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Month: January 2018

HVAC Professional Teaches Ohio High School Students about the Trade
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HVAC Professional Teaches Ohio High School Students about the Trade

While most people are gearing up for the winter weather with warm clothes and jackets, one high school teacher is hoping to teach his students about the ins-and-outs of a homeowner's winter lifeline, also known as the HVAC system. According to the Free Press Standard, Matt McGraw, a certified HVAC-R contractor, is Carrollton High School's Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration class instructor. His goal with the class is to help his students learn everything they need to know about their possible future careers in the field. He teaches them the importance of having HVAC units serviced every year, and that it's crucial to have your filters changed every three months. In fact, Energystar.gov says most HVAC filters must be changed every one to three months. McGraw spok...
Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering Awarded Additional Funding for 3D Research
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Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering Awarded Additional Funding for 3D Research

The University of Pittsburg has been awarded more funding money following their breakthrough research within the 3D printing industry. According to 3D Print, the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering has already received over $1 million to research 3D tech and how it could be used to improve the durability of gas turbine metal coatings. Now, Dr. Minking Chyu, Distinguished Service Professor and the Leighton and Mary Orr Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, has received even more funding. Dr. Chyu and his team of 3D researchers received $777,192 for the study, "Integrated Transpiration and Lattice Cooling Systems Developed by Additive Manufacturing with Oxide-Dispersion-Strengthened Alloy." The fu...
Is Your Child Learning Spanish?
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Is Your Child Learning Spanish?

Children in the United States are growing up in an increasingly diverse country. While walking down the street, it's possible to hear multiple languages spoken at once. And your child can certainly benefit from knowing more than one. This is why many parents choose to teach their children Spanish, as there are currently over 52 million Spanish speakers in the United States. If you would like to introduce your little one to this language, now is the time to start. Children are naturally able to acquire language skills during the first eight years of their lives, mostly through imitation, repetition, songs, and games. If you need an extra boost to teach your child Spanish or to order a Spanish curriculum, the following are some of the many benefits of doing so. Benefits Of Teachin...
Search for Malaysian Flight MH370 Resumes With the Help of Underwater Drones
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Search for Malaysian Flight MH370 Resumes With the Help of Underwater Drones

On March 8, 2014, Malaysian flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared. And now almost three years later, a Norwegian research ship is on its way to follow some educated guesses about its location in hopes of finding what's left of the aircraft. Ocean Infinity, a company based in Houston, Texas, is leasing the "Seabed Constructor", which will be accompanied by a fleet of eight autonomous submarine drones called HUGINs. Each HUGIN is 5 meters and weighs 1,800 kilograms. They are encased in titanium in order to protect the electronic innards against the atmospheric pressure. Some experts believe the plane crashed around 1,500 kilometers west of Australia, but the reality is that nobody actually knows where MH370 is. According to The Economist, the disappearance of MH370 lead to the large...
Miami Museum Of Ice Cream Under Fire From Environmentalists
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Miami Museum Of Ice Cream Under Fire From Environmentalists

The City of Miami Beach declared the sprinkles used at The Museum of Ice Cream to be an environmental hazard after plastic sprinkles started showing up on the beach. Who wants ice cream? Well, 90% of American housholds regularly indulge in this frozen dessert, so it makes sense that there's a museum dedicated to ice cream. An exhibit recently opened up featuring a giant pool of plastic rainbow sprinkles that Museum of Ice Cream guests could freely play in. This creative, colorful idea turned dark when officials realized how far these plastic pellets can travel. The potential for environmental repercussions was first noticed by environmentalist Dave Doebler who was walking by the museum one fateful night. He watched as happy museumgoers walked away, filming the little plastic pelle...
Dentist Urges Children to be Cautious While On Vacation This Winter
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Dentist Urges Children to be Cautious While On Vacation This Winter

Studies show that children with poor oral health are 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain. However, dentists are now fearing that kids with good oral health will be missing school due to something completely different. With the holidays in full swing, many families are heading out of town on holiday vacations. Some of them are even headed to more tropical venues where they can get their swimsuits out and spend time at the pool. For children, things like running around, riding bikes and scooters, and in the case of the holidays, sledding are all popular activities over winter vacations. However, these activities may actually be harmful to one's dental health. Nine-year-old Elanor Hall was on vacation with her family and decided to climb up a water slide at the...
The Housing Industry Prepares For Tax Plan Impacts
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The Housing Industry Prepares For Tax Plan Impacts

The new tax changes could have a significant impact on the housing market. As the new Republican tax bill inches closer to passing, housing economists, realtors, mortgage bankers, home builders, and homebuyers are all trying to predict how the industry will be affected. Currently, taxes on a new home are much lower in the first 12 to 24 months than on a resale home with similar value -- but that could all change in the near future. "This is mostly an issue on the two coasts, where home prices can routinely run $750,000 to $1 million or more," said Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, who predicts that the new lower limit of $750,000 mortgage interested deductions would impact high priced markets like New York City and San Francisco the most. "In most parts of the ...
New Data Shows Divorce Rates Are Expanding The Definition Of Family
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New Data Shows Divorce Rates Are Expanding The Definition Of Family

New data shows American families are growing in size despite Americans having fewer children than ever before. According to a recent survey conducted by the University of Massachusetts Boston, the average number of adult children increased by 66% when couples included stepchildren in the family headcount. The survey analyzed American households headed by married and unmarried cohabiting couples over and under the age of 55. Survey data showed that up to 33% of each household with couples over 55 had at least one stepchild. Additionally, a third of households with couples under 55 had at least on stepparent. Sadly, over 50% of American marriages end in divorce. The growing size of the American family stems from the rise in divorce and remarriage in the United States and up to 41% of a...
Is Sheet Metal Contributing to Fires Across the United States?
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Is Sheet Metal Contributing to Fires Across the United States?

Across the manufacturing industry, industrial sheet metal is the number one most common type of metal in use today. Though this metal is extreme useful, durable, easy to work with, and essential to modern life, like all great tools it also can be quite dangerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the metal fabrication industry is projected to grow by 9% from 2016 to 2026. Actually handling sheet metal is dangerous, yes, but it's the flammability aspect that really puts workers and other people in danger. Across the United States, more and more sheet metal plants and buildings have been catching fire as of late, prompting concern within the industry. According to the Ames Tribune, an agricultural construction company's metal building suffered $300,000 in damage aft...
Landscape Industry Relying Much More On Technology
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Landscape Industry Relying Much More On Technology

Technology is revolutionizing the landscaping industry on numerous fronts. Across the country, homeowners are constantly looking for ways to improve their properties. Landscaping projects are popular not only because they can increase a home's resale value by roughly 14%, but because they can truly transform the look and feel of a property. While this industry has been around for millennia in one form or another, thanks to some innovative thinkers, landscaping is now much more dependent on technology. According to Lawn and Landscape, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) technology -- drones -- are providing landscaping companies, homeowners, and individual contractors with high-tech aerial views of any kind of property. "Drone technology is going to change landscape archit...