Air Cooler vs. Air Conditioner: Escape the Summer Heat

air cooler vs air conditionerSummer time is fast approaching, and if it isn’t already hot in your neck of the woods, chances are that’s about to change very soon. There are some of us that can handle these higher temperatures just fine, but many others feel like they’re melting during the summer months, and need any kind of relief they can get when the mercury starts to rise. Luckily for these hot-weather haters, most cars have functioning air conditioners that are able to provide a bit of respite on the drives to and from work and when running errands, but it’s the other places that they spend a majority of their time, such as work and at home, where they most need relief from the heat.

But what options are out there for them to cool off with? Today, we are discussing two of the most effective and popular options:  air conditioners and air coolers, aka swamp coolers, aka evaporative coolers, aka desert coolers. Each work with different technologies, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Also important to consider is what type of climate the machine will be used in, so whether you live in a place with dry heat, or moist heat (humidity), you’re going to want to wipe the sweat from your eyes, and listen up so you can find the best machine possible to help cool down with. If you’re more interested in how these machines work, then this intro course on engineering will let you know if this career path is right for you.

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Yeast Intolerance: All About This Digestive Affliction

shutterstock_145557157Yeast is a fungus that’s used in many of the foods and beverages that billions of people enjoy every day, and is a vital part of many of the staple foods consumed across the globe. It’s two major culinary roles, making bread rise and giving beer its alcohol, are enough to earn it a spot in the food hall of fame, as well as a sentimental place in most food and beer lovers’ hearts. But for all the goodwill that yeast may have earned with most people the world over and throughout history, there are a few that are physically unable to enjoy this famous fungus, and are afflicted with physical manifestations of their intolerance that are not only uncomfortable for them, but also sometimes for those around them.

If you’re afraid of contracting this ailment, or if you or someone you know already has it, then this article will tell you all about yeast intolerance, including its causes, symptoms, and the foods to avoid if you have it. Luckily, it’s not a deadly, or even particularly dangerous, malady, but simply a cause of discomfort for the afflicted. If you’re one of the lucky people who are able to tolerate yeast, then check out this article on how to bake, and this course on how to bake artisan bread to learn how to utilize yeast with delicious results.

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8 Incredible Benefits of Stem Cell Research

benefits of stem cell researchThe history of stem cells being used in the medical field may seem like it’s a pretty new thing, what with all the controversy over it dominating the headlines throughout the 21st century, as well as a timely 2001 episode of South Park addressing the issue in its usual blunt, but humorous way. But despite appearing to come out of nowhere at the turn of the century, stem cell science has a history dating back to February of 1961, when Canadian researchers at the Ontario Cancer Institute published a study that proved the existence of stem cells, as well as positing various potential uses and benefits for these cells. [Read more…]

Best Fillet Knife: How to Find the Knife of Your Dreams

best fillet knifeIf you’ve spent any significant time in a kitchen, either in your own home, or in a professional sense, you probably already know that a you need a good set of knives to prepare food quickly, properly, and safely. While you can probably get away with having just a few of the really essential knives, such as a chef’s knife, a carving knife, and perhaps a bread knife, it’s the smaller, more specific ones that really round out a proper set: cheese knives, paring knives, and our topic for today, fillet knives.

Fillet knives are known for having one specific use, but they can also be used in different roles throughout the kitchen, depending on the needs of the chef. As we said before, you won’t find a fillet knife in every kitchen, but you certainly will find one (or a couple) in the home of any fisherman, camper, or anyone else that regularly prepares and cooks seafood. Designed in such a way that allows it to move smoothly through fish or other meat, the fillet knife’s main purpose is to separate the skin from the edible parts of the animal, and to do so quickly and neatly and without slipping. Today, we’ll be discussing what makes the fillet knife unique, as well as what aspects of certain fillet knives give them the edge over the others. If you don’t cook much, but would like to change that, this article on learning how to cook will introduce you to basic culinary concepts, and this course on healthy cooking will help you use those concepts to live better.

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Sea Salt vs. Kosher Salt: The Best for Cooking and Health

sea salt vs kosher saltWhen most people think of salt, they probably just think about the white stuff that comes in a shaker, or in a cylindrical or rectangular package that they keep in their cupboard that they sometimes use to jazz up the taste of bland food. While salt is a ubiquitous and very important seasoning, the history and importance of salt is incredibly vast and interesting. Salt is mentioned prominently in the Bible (Lot’s wife becoming a pillar of salt), it can be found in many popular phrases and sayings (the salt mines, rub salt in the wound, salt of the earth, worth one’s salt, etc.), and it built large and wealthy empires before refrigeration was invented (the Austrian city Salzburg means “city of salt”).

There are many types of salt that are used in cooking, and two of the more popular types are our topics for today: sea salt and kosher salt. After learning about the differences between these two salts, you’ll want to put your knowledge to use, and this article on the basics of cooking, along with this course on healthy cooking fundamentals will have you preparing a healthy and tasty meal in no time. [Read more…]

8 Disadvantages of Tourism: The Dark Side of Vacations

disadvantages of tourismFor those of you that have ever gone on vacation, you know how special an experience it can be. And by vacation, we don’t mean visiting your parents for the holidays – vacations shouldn’t trigger migraines. By vacation, we mean the “saving up money for months, taking time off of work way in advance, buying a fanny pack” type of vacation – not a trip, but an honest-to-goodness vacation. Unless you yourself happen to live in a tourist destination, chances are you don’t even think about the other side of the equation when visiting another part of the world, or another part of your own country. If you did, then you might feel a bit guilty for renting, then erratically driving, those scooters you find in beach towns, or taking that slow guided tour through the busy streets of downtown. [Read more…]

10 Disadvantages of Wind Energy: Not as Clean as You Thought

disadvantages of wind engery\Right now, there’s a lot of attention focused on the various types of fuels that we utilize to get our energy from, and many of the major players, such as coal and fossil fuels, are getting a bad rap these days, and rightfully so. As they pollute the air, causing damage to the planet, as well as its inhabitants, the need for cleaner alternatives is becoming more and more pronounced. Luckily, science has stepped up to the plate, and come up with some effective options, most notably the relatively new (created around 1900) solar energy, and a modern adaptation of an ancient form of harnessing energy – wind power, which has been around for quite some time, with the first known instances of windmills going back to first century AD.

Our discussion today is on wind energy, and not the good things about it that we always hear about, but rather we’ll be highlighting some of the more negative aspects of it. Sure, wind turbines harness a free source of energy, take up a small piece of land, and wind is about as clean as an energy source can get, but like anything else, there’s another side to the coin, and these negative aspects are what we will be talking about today. If a career in alternative energy sales interests you, then this course on how to get into solar sales, along with this course on selling solar for contractors and entrepreneurs, will tell you what you need to know.

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Promotional Pricing: Shrewdness in Marketing

promotional pricingSay you pass by a suit shop every day on the way to work, twice a day – once on the way to work, and then again on your way home. This suit shop has never caught your attention, and you might not have ever even known there was a suit shop there at all. Even if you had, you still probably wouldn’t have stopped in anyways. Not that you don’t like to dress up every once in a while, but who’s got money for a suit right now anyway? But one day, on your way to work, you notice that the suit shop is having a sale – 30% off everything in the store! All day at work, you think about that sale, then you think about a suit… then the sale… suit… sale… suit… sale. On your way home, you pop into the store, get fitted for a nice three-piece number, a new tie, and some socks, and now you’re ready to take on the world. [Read more…]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Partnership: Pros and Cons to Know

advantages and disadvantages of partnershipForming a business from the ground up is no small feat, regardless if you’re doing it alone, as a sole proprietorship, or with one or several other people, referred to as a partnership. No matter how many people are involved, there has to be an understanding of the ins and outs not only how a business is supposed to run, but also how the industry in which the business exists works. There are benefits and drawbacks of both types of businesses, and deciding on one as opposed to the other depends on many factors, including the type of business, the size of the operation, the money needed to get it off the ground, and many other factors. [Read more…]

Careers in Agriculture: Not Just the Farm Anymore

careers in agricultureWhen most people think of careers in agriculture, they probably immediately think of farming and ranching: plowing the land, feeding the animals, etc. While this is a somewhat accurate portrayal of agriculture, it’s merely one small aspect of the entire agriculture picture, and with the evolution of technology, along with the growth of the world population, there are countless facets of this interesting industry to consider, many of them you probably would have never even considered, so if you don’t think you have what it takes to ride a tractor, but are still interested in a more nature-centric line of work, there are still many options out there to consider.

Today, we are discussing some of the careers you will find in the agricultural industry, and like we said before, they don’t all require you to get dirty and sunburnt, with plenty of jobs out there to suit anyone. We’ll be looking at the agricultural industry from the “career cluster” point of view, which breaks down different careers into pathways, which categorize careers into various industries by the skills and strengths required to carry them out. If you’re interested in a job in agriculture, but think it’s too late to change career paths, think again – this article on changing careers at 40, and this course on redesigning your career will help you find the perfect new job, no matter what your age.

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