With so many people trying to lower their carbon foot print, there does not seem to be many arguments as to why people should not harness solar power. The challenge now is the same one that existed at the inception of the solar power industry: convincing people that it is worth the money invested. It can be difficult to convince people that they are paying for a long term investment. You may not see huge returns, but every year you will make some of it back until they pay for themselves. At that point your solar panels will be making you money!
There has been a lot of buzz going around with new types of solar devices that are hitting the market: solar paint, solar shingles, and even solar film. The biggest problem is that there is a lot of confusion about solar power. Not many people knows how solar energy works, and sensational news stories don’t exactly help. There is so much information out on the web, but how much of it is true? Here are some myths about solar energy.
Various forms of orthodontic treatment have been around for a long time, evolving from primitive processes to highly complex and advanced solutions. Orthodontic treatment is a fantastic example of advanced science and technology contributing to the betterment of human health and well-being. There are many myths surrounding orthodontics, however. Some of these myths may prevent people from seeking treatment that can improve their appearance, better their lifestyle, and boost their confidence. Below I will set the record straight on four common misconceptions regarding orthodontics.
Social media is everywhere. It has become something that doesn’t need to be advertised and yet every company freely advertises many social media sites in the process of advertising their own company. Social media now touches every piece of my life.
The speed at which information can be transferred is getting more insanely fast each day. There are phones now that just tap together to share photos without even having the number of the person with whom you are sharing them. On my phone it only takes a few seconds to share a photo and I thought that was incredibly fast. The top stories in technology news are generally about the ongoing competition of tech companies everywhere, battling it out to edge past their competitors with new features or styles that help them rise above. This is only possible because customers feel the need to have the next best thing before anybody else. Customers who pay a high price for a new computer or cellphone don’t want to find out a few months later that something else is going to take its place. This puts companies in a bit of a bind. They don’t want customers getting angry because they just bought a new laptop, which is suddenly old news after only a few months. In order to keep customers loyal they must make an effort to keep their products at the cutting edge of what’s on the market, and this becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.
Today the technology headlines were filled with a courtroom dispute between competing technology companies over patent violations. The companies at the top of the market are concerned that their products, and the thought process that goes into creating them are being ripped off by other companies creating what are essentially mirror images. So where should companies draw the line? Some believe that companies mirroring each other’s products is unavoidable. Many companies probably wouldn’t exist without this. But shouldn’t their be a limit to just how much companies piggyback one another?
I just graduated from college and one of the things that I will miss most about living on campus is the free computer support. It’s not just that it was free, it was also incredibly convenient, with staff members that I could trust. If I had a problem I knew that I could easily drop my laptop off on campus or have someone look at in in the IT office. This was very comforting to me when I had twenty page papers to write and powerpoint presentations to create. The only downside was that sometimes in order to get real help I had to go through students who didn’t know a thing about computers. I didn’t blame them though, because I knew they probably just got stuck working in IT for work study. No matter what I always made it to someone who could help me, and since it was free I could not have asked for more. Now that I no longer have the safety net my school once provided for me, the choice of where to go for computer support is somewhat disheartening. There are so many places to choose from and it’s hard to decide which ones are reliable. I hear so many horror stories from friends who pay a fortune just to have their laptop looked at in store, only to find out these “professionals” can’t actually help them at all.
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My father and I are always trying to find that groundbreaking seed of an idea that turns out to be worth millions. We make notes on what is selling fast online and on the websites that are getting the most hits, we also think about the things in our everyday lives that could be improved upon. If I see an article about new money making idea I send it to him and vice versa. I also love websites where people share their own experiences of formulating successful ideas with in-depth descriptions or videos documenting their process. I study the ways that other people have made a name for themselves, so that I may put these methods to use with my own talents. After all the time I have spent in researching how others made it big, I believe one key factor in coming up with my own original idea is in keeping my mind open and readily aware of the possibilities around me. This morning while I was waiting for the train a woman started talking to me about how she wanted to start a blog with all the inspirational experiences and stories she had gathered over the years. I was able to give her some advice on good blogging websites, and somehow this turned into giving her names of sites she could make money off of online. Suddenly, she had a notebook out and was jotting down all of the names I was telling her. Just like me she knew that the internet holds so many possibilities, and just like me she was constantly searching for the opportunity of a lifetime. I sometimes feel like the internet provides a free lottery for us all, the chances of winning are small but the prize is great.
As a child, I was never really into the whole science experiment scene. I instead found that my most important goal as a child was to make it through Girl Scouts and survive annual camping trips with my family. But a part of me feels as though I have missed out on the quintessential childhood experience of participating in a science fair. I decided to Google some of the most interesting and creative experiments, and these are what I found. Continue reading “Forget the Volcano – Not Your Average Science Fair Experiments” »
You might not realize it, but the one hundred years between 1900 and 2000 were quite possibly the most radical and important in the history of science and technology. During the 20th century, mankind went from steam ships and horse-and-buggies to putting a man on the moon — and that only in 1969! Almost every field of scientific learning and engineering saw incredible development. Here are just a few examples of the way advances in technology changed the world during the 1900′s. Continue reading “The Radical Scientific 20th Century” »
I remember when I first got my first iPod. It was such a big deal, and it was the latest gadget that everyone absolutely needed to have. Well that’s no longer true, as the iPad has become increasingly popular. Continue reading “IPads Over IPods” »