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The Light Weight Carbon 29er

With the next race season fast approaching, its time sports lovers look for their new race bike. Carbon 29er has finally appeared in the market for those planning to replace their old bike and try out something new. The new light weight Carbon 29er, with suspension that is performance oriented with short stays seems unstoppable. This growing breed of mountain bike has gained popularity because of their function as all-mountain alternative to more expensive and technical full-suspension bikes.

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These mountain bikes are called 29ers because of their big tire and rim size. Wheel diameter of the regular mountain bikes are around 26inches. The 29er MTB wheel set is 29 inches and the tire is fully mounted. Considering the fundamental aspect, you will find no significant difference between the traditional mountain bikes and the Carbon 29er. Both come with back derailleurs, comparable front, front shock and standard diamond frame. The only difference lies in the wheels and it is this single difference that places Carbon 29er on top of the rest available options in the market.

The reasons why a Carbon 29er mountain bike has become the perfect all-mountain bike are stated below:

1.    The bikes are designed to take rock or log in full speed and roll over the uneven surfaces with minimum jarring impact.

2.    Large sized rims and wheels absorb shock from bumps and obstacles with relative ease. Whether you are in Virginia, Utah, Moab, Oregon, or in Colorado, a 29er is designed to perform much better compared to 26er.

3.    Trail conditions change irrespective of where you ride. A Carbon 29er offers better stability in these changing trail environments offering greater option for taller rides. Puddles, mud and sand can pull down any rider if he isn’t that careful. Unnecessary injuries and wipeouts can be avoided with large size tire and wheels.

4.    Increased traction that has been created by longer contact area is another major advantage of Carbon 29er bikes. There is less arch on the wheels because of bigger tires and wheels. The surface area to grab and climb through ascents increase because of this. Longer contact area helps in cornering through the switchbacks. The 29er bikes will rarely pump through the inclines when you climb up a steep surface.

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Carbon 29er bikes are a little expensive compared to the traditional bikes. However, if you are planning to upgrade to a better option and thinking of an option between 29er and a full suspension, it is always better to opt for the former. A Carbon 29er all mountain bike is fun, fast and can handle anything on its way. Whether it is a mountain, slick rock, or a trail, it can handle just any surface and offer you the best possible ride you had probably never experienced before.

So, if you are tired of the tall promises made by big names and looking for something different now, a Carbon 29er bike will be the right option for you.

This article was written by Keturah Clifford, on behalf of Switchback Bikes, offering the widest range of tires, wheels, apparels and bike frames. For more information on mountain bikes, you may also visit Wikipedia.

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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Shopping

 

The Facts of Electromagnetic Radiation

What do x-rays, gamma rays, and ultraviolet light all have in common? They are all part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic spectrum is the range on which all types of electromagnetic radiation fit. Unless you’re a physicist, this might not hold a lot of meaning for you. But you might be surprised—electromagnetic radiation is all around us. Regular, every day devices like cell phones and computers all emit this kind of radiation. What are the implications of this? They might be more far-reaching than you’d think.

Electromagnetic_Radiation_260420131309First, what exactly is electromagnetic radiation? In simplest terms, it’s a form of energy. It might be easiest to picture—imagine two oscillating waves moving back and forth across an axis. The waves move along the axis, dipping back and forth in direct relation and proportion to the other. One wave is electric energy; the other, is magnetic energy. That’s what electromagnetic radiation is—a mixture of electric and magnetic energy. How is it created?

Electromagnetic radiation is created by moving charges. More specifically, it’s created when charged particles are accelerated by forces acting on them. For example—a cell phone creates electromagnetic energy. This happens like so: a transmitter in a cell phone turns your voice into a wave. Waves are measured in frequency, which is the number of times the wave oscillates back and forth per second. Hold onto that idea of frequency; it’s coming up again soon. That wave that was just created by the transmitter is electromagnetic radiation. The radiation is then sent to phone’s antenna and transmitted out as a signal. A cell phone tower has a receiver that accepts these transmitted waves, completing phone call while creating radiation.

All electromagnetic radiation falls into either two categories: non-ionizing and ionizing. Remember frequency? Radiation with relatively low frequencies fall into the non-ionizing category—and this includes devices like laptops, cell phones, transmitting and receiving towers, as well as microwaves. This radiation can be dangerous; the kind of radiation where too much exposure can have serious negative neurological, biological, and reproductive effects. X-rays and other higher frequency radiation fall into the category of ionizing radiation, which is why the dentist puts a lead apron over you before taking x-rays of your teeth. Lead blocks ionizing radiation, and prevents the dangerous effects of ionizing radiation. Another example is wearing UV rated sunglasses and suntan lotion to block ultraviolet light and gamma rays to protect ourselves from the sun.

There continues to be some debate about the potential dangers, and side effects, of non-ionizing radiation. This is why you might have been cautioned to hold your cell phone away from your head and to keep your laptop off of your lap. There has been a mix of both non-conclusive and conclusive determinations about how electromagnetic, non-ionizing, radiation affects the body. There are some retailers that already sell radiation meters and radiation blocking shields for the face and body. In the future, perhaps these will become common workplace safety items. For now though, the best thing to do is take precautions and become educated on the facts of electromagnetic radiation.

This article was written by Christine Storgeoff, on behalf of DefenderPad, leading sellers of sleek and functional radiation shields. For more information on electromagnetic radiations, visit Wikipedia.

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Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Others

 

Granite Memphis Kitchens Vs. Quartz Surfaces

In any given home, the kitchen is not only where individuals and families come together to create meals, but operates as the centre of the home. Anybody who has ever hosted a dinner party knows that people naturally congregate in the kitchen area. It is an important room in any home, and as such its’ design sets the tone for the rest of the house. Kitchen renovations can prove to be quite time consuming with the number of decisions that need to be made. One of the most important decisions is which material to use for the countertop surfaces in the kitchen. Among designers and builders in Memphis there is an ongoing discussion as to the pros and cons of using Granite Memphis versus Quartz.

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One of the most popular countertop materials is naturally occurring granite; the appeal of using a natural rock rather than an artificially processed or “fake looking” surface is quite obvious. However, with many individuals still opting for the cheaper Quartz for their countertops, the question arises as to whether or not that extra cost to install Granite for Memphis kitchen surfaces is worthwhile. First and foremost, the material one chooses should be low in volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and non-porous. Given that kitchen surfaces are the place where food is prepared, it is vital to make sure that this area is safe and clean.

Porous surfaces allow for bacteria to collect more readily, but in such tiny pockets that one cannot simply rid their surfaces of these bacteria through daily cleaning. However, any surface that is porous can easily be sealed annually to prevent any negative consequences. VOC’s can be dangerous for individuals to breathe in and reduce the overall air quality of a home. One thing to keep in mind is that since Quartz surfaces have an acrylic finish like resin, VOC levels are likely higher. However, granite can also contain low levels of naturally occurring radon. Although these levels are not high enough to be dangerous, it is best to have any material tested, even granite in Memphis, before installation (kits can usually be purchased at low cost, by looking here).

Granite is naturally occurring stone, meaning that all the various seams and fissures that the rock develops over time will show on the countertop, depending on the rock that is chosen. This makes it difficult to create a completely ‘seamless’ surface, but adds an interesting appeal to a countertop that is increasingly popular in homes. Quartz surfaces are manufactured to look the same no matter the slab that is chosen, meaning that a completely seamless appearance is possible. Aesthetically speaking, granite surfaces are unequivocally beautiful, and come in as many varieties as one can possible conceive of. The choice to have Granite in Memphis kitchen surfaces depends on ones aesthetic preferences.

Granite Memphis kitchens can be breathtakingly beautiful and durable as long as they are installed properly and are sealed for water resistance on an annual basis. As long as this low cost, low effort step is taken, granite will stand the test of time and look beautiful doing so.

This article was written by Anabel Corsoro, on behalf of Pacific Shore Stones, housing an assortment of stones from around the world, including traditional core colors and extravagant exotics for those customers looking for stones as unique as their own designs. To know about the different uses of granite, you may also visit Wiki.answers.

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Business

 

Animals and Creative Training

Creativity is like oxygen: a part of life. There are many areas of humanity that can never have strictly negative consequences, much like breathing oxygen, and creativity is one of those areas. Check out the Wikipedia page on creativity. There is nothing in the left hand contents bar that belies a negative impact that creativity has on humanity. Shocking arts, crazy imaginations produced on film and controversial subjects are not covered in the Wikipedia article, though to be sure, they exist. This is just the way that creative training goes. People safely unlock and tap into their dark sides and this can disturb others.

Creative training is an important part of every school curriculum. Despite how sports usually get more funding and attention, creativity is just as important to know as the knowledge of how to stay in shape. An added bonus to learning how to be creative is that it is just as cost effective as jogging around the neighborhood. Notice how some people only need a knife, whetstone and a chunk of wood to make something beautiful? Or how poets need only something to write with, or even just their memory? It may not be a wholly unique trait among Earthlings, too.

Creative_Training_200420131106Cephalopods, dolphins, pigs and crows have all exhibited intelligence in the use of tools for survival. Cephalopods are especially creepy in this respect because, well, they are simply creepy. Like underwater spiders. That can fly. Another example is the Australian dolphin has learned to use a sponge when searching the seabed for food. This trait is apparently passed down from mother to daughter. And they are much less creepy than octopuses. So creative training happens in the animal kingdom too, it is not just a human phenomenon.

Many methods exist in order to foster, or train  someone’s creativity for its own unique outlet. These following methods have been generally accepted as effective creative training techniques in both creative industries and academia:

  1. Establishing purpose and intention: why do you need to be creative? Is it purely an emotional outlet, or do you have ideas and thoughts that need to be expressed?
  2. Building basic skills: a poet needs to read poetry, practice different forms and instill rules and structure in their writing. Artists have to practice with whatever media they enjoy most.
  3. Going out of your way to obtain special knowledge. From the way Picasso held his brush to the mixture of paint used to make a certain color, this kind of knowledge can sometimes set the amateur apart from the professional.
  4. Stimulate and reward curiosity and exploration. Back to the poets: if removing yourself from the usual comfort zone is necessary, like reciting at a rap battle, then get nice and drunk afterwards. Just joking. Buy a nice pen and good paper.
  5. Motivate, motivate, motivate. Creativity is completely hindered without some form of motivation. Find what yours is.

These are only five ways to help creative training burgeon one creative side. There are even a few skilled businesses that offer creative training.

This article was written by Dani Suarez, on behalf of The Creativity Workshop, helping you discover and develop your creative potential.  To understand the connection between creativity and cognition, you may also visit Wisegeek.com.

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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Education

 

The Effectiveness of Safety Signage

It is important for businesses to be able to communicate both with consumers and employees. When it comes to safety and signage, this is really a non-negotiable issue. After all, being able to install signs safely helps to save people from injuries and lowers the overall risk of employees putting themselves in injurious situations.

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Safety and signage is derided as unimportant by many employers who may directly benefit from it. It is easy to stick to the old and familiar ways of doing business and advertising in-store promotions, namely by hiking up a ladder with a giant cardboard sign. There are a myriad of reasons why signage is important, but the main reason is just to keep people informed and make a business, money. Finding ways to be able to advertise traditionally while creating a safer work environment is an employer’s duty. New technology is not all confusing or difficult and when it comes to safety and signage hanging, a lot has changed.

The bureau of the United States Department of Labor Statistics reported in 2011 that over three million work-place injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry company’s employees. This amounts to an injury or illness rate of 3.5 per 100 employees. That is lower than it was in years past largely due to improved work conditions, including more effective ways of working. In the retail industry this has meant eliminating the need to climb ladders through safety enhanced signage hanging technology.  Customers benefit from this new era of safety too. Customers no longer have to mill around employees on ladders which is an improvement both safety wise and professionally.

The bureau of Labor Statistics also has a report on fatal workplace injuries from 2011. This report highlights over 4,600 fatal injuries suffered in the year, which is down slightly from the year before. While not all of these workplace’ fatal injuries were preventable, certainly a number of them were. Preventing deaths in the workplace is a key reason that safety for signage hanging is so important. Many reported workplace injuries are sustained in falls and you do not have to fall far to break a wrist or hit your head fatally.

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Having successful and safely installed signage can help companies to save money in the long run. Fewer insurance claims and fewer lawsuit issues both of which can be quite costly for businesses, large or small, can be avoided more easily when safety and signage come together. Sign hanging might seem like an insignificant aspect of a person’s day or a business’s advertising campaign, but it only takes one accident to change all that.

Workplace injuries are a major concern in every industry. While you may walk through the mall or stop by your local convenience store and think it is the easiest job in the world – there are all kinds of hazards. Whether it be falling from a ladder while stocking a shelf or attempting to hang a promotional sign, a fall can be damaging. A business wants a great reputation for its product or services as well as for how it cares for employees. If a business takes the critical step of bringing safety and signage systems together, everyone will prosper and the work environment will flourish.

This article was written by Cleo Connelly, on behalf of Reel E-Z Display, offering convenient solutions to hang merchandising signage and improve sign hanging safety. To know more about a signage and the different types, you may also visit wisegeek.com.

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Business

 

Food Safety Supervisor and Egg Allergies

A food safety supervisor should be aware of all the aspects of food safety in order to keep the patrons of the eating establishment healthy and the employees from making a mistake. Food allergies are becoming more and more common and egg allergies seem to be everywhere. People who are allergic to eggs need to be careful what they eat but a food safety supervisor in the restaurant is diligent and watches to make sure that the dishes that are taken to the tables are free of allergens.

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Egg allergies affect 1-2% of young children. Most grow out of it, but not all. The allergy can persist into adulthood. As food allergies go, an egg allergy is usually quite mild, and it is very rarely life-threatening. Still, as with all food allergies, care should be taken by the restaurant and the food safety supervisor to make sure that precaution are taken when a patron tells the wait staff that they, or their children, have an allergy.

The most common and mildest reaction to consuming eggs is hives around the mouth or eyes. A less common, but more severe, reaction is abdominal pain and vomiting. This happens quite quickly after consuming the egg product. Some will react as if to a peanut allergy, with coughing, wheezing and other breathing difficulties if the allergic reaction occurs in the airways. The most severe reaction is collapse and loss of consciousness. It is the responsibility of the parents or the adult allergic to make sure that the restaurant knows the issues and practice responsible ordering, but the food safety supervisor should know that egg products do sometimes lurk in unexpected places and should advise if there is any uncertainty.

You expect to find eggs in the quiche, or the baked goods, mayonnaises and other sauces, and even salad dressings and pasta, but you might not be looking for them in the meat products; they are often present in the fillers of processed meats and in fish mixtures. Soups and broths may have eggs, and so might beverages. There may be egg in the foam on the coffee, and there may be egg in the malts. Albumin, globulin and anything that begins with ‘ovo’ also contain egg.

Once everybody has taken every precaution to make sure that there are no eggs in the food that the person has ordered the food safety supervisor and staff need to make sure that no allergens make contact with the food after it has been plated. Cross-contamination is a possibility if staffs are not careful. The plates may be bumped, and food from one plate may come into contact with food from another. Servers must be careful to deliver the right plate. Food safety supervisors must keep watch and most importantly, be prepared to discuss this with the restaurant staffs who are not aware of how serious this issue may be. Although egg allergies are very rarely life threatening, other allergens can do serious and sudden damage. Allergens can include any kind of food and different sufferers will react differently to the allergen in question.

This article was written by Jazmine Hepner, on behalf of Food Safety Today, offering food safety certification courses online. To know about the different food safety regulations, you may also visit Wisegeek.com.

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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Education

 

How Online Education Encourages Inclusive Learning

The education system has long been standardized to a rather narrow idea of how children and youth best take in and retain information. The idea of having a single teacher standing in front of a class lecturing at students is notably biased toward those students who are auditory learners. The fact is that there are many individuals that learn best by sharing information in a tactile or visual manner. Fortunately, with the development of communication technology, it is possible to obtain online education that offers increased flexibility.

Receiving all the benefits of an on-campus education while also being able to express opinions through computer-mediated communication can be very appealing to those who are uncomfortable with face-to-face situations. Just as society is biased toward those who are auditory learners, it also favors those who are extroverted in the way they express their opinions. In-class education, where students are expected and rewarded for participation is daunting to those who feel uncomfortable in pressurized social situations. For these individuals, having an online forum where they may express their opinions with a freedom they do not enjoy in face-to-face interactions is their ticket to getting the most out of an education. An online education offers a more inclusive and collaborative learning environment wherein individuals may contribute and learn at their own pace using their preferred methods.

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Typically, throughout formal schooling, students that have difficulty with concentrating on class content and perform at a lower level on examinations are assumed to learn at a slower pace, or are deemed “less intelligent” than other students. What is often the case however is that these students simply do not thrive in a formal educational environment that relies almost solely on auditory learning. Intelligence is a far more complex and nuanced concept than many realize; it encompasses social intelligence, linguistic intelligence, and spatial intelligence, among many others. An institution of higher learning that only rewards and encourages one very restrictive form of intelligence is not ideal. This is why institutions offering an online education offer various methods to glean information and obtain a degree.

Obtaining a degree by utilizing online resources, interacting with fellow students via Internet communication, and being able to work at ones ideal pace, allows all the individuals to gain the most out of their education. Often, online education may be supplemented with further in-class education if desired, but it gives students the freedom to choose how, when, and where they will learn, according to their own unique needs and preferences. Many colleges and universities have begun to recognize the benefits of offering courses and degrees online, and as such it has become increasingly commonplace. The resulting degree is just as prestigious and relevant as the same degree earned whilst sitting in class.

Obtaining ones further education online has immense benefits for those who require more flexibility in scheduling, those who prefer to learn in different formats, and anybody who utilizes online communication. In today’s world, an online education simply utilizes one of the greatest tolls of communication to achieve academic goals; it will likely be the case that in the near future, most colleges and universities will offer their students this opportunity.

This article was written by Carlie Hunnings, on behalf of Simple Degrees, offering informative, complimentary, and easy-to-use service that allows current and prospective students decide what field of study they want to pursue. To know how you can find online education courses, you may also visit eHow.

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Education