Business People-Vermont write-up on RENOUN

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"A material that’s changed the way we ski ... and more to come Cyrus Schenck of Renoun Skis in Burlington took an idea he had while in a science class and turned it into a material that, when used in a ski, acts like a veritable shock absorber." Read full Business People Vermont's writeup by Chris Farnsworth here.  

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Mountain Magazine

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Originally from Mountain Online Interview by Sarah Tuff Dunn | Photographs by Joel Caldwell Inventor, Skier, Lego kid The inventor and Northern Vermonter built catapults as a child, and for a while studied engineering at Clarkson University, but he had his first triumph when he stumbled upon a non-Newtonian polymer named Hyper Damping Technology, or HDT. The polymer behaved a little like Silly Putty, but with a strange attribute of deadening vibration. Schenck theorized HDT could dampen chattery hardpack—if he could only get the stuff into a ski. Enter countless 18-hour days in a prototype lab, and summers washing windows to fundraise....

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Entrepreneur Magazine

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An excerpt form Entrepreneur's article on RENOUN ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE Interviews Founder Cyrus Schenck "In 2011, my five pals and I were driving home from one of our weekend ski trips in Vermont. We were engineering students at the time and used to throw out all kinds of ideas during those three-hour drives. On this one day, my friend Donny suggested building skis that were based on engineering principles and thus unequivocally better. We loved the challenge. Surely we could build a better ski. During my material sciences class, I learned about a rare class of soft materials that harden the instant...

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UNITED Airline Hemisphere Magazine

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A Silly Putty–Like Material Revolutionizes the Ski World Author Nicholas DeRenzo Illustration Jameson Simpson If you’ve ever played with Silly Putty or oobleck (that elementary-school science-class favorite made from cornstarch and water), you’ve experienced the bizarre world of non-Newtonian materials. Unlike the vast majority of substances found on Earth, these wacky fluids don’t follow Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Instead, applying force changes the behavior and perceived stiffness of the material. Think, for example, of the way Silly Putty can be either an oozy pool of goo or a bouncy ball,...

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