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    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - LED LIGHTS Did you know... that many people think of LEDs as expensive bulbs? What they do not know is it has many features on top of being a thrifty light source. For one, LEDs do less environmental harm than the common incandescent light bulb. According to research, this absence of mercury is one of the reasons why people need to support this product. It is not harmful to humans and it does not have harmful effects on the environment once thrown away. And as a bonus, about 95% of all LEDs are recyclable so nothing goes to waste. LEDs can last anywhere between 12 to 22 years. So can you imagine if you had a baby right now? He will be in high school or college before your LED goes off. In fact, LEDs last up to 25 times longer than the common light bulbs and CFLs. If you install an LED light in your baby’s room now, it will still be there by the time he is a grown up. LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. These bulbs produce light but not in the same efficiency as a common light bulb. A common light bulb will eat electricity but only converts 10% of that electricity into light. The other 90% is wasted energy. An LED, however, converts 100% of the energy into light. Studies show that if LEDs were used enough, they can save 348 TWH of electrical power in 15 years. Just for some perspective, this amount of power is enough to power 44 large electrical power plants. In terms of money, this cost –savings amounts to a whopping $30 billion. There is this thing called thermal shock. When this happens, your typical light bulb can shatter to pieces without warning. So it is basically like an exploding grenade with shrapnel. An LED bulb cannot be so severely damaged so much as to burst like a light bulb. They do not shatter like CFL. If a CFL or incandescent bulb shatters and you get hit, you need to go to a hospital to get treated not only for physical wounds but for mercury contamination too.
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - HOARY Part of speech: adjective Origin: Old English, 16th century meaning: 1. Gray or white as a result of aging --- 2. Old "The man's hoary appearance was antithetical to his jovial, youthful energy." "The hoary stories I heard as a kid have been passed down for generations in my family."
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - TINTINNABULATION Part of Speech: noun Origin: Latin, 19th century meaning: 1. The ringing of bells --- 2. A tinkling sound, like that of a bell "I always look forward to the joyous tintinnabulation at church during the Christmas season." "The faint tintinnabulation in my ears is starting to drive me crazy."
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    Fact of the Day - PUFFERFISH Did you know... that pufferfish are some of the more recognized species in the sea, known for their ability to inflate into a thorny balloon that all but screams, “Get away!”? When not agitated, these creatures are rather curious about divers, swimming closely with what appears to be a permanent grin, watching your every move. Most of the 120 species of pufferfish are poisonous. These fish are found in tropical freshwater and saltwater habitats across the globe. Unfortunately for anything threatening them, most carry the extremely dangerous tetrodotoxin, which can be over 1,000 times stronger than cyanide. In addition to altering their texture, pufferfish can also change colors. Much like a chameleon, pufferfish can adjust the pigment of their skin depending on the immediate environment. Thanks to their excellent eyesight, they can quickly adjust in response to potential predators if they’d rather blend in than puff up. One of the stranger facts about pufferfish is that they only have four teeth. Their family name, Tetraodontidae, is derived from the Greek words for ‘four’ and ‘tooth’, and the teeth sit at the foremost top and bottom of their mouths. Pufferfish prefer crunchy foods, including coral, shellfish, and other hard substances to keep their teeth trimmed. In Japan, pufferfish are treasured not for their quirky behaviors, but for their flavor. A dish called fugu consists of paper-thin fillets of pufferfish meat, with great care taken to avoid the glands that harbor tetrodotoxin. For this reason, it is a delicacy prepared only by highly trained chefs, who must train for three years before being allowed to serve fugu. Even with these precautions, some have still died from consuming pufferfish, which is said to be part of the thrill in ordering it to begin with. You might think pufferfish move easily in water since they’re fish, but they’re actually very poor swimmers. This is part of the reason scientists believe pufferfish use camouflage and inflation as primary defense mechanisms, as sharks are the only species that are immune to tetrodotoxin.
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - SARTORIAL Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, 19th century meaning: 1. Of or relating to a tailor --- 2. Of or relating to fashion "She makes excellent sartorial choices and is always impeccably dressed." "I indulge my sartorial interests by visiting a tailor after every shopping excursion."
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    Fact of the Day - ORIGAMI Did you know... that Yoshizawa Akira is regarded as the grandmaster of origami? Origami, as probably everyone knows, is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The name origami is derived from the Japanese words 'oru '(to fold) and 'kami '(paper). The name 'origami' was coined in 1880. Before that, the art was called 'orikata' (folded shapes). Origami is equally popular in China and other parts of Asia. Initially, the art of paper folding was restricted only to ceremonial occasions, because paper was scarce and expensive. In ancient times, the designs were transmitted via oral communication. Traditionally, the recreational designs were passed from mother to daughter. As no written material was available, only the simplest designs were popular. The old origami figures mainly included animals, costumed people, and typical ceremonial designs. When paper and origami were first introduced into Japanese culture, certain origami models were incorporated into religious (Shinto) ceremonies. There are hundreds of such interesting origami facts that have left enthusiasts stunned. In Japan, people usually acquire origami skills quite early during childhood. As origami requires 'following precise directions', it has gained a widespread following as a hobby among adults too. The folding process often involves a number of concepts that are relevant to the study of mathematics. It is not only a craft designed for children's amusement, but it is also intended for adults. Many of the origami forms involve complicated steps, and are difficult to make.
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - ELEEMOSYNARY Part of Speech: adjective Origin: Medieval Latin, late 16th century meaning: 1. Of or relating to charity or donations --- 2. Supported by charitable giving "Her generous eleemosynary pursuits fully funded a new animal shelter." "The eleemosynary organization relies on donations to stay in business."
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    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - CANADA'S ABORIGINAL PEOPLE Did you know... that there are 1,172,790 First Nations, Metis and Inuit people in Canada, collectively called aboriginal, making up to 3.8 percent of Canada’s total population? Between 1996 and 2006, the aboriginal population grew by 45 percent, compared with 8 percent for the non-aboriginal population. There are over 50 aboriginal languages spoken in Canada, of these, only Cree, Inuktitut and Ojibway have a large enough population of fluent speakers to be considered viable to survive in the long term. There are 78,855 fluent speakers of Cree. Ontario has the largest concentration of aboriginal people at 242,495. Six Nations is the largest reserve in Canada, with over 21,000 members. The Iroquois Confederacy, or Six Nations, was originally made up of only five tribes: the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca. The Tuscarora joined later, becoming the sixth nation. First Nations – also known as Natives and Native Canadians – are an Aboriginal group in Canada and one of the country’s original inhabitants. Today, their history lives on through cultural centers, museums, and festivals. Here are nine things you may not know about Canada’s First Nations. In Canada, the term Aboriginal peoples refers to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, which was determined in Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1983. Each of these groups were the country’s original inhabitants, and they all have very different histories. The First Nations have been in Canada for at least 12,000 years, but it could be for much longer.
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - VERDANT Part of speech: adjective Origin: French, late 16th century meaning: 1. Bright green in hue --- 2. Green due to lush, growing vegetation --- 3. Inexperienced or fresh "The verdant trees and plants of the Amazon rainforest are stunningly beautiful." "Living in a drab city, I long for the verdant pastures of the countryside."
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    Fact of the Day - THUNDERSTORMS Did you know... that thunderstorms are produced in cumulonimbus clouds, which are some of the largest clouds in the atmosphere? The base of these clouds is usually between 300m metres and 1km above the ground, but they can grow to a height of 10 to 20 kilometres! You can spot these clouds by their sheer size, towering column shape, and their anvil-shaped top. Cumulonimbus clouds can pack in a much energy as 10 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. They get this energy from the movement and circulation of warm air, known as convection. In this process, warm and humid air rises from the ground into the upper atmosphere, where it cools, condenses and falls to form the cloud. This process continues as more humid air rises and cools, creating a cycle that causes the cloud to grow in size. Thunderstorms form quickly, and they can take as little as one hour to form. They are also very common in places where the air is hot and humid - it is estimated that on average, lightning strikes the Earth 44 times every second. Although meteorologists uses lots of advanced technology to monitor and track storms, you can easily figure out how far a thunderstorm is yourself using a stopwatch and some simple maths. As soon as you see flash of lightning, start a stopwatch and measure the time it takes until you hear the thunder. Then take the number of seconds you timed between the lightning and thunder, and divide that by three, giving the distance of the storm is from you in kilometres. Big cities can actually create stronger thunderstorms. Research has found the extra heat generated around cities can make thunderstorms more intense. This is thanks to the phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. Heat from activities such as driving cars, and the vast amount of heat-absorbing concrete in cities means that the air there is warmer. This extra heat means more hot and humid air rises to form clouds and thunderstorms. One study in the United States found that rainfall in Phoenix, in the state of Arizona, increased by 12 to 14 per cent as the city grew larger.
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    Fact of the Day - SAKURA TREES Did you know... that sakura bloom and die fast? The flower petals fall down constantly, making the ground of the sakura tree area filled with white or pale pink petals. This feature is often admired and said to be the appeal of sakura. There is a name for the state when the sakura petals have all fallen down and the leaves are budding. This state is called hazakura (葉桜). This seems strange at first, because there are no sakura flowers, yet 'sakura' is in the name. This may reflect the fact how much the Japanese people love every state of sakura. There are more than 600 species of sakura in Japan. This number includes endemic and hybrid species in Japan. Sakura is known for a plant frequent mutation, which shows in the change of petals, the size of the flower, change in color, the decrease or increase in fruit, and so on. From this reason, many hybrid species were made. Sakura can easily rot. Sakura rots from cuts in their bark or roots. Once it starts rotting, it could easily spread to the whole tree, and die. This is why you need to pay attention where you put your sheets or blankets during hanami. You may easily be shortening the tree's life. Image above is the treatment made to the Sakura in order to prevent rotting.
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - ABECEDARIAN Part of speech: adjective Origin: Late Latin, 17th century meaning: 1. Of or relating to the alphabet --- 2. Arranged in alphabetical order --- 3. Basic, rudimentary "Anyone with abecedarian interests should try out for the spelling bee." "Please use an abecedarian system when you file these documents."
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    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - HALCYON Part of speech: adjective Origin: Ancient Greek meaning: 1. Calm, serene or tranquil --- 2. A time in the past marked by peace and happiness --- 3. Of or relating to the halcyon bird "I miss the halcyon days of my childhood when I didn’t have to worry about the pressures of adult life." "Her halcyon lifestyle may seem wonderful, but it was earned by decades of hard work and determination."
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    Fact of the Day - SPACE WASTE Did you know... that on October 4th, 1957, the world — and the space around it — changed forever? With the successful launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union, the space age began. But this triumphant feat of engineering also launched a different type of problem – space waste. What is space waste? According to NASA, it is defined as space debris that encompasses both natural particles (think meteoroids) and artificial particles (like the things those of us on Earth make). The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee further narrows this definition as any man-made object in orbit around the Earth that doesn’t serve a useful function. In our decades of space exploration, we’ve launched more than 8,593 spacecraft around the world. From rocket ships to satellites and even cars, each launch leaves behind a piece of debris in orbit. That comes out to more than 170 million pieces of debris orbiting our planet, thousands of those pieces are slightly bigger than a softball. The U.S. Department of Defense, in collaboration with NASA, currently monitors about 50,000 of these objects, both small and large. Space waste can stay in orbit for centuries so long as it’s above the Earth’s atmosphere. So far, the biggest and oldest surviving man-made debris is a piece of the American Vanguard 1 launched in 1958. And if we’re not careful, it’s theorized that the ever-colliding debris will cause disaster collisions.