system that increased the effectiveness of the sound stimulation in older populations.The study used a new approach, which reads an individual’s brain waves in real time and locks in the gentle sound stimulation during a precise moment of neuron communication during deep sleep, which varies for each person.During deep sleep, each brain wave or oscillation slows to about one per second compared to 10 oscillations per second during wakefulness.Giovanni Santostasi, a study coauthor, developed an algorithm that delivers the sound during the rising portion of slow wave oscillations. This stimulation enhances synchronization of the neurons’ activity.After the sound stimulation, the older participants’ slow waves increased during sleep.Larger studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of this method and then “the idea is to be able to offer this for people to use at home,” said first author Nelly Papalambros, a Ph.D. student in neuroscience working in Zee’s lab. “We want to move this to long-term, at-home studies.”Northwestern scientists, under the direction of Dr. Roneil Malkani, assistant professor of neurology at Feinberg and a Northwestern Medicine sleep specialist, are currently testing the acoustic stimulation in overnight sleep studies in patients with memory complaints. The goal is to determine whether acoustic stimulation can enhance memory in adults with mild cognitive impairment.Previous studies conducted in individuals with mild cognitive impairment in collaboration with Ken Paller, professor of psychology at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, have demonstrated a possible link between their sleep and their memory impairments.last_img read more

Lab Salmonella strain sickens 73 people in 35 states

first_imgApr 29, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that it and public health partners in several states are investigating a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to lab exposure that has so far sickened 73 people in 35 states.The illnesses involve a commercially available Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium strain used in laboratories, and health officials believe students or lab employees may have carried the bacteria to their homes on contaminated lab coats, pens, notebooks, or other items. Several of the patients are children who live in households with a person who studies or works in a microbiology lab.Illness onset dates for patients with available information range from Aug 20, 2010, to March 8, 2011. Ages range from less than 1 year to 91 years, with a median age of 24. Sixty-three percent of the patients are female; 14% of the patients were hospitalized, and one death has been reported.The CDC said the number of new cases involving the outbreak strain has dropped over the past several months and that levels have returned to the expected baseline of 0 to 4 per week.The epidemiologic investigation, conducted during February and March, that compared exposures of 32 of the outbreak patients with 64 controls who were sick with other illnesses found that exposure to clinical and teaching microbiology lab exposure was a possible illness source. Some of the sick patients were students or employees in the labs, many of whom reported working with Salmonella.Investigation activities are ongoing, and the CDC said the American Society for Microbiology and the Association of Public Health Laboratories are surveying lab directors, managers, and faculty to identify areas were biosafety and training can be improved to avoid similar future infections.The CDC advised lab students and workers to observe biosafety practices when working with agents such as Salmonella and to avoid bringing home pens, notebooks, and other items used inside the lab. It also warned against bringing food, drinks, and personal items such as car keys and cell phones into the labs where they can become contaminated.Joshua Rounds, MPH, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health, said one of the first clues was a case cluster in New Mexico, where state health officials found that the outbreak strain was indistinguishable from the Salmonella Typhimurium strain used in lab settings. He said the strain, commonly used as a control in testing, isn’t known to be unusually pathogenic.Rounds said infections from the lab strain have been seen before, though an outbreak spanning several states is unusual. He said it’s unclear if the outbreak signifies an emerging threat or if increased use of multistate foodborne illness conference calls has led to a more uniform evaluation of exposure to the pathogen.See also:Apr 28 CDC outbreak noticelast_img read more

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Minding your manors

first_imgThe term “manorial rights” may sound like a feud to be battled over in Game of Thrones, but in reality it refers to ancient rights over land and minerals that can have substantial implications for modern developments. Recent changes in the law requiring registration of the rights have brought them to the attention of the media and the public.Manorial rights are historic rights of former lords of the manor that were preserved then the original manor was broken up years ago. They include rights over mines and minerals; sporting rights; and the right to hold fairs/markets. Many people may have no idea that their property is affected.Although no new manorial rights have been created since 1925, a vast number still exist. It is therefore critical for any developer to understand whether target land is subject to any rights.Developers need to excavate to install foundations, basements and subterranean utilities. If this disturbs a mineral seam owned by the lord rather than the property owner, the lord could claim trespass or damages, or apply for an injunction to stop the works. Although there are counter-arguments that surface works are permitted, running them is time-consuming and expensive, and will delay development.Similarly, if the developer wishes to sell, any known rights will need to be disclosed, which may deter purchasers. The issue is particularly topical in areas such as Cornwall, where deposits of indium are now being mined for LCD displays.As a general rule, the lord will not have an immediate right to excavate, but must negotiate with the property owner, and any proposed mining will still require planning consent. However, it can be a most unwelcome surprise to discover that you do not own valuable minerals beneath your own property.The media has tried to make much of this in respect of fracking. In fact, ownership of rights to oil and gas is much more complicated and involves the Crown or Coal Authority as well as the lord and the property owner. Specialist advice should be sought for properties in areas where fracking may take place.The Land Registry received 90,000 applications in 18 months, compared to 3,200 in the previous decadeHistorically, there was no requirement to register the rights. Consequently, many people were oblivious to them. In 2002, the government decided to create transparency over third party rights. The Land Registration Act 2002 set a “use it or lose it” deadline of 12 October 2013 for registering manorial rights.This prompted a flurry of applications by large estate owners like the Duchy of Cornwall and the Church. The Land Registry received 90,000 applications in 18 months, compared to 3,200 in the previous decade. Rather than transparency, the law created worry for people receiving notices they did not understand.Owners of manorial rights had until 12 October 2013 to register cautions against first registration for unregistered land, or notices for registered land. If they have not done so, and the land is sold without this being done, it will become free of the rights. However, if the land has not changed hands since 12 October 2013, an application can still be made.For this reason, while the rush to beat the deadline brought the issue to the attention of the media and the Justice Committee, many new applications could still be submitted.One difficulty with manorial rights is that the burden of proof does not lie with the lord when they apply to register them, but on the owner of the property when they challenge them. Providing proof can be time-consuming and expensive, or even impossible. Meanwhile nebulous rights will deter purchasers.The developer should carry out research before committing resources to the development. This could include Land Registry index map and franchises and manors searches; brine or coal holdings searches; or an enquiry agent’s report. Legal advice should be sought on the title to the property.Title indemnity insurance can usually be purchased to protect against claims during construction and the subsequent purchaser. This will not remove the issue, but it can cover the majority of the costs.Finally, if the developer is concerned, it could seek an indemnity from the seller. However, this will only be useful if the seller is a strong covenant. It is therefore less likely to be useful than research and insurance.There has been much in the press about the impact on house prices, and fears that home owners may not be able to re-mortgage. In practice, we have not seen that this has been the case. Nonetheless, given the rapid changes in technology and mining for different materials, the prudent developer will be wary and will take precautions.Jill Carey is senior associate in the real estate disputes team and Luke Callaghan is senior associate in the private client team at international law firm Taylor Wessinglast_img read more

Air Partner adds Sochi charter capacity

first_imgLocated on the Russian Black Sea coast, Sochi is not particularly well served by European carriers and there is currently limited air freight capacity. Air Partner will operate a cargo service every Monday between November 18, 2013 and February 7, 2014 from Frankfurt directly to Sochi.Mike Hill, regional manager, Air Partner Freight Group, commented: “Access to Sochi is currently very limited; many freight shipments route via Moscow and are then trucked on to Sochi, involving a long transit time. Air Partner’s new full freighter service, the ‘Sochi Express’, is the only non-stop air service currently scheduled between Europe and Sochi.” www.airpartner.comlast_img read more

Ocean 7 chooses Kestrel

first_imgOcean 7 is a Denmark headquartered shipping line operating a fleet of 10 multipurpose/heavy lift vessels. It expects to take delivery of the newbuild vessel Abis Esbjerg, which will come equipped with two 150-tonne lift capacity cranes, at the end of July 2015. An Ocean 7 statement claimed Kestrel secured this contract owing to its long-standing involvement in the heavy lift and project shipping industry.www.ocean7projects.comlast_img

Rail terminal opened to serve Jaguar Land Rover car factory

first_imgSLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has opened a public intermodal freight terminal at Lužianky in near Nitra to serve the Jaguar Land Rover car factory which was officially inaugurated on October 25.The Jaguar Land Rover plant has the capacity to produce 150 000 cars a year. Up to 80% of its production is expected to be carried by rail, and ŽSR expects the TIP Lužianky terminal to generate revenue of at least €2·7m a year.The rail terminal was designed by Prodex and construction was undertaken by Strabag at a cost of €39·9m, funded from ŽSR’s own resources. It offers storage and warehousing space, with four tracks able to accommodate 700 m long trains and two double-deck ramps for loading automotive wagons ramps.The site is linked to the rail network via a 1·8 km single-track spur which partly uses the alignment of the Lužianky to Dražovce line closed in 2003.last_img read more