WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County will be joining other counties around the state in eliminating

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County will be joining other counties around the state in eliminating the sale or use of Styrofoam containers for takeout, prepared foods and restaurant leftovers. The county Board of Legislators unanimously passed the measure June 3 and County Executive George Latimer signed it into law Thursday. The law, which aims to reduce the amount of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam that ends up in landfills and around communities, goes into effect in six months, the Journal News said. The county joins Nassau and Suffolk counties which already passed legislation, as well as New York City and Albany County. Food containers made from Styrofoam used by vendors and restaurants will be prohibited, along with the sale of loose-fill EPS packing foam in Westchester. Prepackaged food that comes sealed in EPS packaging, as well as foam cartons for raw eggs and butcher case packaging are exempted. The Legislature’s Majority Leader Catherine Parker, a Democrat from Rye, said in a statement that the material being banned doesn’t decompose. “When you throw away that EPS coffee cup, it remains a part of our environments for generations, littering our stre...

Don’t hike the desert without a quality water bottle or filter

Having a water source is one of the most important tenets for surviving in the outdoors, whether for three hours or three days. To put it simply, water is life, especially here in the desert where Nevadans die from heat-related causes more than any other weather event, according to the National Weather Service. But with so many hydration solutions out there, it’s hard to know which is best. Here are a few tips, tricks and suggestions to get you on the trail and keep you out of trouble. For the sake of brevity, we’re sticking with water bottles and filters that are easy to carry on the trail. • Determine your route and pace. For a desert day hike, you’ll need to consume at least 3.5 qt. (112 oz.) of water, or up to a gallon (128 oz.) a day for an extended trip. • Drink when you can, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Thirst is an indication of dehydration, not a cause. • Pack as lightly as you can and use the extra space for water. Start your hike early to avoid the worst of the heat. If you’re carrying your water on a long-haul hike, these are some advantages of using a BPA-free plastic bottle: This $9 bottle is collapsible. It is skinny enough to fit in the sid...

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UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories Inc. expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. The additions, which included new equipment, took about a $1 million investment, said Rodney Armstrong, director of laboratory services at Momentum. The company also added a natural rubber and natural latex testing lab of about 1,200 square feet within its Uniontown facility, which totals about 7,000 square feet. The balance of the space is used for construction product testing, including polymer modified asphalt, roofing materials and coatings and below-grade coatings, Armstrong said. Among the new rubber equipment in the NR/NL lab are a new rubber process analyzer, a Mooney viscometer, a Wallace plastimeter, a tensile machine, a compounding mixer and a mill. For latex, there’s also a centrifuge, a mechanical stability tester, a viscometer, and an atomic absorption metals tester. The third-party testing laboratory is A2LA/ISO 17025 accredited, and tests more than 90 different ASTM methods. It is also accredited to perform Miami-Dade County and Energy Star testing for roofing materials. Momentum hired two new technicians ...

It has been a while since Audioholics has reviewed a Klipsch product, and we thought that

It has been a while since Audioholics has reviewed a Klipsch product, and we thought that their refresh of the Reference Premier line would be an ideal time to take a look at what Klipsch has been up to in the loudspeaker world. Today, we take a look at the RP-8000F floor-standing speaker. We have opted to go with the Piano Black edition because we can appreciate good looks as well as good sound. These speakers are Klipsch’ highest-end  conventional tower speakers next to the RF-7 III. Klipsch has Dolby Atmos speakers that are a bit pricier, but we would rather focus on fundamental performance rather than Atmos embellishments since the sound character of these speakers will largely be determined by the base design. The cost of the standard RP-8000F is about $600 each, but the Piano Black finish of our review pair brings that pricing up to $750 each. These are moderately priced tower speakers and in a highly competitive price bracket. So what do the RP-8000F speakers bring to the table to make them a compelling offer in a market that is crowded at this price point? The RP-8000F is a bit larger than most tower speakers, but it is not gigantic as tower speakers go. With the g...

Failure-analysis experts investigate transformers that die an early death and try to determine what went wrong

Failure-analysis experts investigate transformers that die an early death and try to determine what went wrong and why. When it comes to big ticket items, power transformers near the top of the list. So, when they fail prematurely, it is a painful experience with damages that can far exceed the cost of a replacement unit. These added expenses may include the loss of priceless production time, damaged credibility, or regulatory fines and civil lawsuits. While numerous facilities have had to endure this sting, others are learning from those mistakes thanks to failure-analysis experts who investigate transformers that die an early death. The job is a lot like that of a detective on a TV crime show: The investigators show up at the “scene of the crime” and try to determine what went wrong and why. Attention to detail in the manufacturing process is often overlooked in today’s rush to automate but the most influential factor in transformer longevity is the level of craftsmanship. “I’ve been involved in dissecting numerous transformer failures,” said Jeff Jones, a transformer “crime scene investigator” and founder of Electrical Certification Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio), specializing in t...

Let it Be: Randomness in Abstract Art exhibition opens July | South Coast

COOS BAY — From July 13 through Oct. 5, 2019 Coos Art Museum will be showing “Let it Be: Randomness in Abstract Art” an exhibition of two artists Rebecca Arthur and Geralyn Inokuchi. The exhibition that will be held in the Museum’s Uno Richter Atrium Gallery will have a special reception for the artists to be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 19 and the reception is free to the public. The two artists explore color and texture in very different media. In both contemporary abstract painting (Inokuchi) and Raku pottery (Arthur), the goal is to achieve beauty in simplicity and imperfection. Both develop along the lines of randomness where the composition is asymmetric yet balanced. Geralyn Inokuchi lives in Coos Bay and has exhibited in past shows at Coos Art Museum as well as exhibitions in Portland, Bandon, Port Orford and Roseburg. Among her favorite painting processes is layering multiple colors and forms working in mixed media acrylic and with oil and cold wax. Inokuchi holds an Associate’s Degree in Art History and Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Portland State University Rebecca Arthur is a ceramics artist living in Corvallis, Ore. A majority of her ceramic work fe...

Hammocks and swinging chairs make great investments. Outdoor enthusiasts can take them on camping trips, and

Hammocks and swinging chairs make great investments. Outdoor enthusiasts can take them on camping trips, and they’re equally at home right in the backyard. Hammocks and swinging chairs make great investments. Outdoor enthusiasts can take them on camping trips, and they’re equally at home right in the backyard. Sunny days and warm weather beckon us to the great outdoors. A day spent in the pool or lounging around the patio is a great way to embrace the relaxing spirit of summer. But those who want to go the extra relaxing miles should consider adding a hammock or swinging chair to their backyard oasis. Hammocks and swinging chairs make great investments. Outdoor enthusiasts can take them on camping trips, and they’re equally at home right in the backyard. People on the fence about these symbols of relaxation can consider these benefits of hammocks or swinging chairs. Who needs an excuse to catch up on missing sleep? If the time presents itself, the sun and the fresh air can induce a deep sense of relaxation. Lying on a hammock or floating in a hanging chair provides that additional soothing rocking motion that can make a cat nap even more enticing. Create a retreat in any corner...

Belmet 7 constructs offshore gas jumper in Takoradi Port to aid oil, gas activities

The Port of Takoradi continues to take giant steps towards achieving its quest to becoming the dominant oil and gas services hub in the West African region. This follows the fabrication of the first offshore gas jumper to aid the activities of the oil and gas industry by Belmet 7. The offshore gas jumper will be used to transfer gas from the oil fields. Belmet 7, is a fabrication company in the construction industry for oil and gas with projects in Sekondi-Takoradi. In 2016, an export gas manifold and a suction pile were constructed at the Takoradi port fabrication yard for Tullow Oil Ghana limited. The General Manager of Belmet 7, Loic Chateau said the fabrication of the offshore gas jumper was successfully done wholly by Ghanaian welders, which took three weeks to complete without any injury. “It is the first time we have been doing this kind of fabrication here inside Takoradi Port, at Belmet 7 yard. It is the first time also we welded this type of steel, because it is a special alloy. The inside of the pipe is made of stainless steel, whereas the outside of it is carbon steel. So, it is a very specific wielding which was executed by Ghanaian welders working permanently for B...

Amino acids make beautiful music to design novel protein structures

Nearly seven years ago, MIT scientists mapped the molecular structure of proteins in spider silk threads onto musical theory to produce the “sound” of silk in hopes of establishing a radical new way to create designer proteins. That work even inspired a sonification art exhibit, “Spider’s Canvas,” in Tokyo last fall. Artist Tomas Saraceno created an interactive instrument inspired by the web of a Cyrotophora citricola spider, with each strand in the “web” tuned to a different note. Now MIT materials engineer Markus Buehler and his colleagues are back with an even more advanced system of making music out of a protein structure—and then converting it back to create novel proteins never before seen in nature. The team also developed a free app for the Android smartphone, called the Amino Acid Synthesizer, so users could create their own protein “compositions” from the sounds of amino acids. They described their work in a new paper in ACS Nano. Much like how music has a limited number of notes and chords and uses different combinations to compose music, proteins have a limited number of building blocks (its 20 amino acids) which ...

These will be the most popular toys for Christmas, Toys R Us predicts

The 2018 holiday season will see high demand for toys involving augmented reality, collectibles, slime, dinosaurs, unicorns and interactive pets, according to Nicole Jansen van Vuuren, Toys R Us marketing manager. The toy company is seeing growing demand for toys that encourage kids to get more interactive, whether it’s taking a journey through A.R.I.A’s adventures or playing with the Furreal Rock-a-Too show bird. Parents are looking for toys which encourage their children to spend less time in front of screens, and more time playing games that get them moving. Some of the other most sought-after gifts this festive season are expected to be the Scruff-a-Luv Fur Balls, and the Nintendo Switch Labo Kit. A.R.I.A’s Adventures is an educational interactive that uses augmented and virtual reality to educate children about animals.  You can use your smart device, or a VR headset, which opens up 3 augmented realty virtual worlds: 3D colouring, interactive cards and a VR animal park.   The Nickelodeon star, singer, and YouTube personality with 8.1 million subscribers is seeing linked toy merchandise flying off the shelves. Of the ten Jojo Siwa items on the Toys R Us online store, ...

How the broiler and turkey industries have changed since 1998

U.S. production of chicken steadily increased over the past two decades while turkey production remained relatively flat. That insight, along with others about the U.S. chicken and turkey market, were shared as part of WATT Global Media’s April 24, 2019, webinar, “WATTAgnet Top Company webinar: 2019 US broiler and turkey producer rankings.” The webinar is available to view, for free, on demand. The webinar reviewed WATT PoultryUSA’s 2019 Top Company data, its profiles of the top poultry companies and the historical performance of the industries. The most recent data set can be viewed in the March 2019 issue of the magazine. Historical performance from 2013, 2008 and 1998 was reviewed as part of the webinar. For the chicken industry, there was a notable growth in overall production of millions of pounds of ready-to-cook (RTC) chicken produced on a weekly basis. In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, the 29 integrated broiler companies that compose WATT PoultryUSA’s top companies produced a total 904.1 million pounds of chicken. By comparison, in 1998 only 581.7 million pounds – or 64.3 percent of 2018’s production – was produced by a total of 46 companie...

Secret of Success: Custom Fireside stocks best-in-class fireplaces

YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Mitch Heller stands next to a five-hearth gas fireplace demonstration unit at Custom Fireside in Sacramento. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo Mitch Heller spent a good portion of a recent Friday on the road, running errands in preparation for customer appreciation barbecues celebrating Custom Fireside’s 50th anniversary. Those loyal customers — along with a wide selection of products and experienced sales and installation staff — are the secrets of success for this family-owned business, which boasts showrooms in Sacramento and Elk Grove and serves the retail and contractor markets in the greater Sacramento and Central valleys. Davis and Woodland, Heller said, are two of Custom Fireside’s best small markets, with plenty of residents who take pride in their homes and are looking for energy-saving products. “We really appreciate our customers over the years and we’ll be with them well into the future,” Heller said. Custom Fireside opened for business on Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento 50 years ago, making new and replacement fire...

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