By: Elizabeth M Young
Thermal pollution is generally defined as the discharge of heated water into aquatic biomes. But thermal pollution also covers releases of colder than normal water into the aquatic biomes. The general effect is to raise or lower the temperature of the aquatic biome in ways...
Proposals to stop global warming
By: Edwin Rydberg
Human-moderated climate change is true, but what's the way forward? It's hard to imagine that anyone doubts human-moderated climate change is a reality. Despite attacks by 'skeptics' (in quotations because a skeptic is usually considered to be someone who looks at the data objectively, but...
How the Chile earthquake changed the earth's axis
By: A.W. Berry
The Chilean earthquake could have changed the earth's axis if the quake caused movement of the Earth's mass inward. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this is influenced if not caused by the interaction of two tectonic plates, separate masses of the earth's crust...
Why people should care about sustainability
By: Jim Reynolds
Electricity Electricity drives our modern lifestyle. It always surprises me how few people understand where electricity comes from and how it is generated. There are two fundamental ways to generate electricity. One of these, photovoltaic cells, is still in its infancy. It converts sunlight directly...
By: Elizabeth M Young
A superconductor is defined as "An element, inter-metallic alloy, or compound that will conduct electricity without resistance below a certain temperature." 1 The idea is that resistance causes energy that is flowing through the material to be lost. The theory is that electrical current...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The rare earth metals are actually not always that rare! Some of the rare earth metals are among the most abundant in the earth's crust. They are often incredibly difficult to extract, however. There are fifteen rare earth metals that reside on the periodic table...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Rare earth metals, or lanthanoids, have special properties, such as catalytic, chemical, electrical, metallurgical, nuclear, magnetic or optical, making rare earth metals valuable for application in an ever increasing host of advanced technological functions. The magnetic lanthanoids are used in everything from mag lev trains...
By: Suzanne Rose
As water goes down the drain, so does your money. Many people use a lot more water than they need. There are many different techniques that you can employ in order to save water, and many of these are very easy and do not take...
All you need to know about earthquakes
By: Connie Earl Robertson
Earthquakes are one of the scariest natural disasters that a person can experience. It starts with hard shaking, and many times the shaking is accompanied by a loud sound that is comparable to a large truck flying down the road. There is nothing secure, everything...
The anatomy of an ocean wave
By: Bill Georato
With summertime quickly coming upon us in the Northeast, thoughts will soon turn toward the beach. There are many beach and ocean activities we will be starting to prepare for—boating, swimming and surfing among them—and all have an important factor to think about:...

 

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