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Tips for Making Effective Presentations. 1.Practice your presentation. Yes - in front of a mirror. Do NOT turn your back on your audience and talk to the screen! Get comfortable with your show before you give it. 2.I use one of these Kensington presentation pointers - either the K33374US or the new K72367US. The 72367 has a built-in MicroSD card reader and 2GB memory inside the USB dongle. Ideally, you could store your presentation on the USB dongle, and simply hand that to your venue’s a/v person, stating, “This is my presentation, as well as the receiver for my pointer.” Is Nuclear Power Safe? - Nuclear Power Safety Myth No. 1 Nuclear Power Isn't a Safe Solution In a recent national poll, 72 percent of respondents expressed concern about potential accidents at nuclear power plants. Some opinion-makers have encouraged this trepidation: Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, has called nuclear power "dangerous, complicated and politically controversial." During the first six decades of the nuclear age, however, fewer than 100 people have died as a result of nuclear power plant accidents. And comparing modern nuclear plants to Chernobyl—the Ukrainian reactor that directly caused 56 deaths after a 1986 meltdown—is like comparing World War I fighter planes to the F/A-18.

DuMont Personal Airship #6 Santos- Dumont caught the imagination of the aviation minded world when, in his 110-ft airship Number 6, he flew from St Cloud to and around the Eiffel Tower and back on 19 October 1901. Flying in a DuMont Airship.... (An account by Santos) 'At 11 am all was ready. The basket rocked prettily beneath the balloon, which a mild, fresh breeze was caressing. Impatient to be off, I stood in my corner of the narrow wicker basket with a bag of ballast in my hand. 20 Excel Tips for Becoming a Spreadsheet Pro Click To View Slideshow» Become the office spreadsheet guru in no time with these hacks and tricks. There are very, very few people on planet Earth who could ever say they've completely mastered every intricate little thing about Microsoft Excel. It's the world's premiere spreadsheet application, and has been the industry standard for over 20 years, replacing the once-venerable Lotus 1-2-3, the first killer app for PCs in the 1980s. Microsoft Excel's dominance as a spreadsheet has yet to be truly tested, certainly not by Corel's Quattro Pro (yes, still sold today!)

Robot Vans Drive, Driverless, from Italy to China (Video A VisLab van, complete with cameras and sensors for driver-free driving It’s the perfect sci-fi fantasy: climb into your car, set it to autopilot, then just lean back and enjoy your morning coffee as you’re whisked off to your destination. Driverless vehicles have come a long way since their inception in pulpy futuristic paperbacks – but most of them never make out of a closed testing course, and none of them try a cross-continental road trip in on regular roads with everyday traffic. Well, almost none.

Issues All of our past issues are available to read online for free. You may also purchase print copies for $10 each. Issue 35 - January 2015 Issue 34 - December 2015 Issue 33 - November 2015 Computer Chip Implant to Program Brain Activity, Treat Parkinson’s The ReNaChip will allow for fully programmable deep brain stimulation An international team of researchers led by Dr. Matti Mintz at the University of Tel Aviv is working on a biomimetic computer chip for brain stimulation that is programmable, responsive to neural activity, and capable of bridging broken connections in the brain.

Roof snow rake scooper tool - easy DIY using a 5 gallon bucket, a shower curtain, and a pole - do it yourself Snow roof rake scooper tool I looked for something simple to use for a roof snow rake idea. I searched Google images and YouTube for something that uses a 5 gallon bucket and 2 or 3 10 foot sticks of electrical EMT conduit. There are designs but none that really show how to remove snow from the roof Painlessly and safely from the ground without damaging the roof shingles. The design is simple! Easy to craft from items around the home and will save your roof from collapsing in the event of MORE SNOW!!! ( you will have fun I promise ) Get any 5 gallon round plaster plastic bucket and cut the bottom out so you have a nice crisp edge. Encyclopedia of the Elements: Technical Data - History - Processing - Applications " an encyclopedia that brims with life-long reference value, the student has the whole and complete record of the elements at his fingertips." Electric Review "... goes beyond just listing properties and chemical facts. It is full of interesting historical information, anecdotes and fascinating asides." Chemistry World

5 Ways to Download a Flash Movie Steps Edit Method 1 of 5: Using a Web Conversion Program 1Find a video downloading website. One of the most popular options is KeepVid, which works with YouTube, Vimeo, and a number of other streaming sites. DNA Factory Plans to Open Within 6 Months Good news for all you aspiring Craig Venters out there. Before the end of the year, synthetic biologists will have a stocked factory of DNA building blocks with which to remix microbe life forms – one that will provide standardized, reliable components for the most creative of life sciences. Best of all?