Specialised loads need specialised methods of attaching them to the lifting system. Julian Champkin looks at

Specialised loads need specialised methods of attaching them to the lifting system. Julian Champkin looks at below-the-hook lifting devices. lifting device is a rope that goes up and down with a hook on the end of it. At least, that is what it used to be. These days, the hooks are often replaced with or augmented by a variety of specialised devices that attach the load to the rope. They can be powered or passive, magnetic, or vacuumpowered, or shaped to carry a specific load that may not have a lift-point for a hook; they can be attached, and released, by hand, or remotely, or automatically; some are hightech, some are basic. New offerings appear frequently, and old offerings are redesigned and renewed. Here are some of the more recent and interesting developments. Rotating loads to positions where they can be worked on more easily is usually done by placing them into rotating frames, specially designed for each load. Wisconsin-based Bushman Equipment have a much simpler and more flexible device, called the Flip-rite. The load, no matter how big, is simply suspended by two slings. Each sling is supported not by a hook but by an electrically-powered small-diameter roller; the tw...

The two-day Groundswell event took place in Hertfordshire last week and offered no-till growers the chance

The two-day Groundswell event took place in Hertfordshire last week and offered no-till growers the chance to see 12 drills sowing into the same cover crop. A majority of the no-till manufacturers were present, including the newest offering from Spanish firm Virkar, with its Dynamic drill and Kuhn’s return to the no-till fold with its Aurock. One brand synonymous with the no-till revolution is Cross Slot and UK manufacturer Primewest, which incorporates the Kiwi technology into its drills. Warwickshire-based Primewest has been making its own direct drills since 2013 and although its products come with a relatively hefty price-tag, they are well-built and are sold as a “long-term” investment. Although most no-till drill makers claim their drills will plant into any situation, there is no arguing that the Cross Slot can deal with huge amounts of residue due to its opener design. Opener assemblyA 22in vertical disc cuts through residue and creates a slot, and two L-shaped coulters either side of the disc slice a horizontal shelf for seed and fertiliser placement. Up to 450kg of hydraulic pressure can be applied to each opener to keep an accurate seeding depth, and its Auto Down Fo...

Sloth Alert: The St. Louis Aquarium Will Have a Sloth Encounter

I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and saw that my friend Tara Groves shared a social media post from some random website called Sloth of the Day.  Well, according to SlothOfTheDay.com, the St. Louis Aquarium is going to be home to a sloth. Now, I did a quick search online to see if I could verify this information.  There’s good news!!  I did find mention of a sloth in a preview article shared by FamilyVacationsUs.com. According to that article, “Guests will also have the chance to get up close and personal with a sloth who will be in the main floor area, with a handler of course!” And, even more exciting, I found mention of the sloth in the “Galleries” section on the St. Louis Aquarium’s official website!!  According to the aquarium, you can “meet a sleepy sloth or a curious owl.”  Sign me up for both.  But I want to cuddle with the sloth. I am so pumped about this.  Normally, I don’t like lazy creatures of any kind, but the sloths are so flippin’ cute. General Admission tickets for the St. Louis Aquarium are on sale now online.  Adult tickets are $25.  Children 3 to 12 are $18.  The St. Louis Aquarium is s...

Pretreatment with β-Boswellic Acid Improves Blood Stasis Induced Endothelial Dysfunction: Role of eNOS Activation

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript. Vascular endothelial cells play an important role in modulating anti-thrombus and maintaining the natural function of vascular by secreting many active substances. β-boswellic acid (β-BA) is an active triterpenoid compound from the extract of boswellia serrate. In this study, it is demonstrated that β-BA ameliorates plasma coagulation parameters, protects endothelium from blood stasis induced injury and prevents blood stasis induced impairment of endothelium-dependent vasodilatation. Moreover, it is found that β-BA significantly increases nitric oxide (NO) and cyclic guanosine 3’, 5’-monophosphate (cGMP) levels in carotid aortas of blood stasis rats. To stimulate blood stasis-like conditions in vitro, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were exposed to transient oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD). Treatment of β-BA significantly increase...

4 CAD Software Programs Ideal for 3 Axis CNC Machine Operators

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Thailand is a country rich in culture, history and experiences. From sleeping with elephants underneath a

Thailand is a country rich in culture, history and experiences. From sleeping with elephants underneath a starlit sky to attending the magical Yee Peng lantern festival to eating your way through the culinary wonders of Bangkok, here are seven extreme experiences to enjoy in Thailand.Photo Credit: Anantara Golden Triangle If there’s anything more awe-inspiring then walking side by side with a 6-ton elephant, we haven’t experienced it. That’s the kind of experience you’ll have at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, a stunning, 160-acre, five-star property tucked into the jungles of Chiang Rai. When staying here, soak up every minute by booking the ‘Discovery’ package, which will provide a 360-experiential luxury escapade and all the affluent amenities you can imagine. Guests who choose this adventure who receive return transfers by luxury limousine to Chiang Rai Airport (or a four-house drive by private Mercedes-Benz from Chiang Mai—with its own Wi-Fi, of course), a VIP Regal Elephant Arrival, which includes collection from the airport and a traditional longtail boat on the Mekong River, before venturing down the Ruak River to dock at Anantara’s private jetty, co...

Processing technology can be used to overcome shortcomings in both PET and mixed plastics, according to

Processing technology can be used to overcome shortcomings in both PET and mixed plastics, according to two plastics recycling professionals. During the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, experts took to the stage to share various recycled plastic material insights. Alan Barcon of PolyOne Corporation and Alfredo Faubel of Athyron LLC presented during a session titled “Getting Technical Across Materials.” They talked about optimizing the use of RPET by mitigating the polymer’s shortcomings, as well as creating a desirable product from generally undesirable scrap plastics. Barcon, associate director of marketing and technology for additive manufacturer PolyOne, explored strategies for mitigating certain failings of PET without inhibiting its recyclability. Barcon praised PET as a “fantastic plastic,” but he noted that it “does have some inherent shortcomings,” depending on the use. For example, oxygen can penetrate the wall of a PET package, he explained. This isn’t a major issue if the PET is used in a water bottle, but if it is holding a dairy product or fruit, it is “definitely a problem,” because those products contain oxidizable nutrients. Additionally, PET a...

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Designing With Stainless Steel: Bioclimatic hybrid façades

By Catherine Houska, CSIAn international design revolution is incorporating both traditional and new concepts to create bioclimatic sustainable architecture. Building energy reduction is a key goal for new and renovation projects designed to these principles, but it must be balanced against occupant well-being and the desire for fresh air and natural light. Exterior walls are being transformed from relatively simple climate defensive mechanisms to more active membranes. Innovative hybrid second-skin designs incorporating shading systems are being used on award-winning projects around the world, and these concepts could be applied to a much broader range of buildings. (This author would like to acknowledge the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) and the Nickel Institute for its assistance in the preparation of this article). Lifecycle assessments (LCAs) that consider materials’ longevity are important because these exterior elements must withstand potentially corrosive environments with minimal or no maintenance. This can make stainless steel a logical choice for a multitude of demanding exterior applications. Bioclimatic architecture refers to designing buildings and spa...

From space-age teardrops to retro-inspired trailers, this year was big for campers here at Curbed. We

From space-age teardrops to retro-inspired trailers, this year was big for campers here at Curbed. We reported on dozens of fun, interesting RVs and delved into must-read topics like RV repairs, what you need to know before buying a camper van, and why so many RVs have the same boring, swoopy graphics. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group. We also continued our service-oriented content with new gear guides, RV class-type explainers, and stories that detail which vans, conversion kits, and trailers are the top choices to buy. To celebrate the end of a camper-filled year, we’re looking back at some of our favorite RVs of 2019. Today’s highlight: travel trailers. They range in size, price, and style, but all of our picks wowed readers and sparked conversation in our Facebook camper group. From a futuristic teardrop to our review of a transforming trailer with retro vibes, here are the ten best trailers we reported on this year. This 40-foot Airstream was renovated and restored by Colorado-based Timeless Travel Trailers with midcentury design in mind. Only five 40-foot Airstream trailers are in public possession, and this one is a beauty. A wide center aisle wel...

If chopping, slicing, blending, mixing and whisking aren’t exactly your favourite parts of the cooking process,

If chopping, slicing, blending, mixing and whisking aren’t exactly your favourite parts of the cooking process, it may be time to invest in a food processor to do all the prep work for you. But it needs to be a good one. Despite all their promises – making fast and easy work of finely sliced carrots, creamy mayonnaise or perfectly whisked egg-whites and so on – the reality with many food processors is often very different. So we’ve gone on a mission to find out the food processors that really do what they promise – and well. Don’t assume the more expensive, the better. We were blown away by some of the cheaper machines, which in some cases are better suited to your needs – for example, if you have a smaller household. And you might not need all the attachments of more comprehensive machines – you’ll pay top notch for them, only for them to collect dust in a cupboard. That said, there are some very high priced machines in our roundup that are a dream-come-true for keen cooks – almost providing you with your very own sous chef. Take note of the size of the feeding tube; capacity and number of bowls (many come with a mini bowl too); how powerful the machine is; the noise levels; ov...

If the current Administration of the United States has their way, humans will return to the

If the current Administration of the United States has their way, humans will return to the surface of the Moon far sooner than many had expected. But even if NASA can’t meet the aggressive timeline they’ve been given by the White House, it seems inevitable that there will be fresh boot prints on the lunar surface within the coming decades. Between commercial operators and international competition, we’re seeing the dawn of a New Space Race, with the ultimate goal being the long-term habitation of our nearest celestial neighbor. But even with modern technology, it won’t be easy, and it certainly won’t be cheap. While commercial companies such as SpaceX have significantly reduced the cost of delivering payloads to the Moon, we’ll still need every advantage to ensure the economical viability of a lunar outpost. One approach is in situ resource utilization, where instead of transporting everything from Earth, locally sourced materials are used wherever possible. This technique would not only be useful on the Moon, but many believe it will be absolutely necessary if we’re to have any chance of sending a human mission to Mars. One of the most interesting applications of this concept ...

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