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first_imgPhoto used with permission of Argonaut CyclesBen Farver has an origin story in two parts. He started Argonaut as a steel custom frame outfit, first with TIG welded frames, then brazed frames. Despite early recognition of his work in steel, Ben made a sudden move away from the material to carbon only a few years into forming his brand. From the perspective of many who labor in metal, it was a polarizing move leaving many feeling like he was dismissing the material that they love.But for Ben, this could not be further from the truth. Steel, in his mind, would never be able to give him the depth of control over the design and feel of the bike, and it would never allow him to make the contribution to the industry he wanted to make – not like carbon could.In this phone interview, Ben discusses the initial journey into frame building, as well as his drive to accomplish the deeper level of personalization and material performance that compelled him to create his new approach to custom carbon frame fabrication…BIKERUMOR: How did you get into bikes?BEN: I grew up mountain biking in Aspen. I had a Gary Fisher Paragon aluminum frame and the summers I moved back to Iowa to stay with my parents. That’s when I worked at Iowa Bike & Fitness and got super geeky into it. Spent all the money that I made building up an Ibis Mojo with the Manitou fork with the carbon crown and 3cm of travel. I still have that bike. That was really my first kind of foray into really understanding how different bikes rode. The old aluminum Paragon was so harsh and jarring. Going to the Ibis Mojo was such a different experience mountain biking.That was really where I got into biking and riding steel bikes. And then I really took a hiatus from being a bike nerd for a while after high school. I went to college in San Diego and got a degree in History and was surfing a ton. After college, I got into metal sculptural welding, essentially. I took some classes at a local community college and just got really into metal working.Photo by Derek YarraBIKERUMOR: So you have these experiences. When does this transfer over to bikes?BEN: At that time, my wife and I moved to Portland. I was riding road bikes. I guess that was 2006. I had a fixed gear, you know, just sort of one of those. All the things in the universe kind of started to absorb into the frame building bicycle culture in Portland. I got turned on to custom frame building and as I was getting into metalwork, I was like oh man, this is awesome, this is what I want to do. I was super inspired by Tony Pereira, Ira Ryan, Sacha White… all these Portland bike builders. And I decided that that is what I wanted to do.So I went and took a frame building class from Steve Garn who used to make BREW bikes in North Carolina. He taught me how to TIG weld steel frames. I came back to Portland and I rented a small shop and bought a Bridgeport and an old Miller TIG welder and basically went after it. I started TIG welding, TIG welded a few frames, figured out that my bead would never be as good as Jeremy Sycip or any of those really high end custom TIG welders, and I started brazing and found that I really liked and preferred brazing over TIG welding.BIKERUMOR: Are you talking lugs? Or fillet brazing?BEN: Both. I just started building bikes for myself and my buddies and really enjoyed it and had a hand in it. I started getting really proud of the stuff I was putting out. I had a little shop in Northeast Portland on Martin Luther King, and that’s kind of where Argonaut started in late 2007, early 2008. Built bikes for friends at a discount, then started charging more, then selling bikes to people I didn’t know, and as the progression goes with most custom frame builders, that’s really how I started.An early steel bike. Photo used with permission of Argonaut CyclesI didn’t really start progressing or getting to the point where I was doing something kind of unique and interesting until I started working next to Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bikes. He and I had become friends and he asked me to come work in his space. That was really cool because up until that point I was getting by, but potentially, you know, doing so many things wrong. And he’s been building bikes since the early 70’s. He has this huge garage with a lathe and a couple of Bridgeports and just watching him make bikes and having him teach me how to really machine metal properly, you know, building a proper bicycle, really, is really where I felt like I was contributing something to the custom bike world rather than just faking it to make it, if that makes sense.BIKERUMOR: Well, you have to fake it to make it for awhile, right?BEN: Yeah! Exactly. Totally.BIKERUMOR: See, that’s interesting. You run into people or brands who are just making something to fit a price point or to just exist at all in the industry. Then you have these other people who are on a completely different level, who are like “I want to contribute to the dialogue of cycling,” and that was you very early on. That’s pretty unusual. What put you in that mindset so early?BEN: Well it’s – I figure it’s just a struggle for legitimacy, really. My class of frame builders in Portland at the time was really fad-driven in a lot of ways. You know? Be a bike nerd and wear tight pants and ride a fixed gear bike and make some frames. It was cool and it was authentic in the grass roots part of it. At the same time, there was so much sameness.There was a desire to transcend that sameness and be something and do something more than just the sort of “craft du jour” of the time. To me, that was understanding the history of bike building. That was understanding where things came from and then how to feel legitimate in that circle means contributing something new, and not just copying stuff that’s out there and rebranding it or repainting it or putting it in cool colors or making it all stainless. It was a desire to earn my place among my peer group.BIKERUMOR: Yeah, that’s interesting… I don’t think about that a lot with Portland as a context. I could see how that supersaturation could sort of drive you to look elsewhere.BEN: Totally. I think that at one point there were twenty builders in Portland.BIKERUMOR: There’s got to be more than that…BEN: There was a contraction for sure after the 2008, 2009 recession. Before that, it was insane.BIKERUMOR: So you’re building in steel and clearly, clearly you had an early epiphany moment about materials with your Ibis Mojo.BEN: Yeah, Exactly.BIKERUMOR: Did that at all influence your shift in materials? Because in early 2011, you kind of just shift. That’s when you start building in carbon.BEN: That was a time when I sort of took a step back and looked at my operation, what I was doing, and then also, my peers. That was the point where I had a backlog of customers to make frames. I was making them inefficiently. Like, okay, enough screwing around. Is this going to be a business? Or is this going to be a hobby? And taking that hard look, I figured out that was going to be really hard to make a viable business as a craft, one-off steel bike maker. The numbers, in any industry you look at your peers, who is the most successful one and how successful are they. In Portland, who is the most successful builder and arguably it’s Vanilla and Speedvagen. And that’s commendable and enviable business for sure, but it isn’t like Sacha is bringing home 250k a year.Photo used with permission of Argonaut CyclesI’m not saying I’m doing this to get rich. But at the same time, you become an adult and you go, am I going to have kids? Am I going to send my son to college? And it was very apparent to me that, you know, the one off custom steel model was not viable long term as a career choice. At the same time, and sort of conflicting with that, I was frustrated with the sameness of my bikes to all the other steel bikes out there. Even TIG welded bikes were all buying their tubes from True Temper, Columbus. Columbus Life… OS Platinum… same configuration stuff with slight variations under paint. When it comes down to it, you know, after all the hand-waving and custom geometry and tube set and configuration, there’s not all that much differentiation. I found myself not having a very clear argument over why you should buy an Argonaut over a Perrera or an Ira Ryan or the litany of other builders across the United States.It’s a shitty business model and my bikes are pretty similar to everything else – made me look to another material to make it work.BIKE RUMOR: That philosophy – was it something you had along before entering it? Was it a sentiment that you developed or was it something you strived for off the bat? Did you strive to make your steel bikes an exception and hit this wall? Or were you just not seeing the opportunity in the material – like, it wasn’t a big enough jump for you?Photo used with permission of Argonaut CyclesBEN: I was motivated by the race-style road market. That was really my niche in custom steel building – and ‘cross. When you get into that more performance focused, that weight focused – for me, bending tubes or hand-carved lugs or doing a custom set of butted tubing even from Columbus – it didn’t quite get me all the way there because I also wanted to be able to argue my race style road bikes and be able to argue their validity against production race bikes, essentially production carbon race bikes.I felt that I could argue my bikes over other custom steel bikes and my fabrication mode and welding methods and my tubeset choice and geometry choices. But then when it really came down to it, going into River City and plopping down an S3 fillet bike against the new Venge or something, it’s a lot more difficult argument to make. And that’s where I also started to get frustrated.BIKERUMOR: Sure. Totally get that. So why carbon? You jumped completely out of metal. Completely.BEN: I had sort of successful and failed design ventures. Like I started to venture more into stainless stuff. Like silver brazing with stainless 953 as a way to explore different materials. Nobody was really doing much of it, so I sent some frames to fatigue testing and found that stainless is extremely unforgiving, that the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.I got in touch with Rob Vandermark who was a huge resource for me at that point at Seven and chatted to me about some of the testing that they were doing. He basically said it’s kind of not worth it for the headache. And at the same time I started doing more, I got into heavier dropout design. On a steel bike, that’s one of the ways where you can focus and drive innovation in terms of both materials and aesthetics and usability.BIKERUMOR: It’s the easy way to differentiate your stuff from everything else.BEN: But that was super fun for me. I got into figuring out how you can do it with machine parts. Incorporating different kinds of metals. We came out with that two part dropout system with the titanium inserts. Being able to run single speed, geared. Horizontal and vertical dropouts for cross I thought was really cool. So that was, from a design standpoint, a really successful foray.Photo used with permission of Argonaut CyclesDropout design, that innovation, I was super stoked on those and I was like, I can come up with new stuff and innovate and make it and it can work, potentially. So those two things at the same time where I had this sort of thirst and desire to innovate and design and have more control over the full fabrication of the frame and at some point along the way a sort of lightbulb went off for carbon and composites. There is way more ability to do that on a small scale more one-off basis than there is with steel because it’s much more sort of like, it’s just newer, you know? There’s not as many people doing it. You can, what I started to learn about was different layup patterns for different tubes for the bike. The anisotropic properties of carbon versus metal. The more I looked into it, the more excited I got.BIKERUMOR: It’s a “choose your own adventure” material. So coming from metal, there’s just so much negativity around carbon, especially in the community you were in. Did you run into it? How did you face it?BEN: Yeah, you know, I guess I didn’t really feel that negativity about it at the time because by that time I had sort of tired of the “steel is real” cliche and saw through it a little bit. People that I respected in the industry were those that were making stuff really well and weren’t necessarily that concerned about beating the steel drum. I don’t know. I didn’t really feel that much push back, or I didn’t care, or I think I had just sort of become, I wouldn’t say disillusioned… the artist-in-steel craft just wasn’t as shiny for me as when I started out, you know? The realism of that industry and seeing people that had been in that side of the industry for 20 or 30 years, both in Washington and Oregon and across the country, made me a lot more realistic about the whole thing and not care as much.BIKERUMOR: So it sounds you were all about the forward momentum, rather than being sentimental of the material or bummed about its limitations. Like, carbon is the next thing, this is how I can do my high performance product.BEN: Totally. It was, “I think I can make this mine. I think I can contribute something new and innovative where other people haven’t… and what I’m not able to do with steel.”BIKERUMOR: Fantastic. So how do you even get started with that?BEN: Right?BIKERUMOR: So you call up ENVE and go, “Send me some tubes, bro?”BEN: Yeah!BIKERUMOR: Really?BEN: Yeah! At that time, there were a few other custom builders that had ventured into carbon. One of which was Carl Strong. Another was John Slawta. And also Indy Fab with their Corvid. Your question is exactly right. So I want to make custom carbon bikes… how do I start?BIKERUMOR: You need your tube kit.BEN: Exactly. I looked at that. There are sort of off the shelf kits you can get from Columbus and Dedacci of custom tube sets. But I very quickly saw, in looking at Carl Strong and John Slawta in how they were buying tubes from ENVE or Dedacci, of all of a sudden being in the same situation I was in with steel but with carbon, you know? Like, buying tube sets, picking the right ones. Getting the fabrication down, then selling a different version of the Strong or the Slawta or the Crumpton, essentially, you know?I figured out that the opportunity was to make custom, bladder molded or monocoque-style frames. And I decided that that was the opportunity to make something new that nobody else was doing, and also had a lot more barriers to entry and also had a lot more control over how the bike rode. I had a lot of conversations with ENVE and the engineers there, and sort of had a handshake agreement that we would do a similar project that they did with Indy Fab on the Corvid.So I started going through design options and at that point Aaron Hayes of Courage bikes in Portland is a good friend of mine, and he has a really good industrial design background and so he was helping with a lot of surface modeling to sort of figure out how do you figure out this puzzle of making molded-style frame assemblies, complete bottom brackets and top and downtube and seat tube pieces. Like the larger production companies do, but not in an overly capital intensive way, where you’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on one size, which is the key piece of the puzzle.So as the progression went, I got so far with ENVE and went out and saw them in Utah and it turned out that they had a pretty big engineering hangover from the Corvid project with Indy Fab, and they were sort of like, “that was a lot of work…”BIKERUMOR: “We’re not stoked anymore.”BEN: Yeah, you know, and I come along, like “hey guys! I want to do that too!” And at one point they essentially stopped answering my phone calls. So this was like an 18 month process from when I said, “Hey, I want to make carbon bikes,” and seeing the DIY options out there, deciding I didn’t want to do those…BIKERUMOR: No bamboo, huh?BEN: Yeah… that’s a whole other thing. And, you know, sort of, if I’m going to do this, I talked myself out of continuing to make steel bikes. I felt like that shift – there wasn’t really anything for me there. If I was going to make carbon bikes, this is what I wanted to do. This is what I wanted to try to accomplish. ENVE wasn’t going to do it. I was flailing in a lot of ways. Like, shit man, should I go back to school? Should I go figure out something else to do, you know? I was at this weird spot where the frame parts, how I wanted to go about making a high-end carbon bike. Small shops – they didn’t have the technological capabilities to build what I wanted. And then the bigger composite shops that did are all too busy making stuff for aerospace to even want to talk to a bike maker. So I was in this non-space.BIKERUMOR: If you were walking around talking about to this stuff to people, like to friends, you must have sounded like a crazy person. Like, oh, he wants to reinvent the carbon bicycle, take it to a whole other level technically but also make it custom per rider… but with low-cost tooling. Like, okay, that’s interesting.BEN: Good luck with all of that!BIKERUMOR: You’re going to do this thing that no one else, not even the experts, has figured out yet. And you’re going to have magic money for this. This is hysterical. So what the point where you were like, “I’m actually going to do this crazy thing?”BEN: It was funny because I got tagged on some weird design challenge, the Oregon Manifest design challenge a few years ago in Portland, where they teamed up some bike builders with college design classes, essentially a virtual bike build off. I was on this panel for the University of Oregon Engineering team, and they were looking at Dave Levy and I as consultants. Dave Levy and I would go there every couple of weeks and help these college kids out. He and I would get to chatting and we’d have beers or see each other and I would give him updates on what I’m working on.BIKERUMOR: And he’s like, “you’re a crazy person.”BEN: Yeah! But he was like, “You should talk to my friend Steve who I race cars with. He’s got a composite company in White Salmon, Washington.”I was like, okay! Sweet! Give me his contact information. At this point, it was kind of a last ditch effort, so I wrote Steve an email at Innovative Composites, his company, sort of very high level talking about what I wanted to do. About a week later, he got back to me and he was, “Actually, we’ve made composites up for other companies like Indy Fab before and it sounds like a cool project. Why don’t you come out and we’ll talk about it.”So went up to White Salmon and sat down with the guys at Innovative Composites and got to know Steve, and it was just kind of total luck it worked out that way because their shop is that shop that makes stuff for Boeing and oil and gas and Baker Hughes and all these huge companies, but they are total bike nerds. The owner raced competitively in college and then they actually helped Guru with a whole bunch of their original frame tooling when they started out. He sort of had a concept in his head about how he wanted to go about building a carbon bike too, and that’s sort of how the whole thing started. It’s my relationship with Steve and what he was trying to accomplish and his expertise in composite molding and how I wanted to approach the carbon market and marry this sort of unmarriable custom molded carbon bike frames, you know?It went from beers and napkin sketches to the whole thing. And back to my relationship with ICE, their composite engineering expertise and wherewithal was the missing key to the whole thing. Once we put that piece of the puzzle in there, it all sort of falls together.BIKERUMOR: So that’s the story up until carbon… wow. It’s interesting to figure out how to set this up, but you’re at production now… what are the volumes for Argonaut?BEN: Last year we did 60 bikes. This year, we’re hoping to do 100. And 200 is kind of my production goal where I’m able to still concentrate on giving individual customers enough attention, but have some economy of scale to do fun stuff with. To grow, to reinvest in innovation and improve the product, but at the same time, I don’t have all this overhead weighing me down all the time. That’s kind of the ideal.BIKERUMOR: The sweet spot.BEN: From the get go my goal has always been very singular: to make the best road bike on the market. So what is that? It’s custom to the individual rider so they get exactly what they want. And it’s carbon because that’s I think the best material for making high-end race-style performance bikes out of, and it’s also made in a way that carbon should be made. It’s molded in aluminum molds with inflatable bladders, controlling wall thickness, controlling layup pattern- it’s made in the best way possible. Everything that I’m doing is around that singular goal of making the best road bike on the market.BIKERUMOR: How much time do you, personally, spend with your hands on a bike that goes through your operation? You’re not gluing, assembling the frame anymore. You were for a time, right?Photo by Above CategoryBEN: Yeah. I worked alone for almost ten years. Listened to a lot of podcasts. And then, about two years ago, I hired Boone, who is doing the frame building for me full time. He came from Cielo before me, he was working steel fabrication there. He was at Zen Bike Fab doing aluminum stuff. So he’s been building bikes forever. He’s doing all the actual frame assembly. All the individual frame parts are made up in White Salmon, Washington. We just set up a frame booth in-house here, so we’re going to paint our NAHBS bikes here.Right now, my job is basically sales, marketing, and design. I work with each one of the customers to define their geometry and layup pattern. I submit PO’s to Innovative Composites specing the individual frame parts that need to be made and the layup pattern of those parts. They are made there. We get frames in sub-assemblies of seven pieces. We prep and bond the pieces here in-house and then paint and ship the frames.BIKERUMOR: So essentially you’re designing custom kit bikes.BEN: Right.BIKERUMOR: Submitting the kit design, and it pops out from Innovative Composites on the other end.BEN: At ICE we made all of our own frame tooling, so it’s essentially a set of adjustable frame tooling where the entry angle between the seat tube and the downtube, the head tube length – essentially all the frame angles are resolved inside the tube. They are all made essentially in the longest length, but a different layup pattern. Each frame is designed in 3D CAD before it goes into production, and that 3D CAD model is sort of the guide for the geometry of the bike, and the layup pattern is specific to the rider.Photo by Brian VernorBIKERUMOR: Sure, so you talk about making things custom to the rider, and that’s not just geometry for you. You have an opportunity to tune the material ride experience. What goes into that?BEN: So we look at, for each part of the bike, two and three sets of data points. We look at torsional stiffness, bending stiffness, bending stiffness in two directions – horizontal and vertical. For the downtube, for example, we’ll look at torsional stiffness and vertical bending at a rider’s given size and weight. So I want the bike to respond to twisting forces, pedaling forces, proportionate to the amount of power they want to put into it. And this is where my background in steel and my own sort of ideas on how a really great bike should ride comes in. I think that most production level bikes are over-built, are too stiff for the vast majority of people who ride them.BIKERUMOR: Well, they have to be, right?BEN: They sort of have to be as stiff as the highest common denominator.BIKERUMOR: Or the worst rider.BEN: Right. Women – it’s a great example. A woman buying a bike who is 115, 120 pounds who can put out a decent amount of power for her weight, which is maybe a functional threshold power of 280 watts, 3 minute power of 275 watts. At 115 pounds, they are flying along. But the torsional forces they are putting through the bottom half of the bike, they are just much lower than someone who is 170 who can put out 400 watts over 3 minutes. By being able to reduce torsional bending values in the bike, I’m able to give this lighter rider a really great, lively, dynamic feeling bike. And at the same time, for the bigger guys, I can make that same bike appropriately stiff so that when they step on it, it does the appropriate thing as well.And that’s what I sort of figured out early on, where the real value in a custom bike that somebody gets isn’t so much how it fits because fit is kind of easy and it’s also dynamic. Your fit changes over time and getting a bike that fits properly isn’t that hard. Getting a bike to handle properly for you and feel good, it harder to do. That’s something that I feel I can do really well with the medium I have at my disposal.BIKERUMOR: That’s super exciting. Small, lighter riders… women get the shaft.BEN: Totally!BIKERUMOR: You talk about how steel as a background has been advantageous for ride-tuning. How else has that been advantageous for you to have that background? You have taken this serpentine route through all these other materials. What is the value of that path?BEN: Building my own and riding steel bikes over the years has given me the sense for, and this is arguable and where it gets a little touchy feely… I’ve had transcendent experiences on steel bikes that I’ve made. Like, this thing that’s under me is doing these amazing things beyond what you can really perceive it doing in the here and now. You know, like where you have like a $15 bottle of wine and a $200 bottle of wine – there is something going on in that $200 bottle of wine that’s exceptional. And that is harder to replicate with carbon, even though it’s better suited to do so many things at the same time.So my approach to making carbon bikes is that I feel like I want it to do so much more and continually more, this search for this perfect riding bike, and that’s a lot of the reasons I moved to carbon from steel, like, this is a great steel bike, what’s the next level you can do? And there’s not really. With carbon, there are all these further levels because it’s not just carbon fiber, it’s a composite. It’s an assemblage of a few different materials and there’s always new materials coming out and new things you can do with those materials. And so I think it’s just that knowing that there’s even more out there than what we know now, and sort of that search for it to do something more than I get from steel, that kind of motivates me to keep trying and keep improving this thing.BIKERUMOR: So final question: so there is a kid at the show who wants to grow up to be the next Ben Farver, who has literally created this crazy unique niche for himself. What do you tell that kid who wants to be you when they grow up?BEN: That’s a good question. Just do not be afraid of “no” and don’t be afraid of picking up the phone and asking. So much of what I do now and continue to do comes from, I don’t know how to do that! Who knows how to do that? Okay, I’m going to call them up. Be like “Hi, I’m Ben, I do this. I’m trying to do this. What do you know about it?” Most of the time they’ll be like, “Fuck you,” like “I’ve got other things to do.” A lot of times, people are super open to talk about it and sharing their expertise and growing that way. Just understanding your limitations and understanding how little you know and not being afraid to ask people you think you might.ArgonautCycles.comlast_img read more

first_imgWhen Motl went down during the first weekend of the year, Smith, a freshman, made starts in center field.The team stresses the next-man-up mentality, but that’s been easier said than done at the catcher position.When Halloran got hurt, Athmann stepped in. When Athmann went down, Mark Tatera took the role.Athmann, who has since returned to the lineup, said earlier this month that it was frustrating to sit on the bench knowing he couldn’t help the team.Still, even with all the injuries, the Gophers have found viable alternatives.Smith said he thinks adaptability has been one of the team’s greatest strengths — a trait he said was also evident amid the numerous travel and schedule adjustments they needed to make at the beginning of the season.Now, as the Gophers seek a Big Ten tournament bid, they’re not focusing on the injuries.The Gophers sit eighth in the conference with a 6-9 record. The Big Ten tournament expanded this off-season to include eight teams, rather than the usual six. Minnesota would be in the field if the season ended Wednesday.There’s still work to be done, though, because the Gophers have nine conference games left, including three this weekend against Penn State.“We’re not going to use [injuries] as an excuse, but it’s reality,” Anderson. “It’s an honest perspective of what’s going on. The kids are going to finish up strong here. I trust they will.” Minnesota powers through slew of injuriesThe Gophers have sustained injuries to numerous key players this season. Daily File Photo, Mark VancleaveMinnesota catcher Matt Halloran celebrates with his team after hitting a two-run home run against Iowa on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Metrodome. Betsy HelfandApril 23, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMatt Halloran, Dan Motl, Ty McDevitt, Austin Athmann, Dan Olinger, to name a few — and now, starting shortstop Michael Handel.Injuries have ravaged the Gophers baseball team’s roster this season. During Saturday’s game, Handel pulled his hamstring, becoming the latest addition to the seemingly never-ending list of injured players.Though some players have returned from their early-season ailments, the team has spent most of the year working around the slew of injuries its players have faced.“You can’t lose your starting catcher and your starting shortstop and your starting center fielder [and] a key guy in your bullpen and expect that it’s going to go smoothly,” head coach John Anderson said.NCAA college baseball teams are allotted a maximum of 11.7 scholarships, making it tougher to find equivalent replacements for injured starters.“You don’t have the talent in your backups to replace those kinds of players, so we’re doing fine,” he said. “We’re piecing it together.”Minnesota, which lost its second consecutive series over the weekend, is 19-16 on the season despite the injuries.“In a lot of ways, we’re probably doing better than some people were thinking we could do,” Anderson said.The Gophers have had to shuffle players around all year, but the team has responded well for the most part.“We always emphasize the next man up, so if someone gets hurt, whoever’s playing in their position always has to be ready,” outfielder Jordan Smith said.last_img read more

first_imgLinkedIn The 28 odors make for 378 different pairs, each with a different level of similarity. This provides us with a 378-dimensional fingerprint. Using this highly sensitive tool, the scientists found that each person indeed has an individual unique pattern – an olfactory fingerprint.Could this finding extend to millions of people? The researchers say their computations show that 28 odors alone could be used to “fingerprint” some two million people, and just 34 odors would be enough to identify any of the seven billion individuals on the planet.The next stage of the research suggested that our olfactory fingerprint may tie in with another system of ours in which we all differ – the immune system. They found, for example, that an immune antigen called HLA, today used to assess matches for organ donation, is correlated with certain olfactory fingerprints. This part of the study was conducted together with Drs. Ron Loewenthal, and Nancy Agmon-Levin, and Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld, all of Sheba Medical Center.The researchers think that olfactory fingerprinting, in addition to helping identify individuals, could be developed into methods for the early detection of such diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and it could lead to non-invasive methods of initial screening as to whether bone marrow or organs from live donors are a good match. Pinterest Share on Twitter Sharecenter_img Email Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. The distribution of these receptors varies from person to person – so much so that each person’s sense of smell may be unique. In research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Weizmann Institute scientists report on a method of precisely characterizing an individual’s sense of smell, which they call an “olfactory fingerprint.”The implications of this study reach beyond the sense of smell alone, and range from olfactory fingerprint-based early diagnosis of degenerative brain disorders to a non-invasive test for matching donor organs.The method is based on how similar or different two odors are from one another. In the first stage of the experiment, volunteers were asked to rate 28 different smells according to 54 different descriptive words, for example, “lemony,” or “masculine.” The experiment, led by Dr. Lavi Secundo, together with Dr. Kobi Snitz and Kineret Weissler, all members of the lab of Prof. Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute’s Neurobiology Department, developed a complex, multidimensional mathematical formula for determining, based on the subjects’ ratings, how similar any two odors are to one another in the human sense of smell. The strength of this formula, according to Secundo, is that it does not require the subjects to agree on the use and applicability of any given verbal descriptor. Thus, the fingerprint is odor dependent but descriptor and language independent. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgJun 22, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – An informatics expert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today spoke with clinicians about possible public health connections to electronic medical records, which she said could have been useful during the H1N1 pandemic and might ease information flow during future public health events.The discussion follows recent federal investments to promote greater use of health information technology.In March, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the award of $162 million in economic stimulus funding designed to ease health information exchange and further health information technology (IT). The funding is part of a wider $2 billion effort to encourage more meaningful use of health IT and an electronic health record  (EHR) for every citizen by the year 2014, according to a Mar 15 HHS press release.In a clinicians conference call, Nedra Garrett, acting director of the CDC’s division of informatics practice, policy, and coordination, said recent health IT and EHR incentives present tremendous opportunities for public health. She said challenges are to connect public health alerts and guidance to relevant patient data in the EHR and to make sure systems have a meaningful impact on point-of-care practices, such as ordering lab tests and distributing educational information to patients.She said the CDC envisions working with other government agencies to employ other public health EHR-based IT applications such as food recalls and vaccine adverse event reporting.As an example of how the system would work, a patient presenting to a doctor’s office with flu symptoms such as cough, chills, and fever would generate an anonymous electronic patient profile containing the symptoms and the provider and patient’s zip code that transmit to a central alert repository, which would send the physician diagnosis, treatment, and prevention resources targeted to the patient.Garrett added that the anonymous patient profile could also include useful public health data such as the patient’s occupation or recent travel history.Having public health systems interface with EHR might be able to prevent clinicians from being bombarded during health emergencies, as they were during the H1N1 pandemic with multiple sources, some of which provided contradictory information.Garrett said clinicians will be most likely to find EHR-based public health alerts useful if they strike a balance of providing the most relevant information at the right time. She said an alert system would also likely include a severity scale to help clinicians gauge the urgency of the notices.Though the concept is still in its infancy, Garrett said the CDC has launched a small pilot program in an ambulatory setting. The CDC is collaborating with 10 providers of a GE Healthcare customer site in Chicago. The project is focusing on foodborne disease alerts, and Garrett said the CDC hopes to have preliminary findings by the end of the year.”Researchers can evaluate how often we need to trigger the alerts and how specific the information needs to be,” she said.During the question-and-answer part of the conference call, clinicians seemed eager to broaden the public health applications for EHR beyond just public health alerts to include functions such as surveillance and disease reporting. However, they also had concerns about local health and emergency medical service officials being included in the system, the scope of the information that the public health system might pull from medical records, and the interoperability between different EHR systems.Garrett said there are several complicated issues to sort out, such as making sure rules and governance issues are addressed. “We have more questions than answers, but we are moving in the right direction,” she said.See also:Mar 15 HHS press releaselast_img read more

first_imgGeorgi Iliev-Michaela predicts entry into the groups of the Europa League for his favorite CSKA.“Sirens is not a benchmark for CSKA. Then come the more serious obstacles. I have been repeating for years that international matches bring CSKA the image, the money and the opportunity to sell players – then they all watch. I predict a victory with at least two goals difference and we are still waiting for the draw “, Georgi Iliev told” Tema: Sport “.Antov becomes the youngest captain in the European history of CSKAThe young man continues to write history“CSKA has a great team, made a timely selection. This time it will skip the transplants and enter the groups. I am always optimistic and believe in the team, but the management still can not instill that faith in them. They have qualities, they need calm and well-being.Once you enter CSKA, you are the best! The owner takes out 12-13 million a year and there is no half an hour delay for the payments, there is nothing more to comment on, “said Michaela and pointed out that this composition of the” reds “can finally dethrone Ludogorets.The coach of Sirens: We lost a strong team, CSKA does not need a performance“The players are highly motivated and full of enthusiasm and courage to perform with dignity in this historic match for the club”“Maybe this is the best as a selection of CSKA in recent years. It would be difficult in Vratsa, but by the 15th minute we had to lead 4-0. I hope that CSKA this year will be competitive with Ludogorets. I see the potential. From now on only work from the management, hopefully they will acquire the mentality of CSKA.Plamen Markov has to deal more with football and the team, he is the only staff there who wears the army. He has to take on a bigger role and give them champion thinking. The team and the management go together, they are an integral part. In the championship, apart from first place, nothing else can be a priority for CSKA “, concluded Michaela.last_img read more

first_imgD’Tigress head coach Otis Hughley is impressed with the intensity and the spirit exhibited by his wards as preparation hots up for the final phase of the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.With all players already in camp, training commenced on Monday in the cold city of Belgrade and the current African Champions are leaving no stone unturned for a place in this year’ summer Olympics in Tokyo.Speaking at the end of their training on Tuesday, the team’s head coach, Otis Hughley commended the fighting spirit of the players who he said are hungry for a place in Tokyo 2020.“The girls are raring to go. Their fighting spirit is unparalleled as they always fighting for every ball and giving that extra push. The team spirit is also high in camp which is a good one for us as a team.”On the team’s training, Otis said’ “We are putting finishing touches to our tactics and running some plays. By Wednesday evening, we will be able to evaluate the team and know their level.”Grouped alongside Mozambique, USA and host-Serbia, the D’Tigress are aware of the task ahead and are determined to go all out when they start their qualifiers campaign against Mozambique on Thursday, 6th of February with the winner snatching one of the two automatic tickets on offer.D’Tigress will battle Serbia on Saturday, 8th of February at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, Belgrade before their last game against World Champions- USA on Sunday.Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, November 1, 2016•9:25 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of medication in the 100 block E. 15th, Wellington.•12:09 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•1:30 p.m. Officers investigated possession of certain stimulants by a known suspect in the 100 block E. 9th, Wellington.•1:38 p.m. Amy  A. Wood, 33, Wellington was arrested and confined for possession of certain stimulants.•1:38 p.m. Amy  A. Wood, 33, Wellington was arrested on a Wichita Parole Order to arrest and confined on detain warrant for violation of release conditions.•1:38 p.m. Officers took a report of found keys in the 100 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•2:28 p.m. Erin P. Russell, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 51 mph in a 35mph zone.•2:38 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity/dispute in the 500 block S. F, Wellington by known subjects.•Amy  A. Wood, 33, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•5 p.m. Linsey E. Norton, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 32 mph in a 20mph zone.•6:08 p.m. Officers took a report of making false information in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.•7 p.m. Officers took a report of a vicious animal and animal running at large in the 700 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgPSC Golf from The Billabong Golf BarMonday, May 30, Phoenix Gold – StablefordAfter a nice breakfast at the Billabong we set off for Phoenix, and with it being a cloudy day it wasn’t too hot and was just right for golf. Only a small field today with 4 groups playing. The course was in great condition as usual with greens nice, fast and true. We were away to a slightly early start and had the course to ourselves.From left, Jeff North, Lorenzo Ferrari and Kim ‘Nipper’ Truscott.George Barrie was the captain today and made a good fist of it, getting us all away in perfect order. The scores were quite good with George getting third place on a count back with 36 points but his 22 on the back nine was more than enough to beat Freddy Starbeck. Coming in second was Gerard Lambert with 38 points, he has been knocking on the door for a win for some time and today was the day, but taking line honours was Kim Truscott, alias ‘Nipper’, with 39 points on the card, his best ever score here at the Billabong. There were two ‘2’s, both coming from Gerard Lambert. Friday, June 3, Burapha – StablefordBurapha on a rainy day but luckily we didn’t get wet. A small shower greeted us as we were getting ready to tee off and there was a lot of thunder around but thankfully it blew over and it turned out to be a great day for golf. There were a few cancellations due to the weather but as is usual here it can be raining in Pattaya and fine from about 2 miles out of town. What started out as six groups turned into five but that was ok. Talk about a quick round of golf – we showered and were having a drink in 3¾ hours.The scores today were really good and we had a four-way count back for the minor placings all on 38 points, with Capt Bob and Chris Brendle missing out to Jeff North with a better back nine, while second place went to Mike Quill, also on 38 points. But the stand out winner on the day was Lorenzo Ferrari with a great 40 points.There were two ‘2’s, coming from Chris Brendle and ‘Nipper’ Truscott.Note: Don’t forget the up-coming charity golf day for children with special needs. It is being played at the Phoenix Golf course with a shotgun start 11.30 on Tuesday the 21st June. There will be Bloody Mary’s at the bar from 8.30 till we leave for the golf course, also dinner when we get back plus a charity auction and prizes galore. Give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar and put your name on the starting sheet.last_img read more

first_imgTwenty golfers ventured out to take on the challenge of Plutaluang North and West nines from the yellow tees.  The weather was on our side as the sun was out and a slight breeze kept the mercury down.The course was in tip-top condition and as usual it was busy with quite a lot of golfers enjoying not only the great playing conditions but also the very reasonable green fee.   The greens here have become a lot slicker than in the past and today they played reasonably true, considering the constant heavy traffic.  As per usual, the gnarly crabgrass lies took a toll on most of the field.Two flights catered to today’s numbers and in the A-Flight John Edwards took top spot on count back over the unlucky Keith Buchanan, both with 41 points each.  Coming in third and again getting through on count back was Denis Steele.B-Flight saw Frank Riley come up trumps yet again with 41 points while Tony Cook greeted the judges in second place and Cavin Kenyon completed the podium in third.From left: Eric Black, Frank Riley, Colm Lawlor and John Edwards. The Growling Swan Golf SocietyMonday, April 3, Plutaluang – Stableford Thursday, April 6, Crystal Bay – Stableford1st Colm Lawlor (15) 44pts2nd Peter Bailey (16) 42pts3rd John Edwards (16) 39pts4th JJ Harney (16) 39pts Fifteen eager souls headed up the highway on Thursday to play Crystal Bay (one of our favorite courses).  Today was a public holiday but we were able to negotiate a great price for our group.The weather looked as though we were in for a pleasant day for golf although the forecast was for rain throughout the region.  As per usual the course was in tip top condition, fairways gave some run and the greens were up to speed.  In other words Crystal bay was spot on! We attacked the course playing B & C nines (in that order) from the yellow tees.Colm Lawlor took first place with a sparkling round of 44 points, two ahead of Peter Bailey in second while John Edwards edged JJ Harney for third, both finishing with 39 points each. Near Pins: N3 JJ Harney, N6 Rod Weeks, W3 JJ Harney, W8 Rod Weeks.Long Putts: N9 Eric Black, W9 JJ Harney. B Flight (18 +)1st Frank Riley (23) 41pts2nd Tony Cook (27) 37pts3rd Cavin Kenyon (18) 35pts A Flight (0-17)1st John Edwards (16) 41pts2nd Keith Buchanan ((16) 41pts Near Pins: B4 Alex Field, B6 Mashi Kaneta, C4 John Edwards, C7 Rod WeekesLong Putts: B9 Lindsay Slender, C9 Roy Dayton 3rd Denis Steele (12) 38 ptslast_img read more