A personal place to jot things down, from pre-Kepler astronomy, to concepts based upon 'latitude', streams my belief, how our Universe works, why politics should; remaining curious as sub-atomic structure, places between news & comedy, Alaska style. Enjoying oceans, forests, and the mountains; personally would like to meet Richard Branson. World traveler born in the land of the midnight sun, seeing myself as thoroughly educated by mother nature and father time. Constantly exploring the world wide wilderness from the comfort of my couch as well as from a sled. A big fan of Google:Earth and the music genome project: Pandora. Tending to see myself as a persistent survivalist, a student of history, an addict of political commentary, and continuous seeker for any discovery in forgotten aspects of the natural universe; always twisting in my own version of satire or irony from time to time, like wringing out a towel. At times the naturalist, promoting conservation for future generations. Often worried that at the rate we're going there may be "one left" of once flourishing species; from whales to waterfowl, especially the grey wolf which has become extinct in many places. The theories presented tend to support a balanced view of wildlife management and may veer from political correctness purposefully to inspire thoughtful arguments. Most of all the belief is that responsible integration of a society with nature is possible through creative applications of technology. First experience with a computer was in 1980. Learned the basics of programming with an Apple ][c, owning almost every piece of software written for it before moving into the endless world of Guru errors on an Amiga 500. Custom chip sets rock. So does building computers from scratch. At one point called a geek, and nerd. Now look who's calling... Growing up, learning how to use a variety of different computing systems, most of the time went to libraries to read every book available and then alone in late night sessions slowly devouring a fridge full of pizza. Home schooled for the better part of my education. Graduated high school here in the Last Frontier, toward the end of the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. Working since the age of sixteen, after getting my first car. Couldn't decide on an apprenticeship or go to college. So my decision was to do both. Yes, a big fan of "Ironman" and a collector of all things Marvel. Over the years, learned that the internet tends to be an awesome way to make extra income through desktop publishing, design, and coding. Mobile web applications are now becoming the next "thing" as these interests expand. Currently working on a book, a movie script, and a collection of some short stories about living in Alaska. So far published some of my favorite recipes and a few pictures in Flickr. The belief is that social media has created an entirely new political landscape; it has joined groups into countries without borders. Following these developments daily is an obsession, especially concerning research and development for applications; always curious as to how they impact world commerce as well as public opinion. Also been hooked on researching the markets recently, out of a sheer blind mathematical ambition. Or perhaps at times my lunacy might sound more intelligent when arguing about economics. Believing that some ideas can be transplanted just about anywhere, my interests include everything from aircraft design to green energy. My heart has always jumped a beat when seeing new technological innovation. That's probably why my list of interesting products, companies and services is so long. 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Gunpowder. Gunpowder, also known as black powder, was the first chemical explosive and the only one known until the mid-19th century.
It is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate (saltpeter)—with the sulfur and charcoal acting as fuels, while the saltpeter works as an oxidizer. Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms and as a pyrotechnic composition in fireworks. Gunpowder was, according to prevailing academic consensus, invented in the 9th century in China, and the earliest record of a written formula for gunpowder appears in the 11th century Song Dynasty text, Wujing Zongyao. This discovery led to the invention of fireworks and the earliest gunpowder weapons in China.
In the centuries following the Chinese discovery, gunpowder weapons began appearing in the Muslim world, Europe, and India. History Early Chinese rocket China Middle East C. Military technology. Military technology is the collection of equipment, vehicles, structures and communication systems that are designed for use in warfare.
It comprises the kinds of technology that are distinctly military in nature and not civilian in application, usually because they are impractical in civilian application, have no legal civilian usage, or are dangerous to use without appropriate military training. It is common for military technology to have been researched and developed by scientists and engineers specifically for use in battle by the armed forces. Many new technologies came as a result of the military funding of science. Weapons engineering is the design, development, testing and lifecycle management of military weapons and systems. It draws on the knowledge of several traditional engineering disciplines, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics, electro-optics, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, and chemical engineering. Military robots Agricultural science. Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field of biology that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture.
(Veterinary science, but not animal science, is often excluded from the definition.) Agriculture and agricultural science The two terms are often confused. However, they cover different concepts: Agriculture is the set of activities that transform the environment for the production of animals and plants for human use. Agricultural sciences include research and development on: Fertilizer One of the most common yield reducers is because of fertilizer not being applied in slightly higher quantities during transition period, the time it takes the soil to rebuild its aggregates and organic matter.
Agricultural science: a local science With the exception of theoretical agronomy, research in agronomy, more than in any other field, is strongly related to local areas. Crop rotation. Satellite image of circular crop fields in Kansas in late June 2001.
Healthy, growing crops are green. Corn would be growing into leafy stalks by then. Sorghum, which resembles corn, grows more slowly and would be much smaller and therefore, (possibly) paler. Wheat is a brilliant yellow as harvest occurs in June. Fields of brown have been recently harvested and plowed under or lie fallow for the year. Effects of crop rotation and monoculture at the Swojec Experimental Farm, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar/different types of crops in the same area in sequential seasons. History Middle Eastern farmers practiced crop rotation in 6000 BC without understanding the chemistry, alternately planting legumes and cereals. A four-field rotation was pioneered by farmers, namely in the region Waasland in the early 16th century and popularised by the British agriculturist Charles Townshend in the 18th century. Livestock transportation. Sheep in a B Double truck, Moree, NSW, Australia Twelve pigs being transported to an auction sale.
Livestock transportation is the movement of livestock, by ship, rail, road or air. Livestock are transported for many reasons, including but not limited to sale, auction, breeding, livestock shows, rodeos, fairs, slaughter, and grazing. Early records (USA only) The first known records of livestock transportation occurred in about 1607 on an English ship named the Susan Constant, which was transporting Jamestown bound colonists. 1800s Chicago’s meat exports had risen to almost 10% by 1848. 1900s By the early 20th century, railroads dominated the dressed meat market and the commodity trucking industry was in its infancy. Present day Sheep droving in Utah. Today most livestock and processed meat is transported by trucking companies that have specialized trailers for this purpose. See also Transhumance References Skaggs, J.
Seedbank. Seedbank at the Western Regional Plant Introduction Station A seedbank (or seed bank) stores seeds as a source for planting in case seed reserves elsewhere are destroyed.
It is a type of gene bank. The seeds stored may be food crops, or those of rare species to protect biodiversity. The reasons for storing seeds may be varied. In the case of food crops, many useful plants that were developed over centuries are now no longer used for commercial agricultural production and are becoming rare. Optimal storage conditions Depending on the species, seeds are dried to a suitably low moisture content according to an appropriate protocol. Challenges Stored specimens have to be regularly replanted when they begin to lose viability.Only a limited part of the world's biodiversity is stored.To prepare seeds for storage, put them with moist peat moss into container.It is difficult or impossible to store recalcitrant seeds.There is a need to improve cataloguing and data management.
Ellis, R. Refrigerator. Food in a refrigerator with its door open A side-by side refrigerator with an icemaker A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump (mechanical, electronic, or chemical) that transfers heat from the inside of the fridge to its external environment so that the inside of the fridge is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature of the room.
Refrigeration is an essential food storage technique in developed countries. Lower temperatures in a confined volume lowers the reproduction rate of bacteria, so the refrigerator reduces the rate of spoilage. A refrigerator maintains a temperature a few degrees above the freezing point of water. History Refrigeration technology The history of artificial refrigeration began when Scottish professor William Cullen designed a small refrigerating machine in 1755. Schematic of Dr. Domestic refrigerator Freezer Styles of refrigerators Agricultural machinery. Agricultural machinery is machinery used in the operation of an agricultural area or farm.
History The Industrial Revolution With the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the development of more complicated machines, farming methods took a great leap forward. Instead of harvesting grain by hand with a sharp blade, wheeled machines cut a continuous swath. Instead of threshing the grain by beating it with sticks, threshing machines separated the seeds from the heads and stalks. The first tractors appeared in the late 19th century.  Steam power Internal combustion engines Types A John Deere cotton harvester at work in a cotton field. From left to right: John Deere 7800 tractor with Houle slurry trailer, Case IH combine harvester, New Holland FX 25 forage harvester with corn head.
Combines might have taken the harvesting job away from tractors, but tractors still do the majority of work on a modern farm. Modern irrigation relies on machinery. References Forge. A blacksmith's coal forge Wooden smithy in Opole, Upper Silesia, Poland Types of forges Coal/coke/charcoal forge Standard coal forge Over thousands of years of forging, these devices have evolved in one form or another as the essential features of this type of forge: Tuyere — a pipe through which air can be forced into the fireBellows or blower — a means for forcing air into the tuyereHearth — a place where the burning fuel can be contained over or against the tuyere opening.
During operation, fuel is placed in or on the hearth and ignited. A typical Scottish smithy at Auchentiber, North Ayrshire, Scotland. A blacksmith balances the fuel and air in the fire to suit particular kinds of work. In a typical coal forge, a firepot will be centered in a flat hearth. If a larger fire is necessary, the smith increases the air flowing into the fire as well as feeding and deepening the coke heart.
Gas forge A gas forge typically uses propane or natural gas as the fuel. Tool and die maker. Job description Traditionally, working from engineering drawings, tool makers measure out the design on the raw material (usually metal), then cut it to size and shape using manually controlled machine tools (such as Lathes, milling machines, grinding machines, and jig grinders) and hand tools (such as Files,hones,and stones.
Many tool makers now use computer-aided design,and computer-aided machining,to perform these tasks. Tool making Tool making typically means making tooling used to produce products. Common tools include metal forming rolls, lathe bits, milling cutters, and form tools. Die making Overlap One person may be called upon for all of the above activities, and the skills and concepts involved overlap, which is why "tool and die making" is often viewed as one field. Training Jig/Fixture maker A jig and fixture maker is under the faction of a tool and die maker/toolmaker. They are often advised by an engineer in building the devices. Machinist. Metallurgy. Georgius Agricola, author of De re metallica, an important early work on metal extraction Metallurgy is a domain of materials science and materials engineering that studies the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements, their intermetallic compounds, and their mixtures, which are called alloys.
Metallurgy is also the technology of metals: the way in which science is applied to the production of metals, and the engineering of metal components for use in products for consumers and manufacturers. The production of metals involves the processing of ores to extract the metal they contain, and the mixture of metals, sometimes with other elements, to produce alloys. Metallurgy is distinguished from the craft of metalworking. Metallurgy is subdivided into ferrous metallurgy (sometimes also known as black metallurgy) and non-ferrous metallurgy or colored metallurgy. Etymology and pronunciation History Gold headband from Thebes 750–700 BC Extraction Alloys 
Crystallography. A crystalline solid: atomic resolution image of strontium titanate. Brighter atoms are Sr and darker ones are Ti. Crystallography is the science that examines the arrangement of atoms in solids (see crystal structure). The word "crystallography" derives from the Greek words crystallon "cold drop, frozen drop," with its meaning extending to all solids with some degree of transparency, and grapho "I write. " In July 2012, the United Nations recognised the importance of the science of crystallography by proclaiming that 2014 would be the International Year of Crystallography. X-ray crystallography is used to determine the structure of large biomolecules, such as proteins.
Before the development of X-ray diffraction crystallography (see below), the study of crystals was based on their geometry. Crystallographic methods now depend on the analysis of the diffraction patterns of a sample targeted by a beam of some type. Theory Notation Technique Biology See also Great Pyramid of Giza. The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang and a reference to fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC.
Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. History and description Ancient Egyptian technology. Ancient Egyptian depiction of women engaged in mechanical rope making, the first graphic evidence of the craft, shown in the two lower rows of the illustration Technology in Dynastic Egypt Significant advances in ancient Egypt during the dynastic period include astronomy, mathematics, and medicine.
Their geometry was a necessary outgrowth of surveying to preserve the layout and ownership of farmland, which was flooded annually by the Nile river. The 3,4,5 right triangle and other rules of thumb served to represent rectilinear structures, and the post and lintel architecture of Egypt. Egypt also was a center of alchemy research for much of the western world. Paper and writing A section of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which is written and drawn on papyrus The word paper comes from the Greek term for the ancient Egyptian writing material called papyrus, which was formed from beaten strips of papyrus plants.
Structures and construction Buildings Monuments Bibliotheca (Pseudo-Apollodorus) The Bibliotheca (Ancient Greek: Βιβλιοθήκη, Bibliothēkē, "library") is a compendium of myths and heroic legends, arranged in three books, generally dated to the first or second centuries AD. It was known traditionally as the Library of Apollodorus, but the attribution is now regarded as false. The Bibliotheca has been called "the most valuable mythographical work that has come down from ancient times". An epigram recorded by Photius expressed its purpose: It has the following not ungraceful epigram: 'Draw your knowledge of the past from me and read the ancient tales of learned lore. Look neither at the page of Homer, nor of elegy, nor tragic muse, nor epic strain.
Seek not the vaunted verse of the cycle; but look in me and you will find in me all that the world contains'. The brief and unadorned accounts of myth in the Bibliotheca have led some commentators to suggest that even its complete sections are an epitome of a lost work. The first mention of the work is by Photius. Astronomy. Cartography. Traditional Chinese medicine. Human genome. Neuroscience. Stonehenge. Norse mythology. Sundial. Clock. Calendar. Physics.