Jan
31
2009
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What is a map measurer?

Map Measurer (photo by ndrwfgg - CC-BY)A map measurer is also known as a map wheel, an opisometer, or a meliograph. It is used to measure the length of routes or features on a map. You use a map measurer by dragging the small wheel along the surface of the map, following carefully the path of the line that you wish [more...]

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Jan
30
2009
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How do you convert between degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius (Centigrade), and Kelvin?

Thermometer (photo by bucklava - CC-BY)Fahrenheit, Celsius, Centigrade, Kelvin and Rankine are all units of measurement for temperature scales, but some of them have unusual characteristics. Here’s what they mean and how to convert between them. We can easily deal with the degree Centigrade (abbreviation °C) because the unit is no longer in use. Since 1948 the equivalent term degree [more...]

Jan
30
2009
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What is ethical banking?

Ethical Banking (photo by laurenatclemson - CC-BY)Ethical banking is a sector of the banking industry which takes ethical considerations into account when making business decisions. Sometimes it represents little more than a marketing catchphrase, but at the other end of the spectrum there are financial institutions whose entire reason for existence is to further a particular ethical goal. Ethical concerns may [more...]

Jan
30
2009
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What happened to the cast of My Favorite Martian?

Mars (photo by jasonb42882 - CC-BY)My Favorite Martian was a sitcom that ran from 1963 to 1966. Tim O’Hara, newspaper reporter, rescued a martian from his crashed spaceship and pretended to the world that it was his “Uncle Martin”. This led to many awkward situations, which formed the backbone of the show’s episodes. Tim O’Hara was played by Bill Bixby. [more...]

Jan
30
2009
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Who are the Comanche Indians?

Chief Quana ParkerComanche Indians, the “Lords of the Plains.” The Comanche Indians, once part of the northern Shoshone tribe of Wyoming, split off from them and moved to their modern location in the Southern Plains. This break-away coincided with their acquisition of horses, which allowed them greater freedom in their search for better hunting.  The Comanches were [more...]

Jan
29
2009
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Can diet and exercise help prevent breast cancer?

Run4Cure341 (Photo by Dawn - Pink Chick - CC-BY)It appears that women have another very good reason to stay in shape! Researchers have found that women of all ages may be able to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by participating in physical exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity is one of the major risk factors for developing breast cancer after [more...]

Jan
29
2009
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Is the Great Wall of China really the only man made object that can be seen from the moon?

The Great Wall of China, near Badaling - courtesy Paul Mannix - CC-BYMany of us have heard the claim that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from outer space space, or even from the Moon, with the naked eye. The Great Wall certainly seems large enough? The Great Wall is a actually a series of stone and earthen fortifications built between the [more...]

Jan
29
2009
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Is the law different in England and Scotland?

Court room in Edinburgh, Scotland - photo by www.theedinburghblog.co.uk - CC-BYYes, there are many differences between Scots law and English law. It’s not just a question of small details for lawyers to worry about, but of two separate legal systems. Anyone moving from one side of the border to the other should bear this in mind. Common legal issues that lead many people to consult [more...]

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Jan
29
2009
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Why is a blatantly unfair legal proceeding called a kangaroo court?

Picture of kangaroo resting at petting zooAccording to various authorities, including West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, the term “kangaroo court” came from the American frontier of the 19th century. In those days it was common for judges to go from town to town to hold trials, and they gained a reputation of being biased, as their pay sometimes depended on how [more...]

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Jan
29
2009
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What is Luxor Temple?

Luxor temple at night - courtesy Argenberg - CC-BYThe earliest remains found at Luxor Temple date to the 13th dynasty and it is possible that there was a shrine or temple on this site during the Middle Kingdom.  However, it did not come into prominance till the time of empire in the 18th dynasty.  Hatshepsut first began the overland processional way which linked [more...]

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