Overview: National Science Foundation
By: D. Vogt
The National Science Foundation is a U.S. federal agency created to provide support for non-medical scientific research. (Medical research is the responsibility of a sibling agency, the National Institutes of Health.) The National Science Foundation has existed since 1950, and now provides research...
How to change sea water into drinking water
By: D. Vogt
The process of changing sea water into drinking water involves removing unwanted salt, and is referred to as desalination. Desalination is used to produce water on some oceangoing surface ships and submarines, and is also used industrially on the shore to produce drinking water for...
How the BP Gulf oil spill may create killer hurricanes
By: D. Vogt
In more than one sense, the Gulf of Mexico was one of the worst places in the ocean to suffer a massive oil spill. Already beaches, fisheries, and conservation areas face devastation. However, as hurricane season approaches, yet another threat is becoming apparent: namely, what...
The different types of alloys
By: Jesse Vorton
The first alloys were made sometime during prehistoric times, perhaps soon after people first learned about metals. These alloys were made of metals that were bountiful and easy to melt, i.e. copper, lead, tin, and zinc. Bronze, being the first strong alloy, was probably...
Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion
By: Mario Carini
Summer is the chance to get outdoors, hit the beach to get in a tan, play some volleyball or frolic in the lake. But for the elderly and those with respiratory problems, the heat of summer is something to be avoided. While the children play...
Tips for saving water at home
By: Bobby Coles
Saving water at home is simple to do, and can save you lots of money if you find yourself spending too much on your water bills. There are many simple little things that you can do around your house to conserve water, and they are...
What is the difference between smog and fog?
By: Joseph Malek
It is true that both fog and smog kills living things. Fog kills living things when a fatal accident occurs as a result of those living things that do not see an approaching danger. That much is also true, in regard to what might happen...
What is biopiracy?
By: D. Vogt
Biopiracy is an informal term used to refer to current attempts by (usually) Western-based multinational corporations to identify, patent, and therefore effectively "own" traditional uses of plants and herbs, as well as heretofore unrealized properties of local plants, in poor and developing countries. This is...
Environmental consequences of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
By: Cary Key
This oil spill in the Gulf has had me scratching my head for weeks on end as to what can I do to help. I cannot volunteer to go there as I am handicapped. It also takes 10 weeks just to get certified to handle...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Ahh, the little decomposers are the tiny or microscopic beings that we generally love to hate or love to eat! From beetles, termites and wasps to fungi and molds, decomposers are the world's recycling and cleanup crew. They break down everything from fallen trees to...

 

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