De-Icing a Plane

Watch the process up close and see what is involved with de-icing a plane.

De-ice PlaneIt is such a critical job and one that is often taken for granted. As more ice and snow are on the way this week, see how one group of workers is dealing with the elements and taking charge to insure safety in our skies.

Learn more in this video!

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How Long Does It Take to Get Frostbite?

FrostbiteI am certainly not encouraging people to try this experiment at home, work or school; but, do you really know the facts about frostbite. How long does it really take?

It really depends on two things: temperature and wind

The wind is really the deciding factor here because it can quickly remove the heat and expose your skin to the cold quite quickly.

Check out this video presentation (3 minutes) and learn more.

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Think about Food Science as a Major

Food ScienceWant to get into a growing industry?

Consider food science. It is one area that high school kids are not exposed to as much, but it is definitely a growing field with lots of possibilities. Just in the last 5-10 years this area has exploded with the advent of regulations around calories and the whole health movement toward learning more about what is in our food and where it comes from.

Foods can be studied in many different ways, here are a few:

  • quality of ingredients
  • shelf life
  • taste and texture
  • calorie content
  • protein content
  • fat content
  • sugar content
  • packaging  and more

Food testing is becoming increasingly warranted by increased regulation and as a way of protection to insure a quality product for consumers.

Watch the following video and learn from some food science majors.

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Crash Course on Fracking

FrackingFracking is a very controversial process which people have various opinions on. Let’s look at this topic a bit closer and see if we can formulate our own opionion.

Let’s start with this first video which explains the process.

Now let’s review a little more about the process and look at some of the environmental impacts of fracking.

The water used is highly toxic and cannot be treated by water treatment plants. The chemicals vary from hazardous to highly toxic. In addition, green house gasses are being released as a part of the process.

What is still a mystery in this equation is what type of chemicals are used? If you check out the article mentioned in the previous sentence, you will see a list of chemicals that are often referred to.

The topic of fracking is still a mystery as to the environmental effects of the chemicals that are being used. More information on this topic is needed. Hopefully, the following information will help you formulate an opinion that you can build on in the future.

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Fresh or Frozen Vegetables

Frozen or Fresh VegetablesWhich one is more nutritous?
You may think the answer seems obvious, but it really depends.

Check out this video and learn more about what makes vegetables nutritious.

It gives some great examples of why you might want to consider buying vegetables fresh and frozen depending upon your circumstance.

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