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With more than 100 years of combined experience, Peak Ski and Snowboard Center's staff and technicians help outfit snow shredders and fine-tune gear to ensure optimal downhill dashes all winter. Techs prepare skis and snowboards for slick snow carving with smoothing base grind and repair, full base and edge sharpening, and hot wax to keep skis from growing rugged mountain beards. A thorough deburring ensures riders' edges have a better grip to deftly maneuver through hairpin turns and snow-spraying stops. Clothing pros draw on personal snow-sporting experience to bedeck shoppers with a variety of slope-set apparel and accessories, including insulated gloves from Scott and Candy Grind ($29.99+), jackets and pants from Descente and Quicksilver, and accessories from Skullcandy and NXTZ ($10+).

6050 Route 8
Bakerstown,
PA
US

Owl Cleaners accommodates dry-cleaning needs for on-the-go customers with a range of clothing freshening. Impress a job interviewer with freshly pressed getup rather than rapid-fire knock-knock jokes by laundering wrinkled dress pants ($8.78), a button-down shirt ($3.09), or a two-piece suit ($16.75). For domestic deterging, deft bedding de-blotchers aerate double bedspreads ($31.45) and double comforters ($31.44). Short dresses ($16.76 each) or plain long gowns ($35.64 each) fix up for a night on the town, and smoke- and fire-damage restoration services can erase evidence of attempts to court firemen. Dry-cleaning orders enjoy free pickup and delivery, as do laundry orders with at least a quintet of shirts. Owl Cleaners delights in providing a quote for any uncommon or uncommonly smudged article in need of special care.

3618 William Flynn Hwy
Allison Park,
PA
US

SteelTown Paintball Park embraces competition with a Sup'Air speedball field and 11-balls-per-second Envy paintball markers. Its mirrored field encourages strategizing and modest primping among teams, and often games can become up-close-and-personal affairs after tickling becomes the only true means to attain victory. The turf field also hosts competitive events, ranging from national USPA matches to local-level tourney play. Recreational players need not feel intimidated, however, as the referees ensure fair matches with equal teams.

3458 Harts Run Rd
Glenshaw,
PA
US

Though board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Jeneby specializes in transforming patients' appearances, his own face may look very familiar. The diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery has shared his extensive knowledge of both adult and pediatric plastic-surgery procedures with stations such as ABC News and KENS 5, and he was named one of the best area plastic surgeons by S.A. Scene. Dr. Jeneby also offers expertise as a national trainer on topics such as Lipotherme, SmartLipo body sculpting, and DOT therapy laser skin resurfacing.

At the equally acclaimed Plastic & Cosmetic Center, Dr. Jeneby and his staff perform surgical and noninvasive procedures ranging from rhinoplasties to SmoothShapes laser cellulite treatments. The facility houses a convenient onsite lab for blood draws and a concierge room where family members can watch television or their own DVDs from home. Clients can head upstairs to Spa Black to be treated with lasers that remove unwanted hair, banish pigmented lesions, or read barcode versions of Shakespeare.

11279 Perry Hwy
Wexford,
PA
US

Wild Birds Unlimited stocks a wide variety of supplies to please serious hobbyists and ornithological amateurs alike. Based on more than 30 years of research, their cache of supplies is designed to please and attract flocks of all forms, with types of birdseed specially formulated to the season that feature 100% edible seeds. They also carry high-quality feeding equipment, birdbaths, and viewing gear such as binoculars and books on various species and their native regions.

12019 Perry Hwy
Wexford,
PA
US

Liquid Crystals and LCDs: How Cell Phones Resemble Carrots

A smartphone's tiny screen relies on the strange properties of liquid crystals. Check out Groupon's study of LCDs to learn how they create the vivid pictures in your pocket.

The term liquid crystal seems a contradiction, but a liquid crystal is actually neither a liquid nor a solid?it's both, stuck in a sort of chemical limbo with its molecules somewhere between the liquid and solid phases. When an electrical current passes through a liquid crystal, its molecular orientation changes, and so does the direction of light that passes through it. By sandwiching these crystals between polarized glass and manipulating the current passing through them, your phone is able to control the light they channel, resulting in the high-contrast images that appear on screen. Although our brains only see each pixel as a single dot, each consists of red, blue, and green subpixels that, when lit at various intensities, can emit more than 16 million colors.

Despite their advanced applications, liquid crystals are not a recent discovery. They were first identified in the late 19th century by a scientist studying cholesterol extracted from carrots?a natural source of liquid crystals, as are human beings and most other living things, which tend to have them in their cell membranes. Liquid crystals and LCDs were the subject of research and patent applications throughout the early 20th century?including one filed by Marconi?s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1936?and finally hit consumer electronics in the early 1970s, when they were introduced in wristwatches.

10475 Perry Highway Ste 102G
Wexford,
PA
US