Planting New Grass

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Now that spring is here, you may want to consider planting grass to spruce up your lawn. The winter often shows where your lawn needs the most help, and the wet weather of spring can be a big help. By the way, fall is also a good time to plant.The two primary ways of planting new grass in a lawn is:Laying Sod Planting Grass SeedIn both cases, you'll want to prepare the land. It's good to have tilled and graded land (churned up and smoothed out) to get ready ... Read More

You Might Not Be Sick After All:

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Imagine that you are living in South Florida and you decide to get tested for Zika. The test comes back positive. How likely is it that you actually have Zika? You may initially think that this is a simple question to answer; if you tested positive then you must have Zika. Right? However, as you think about it more, you realize that there is a possibility that there might be a false alarm. So you realize that it isn’t a certainty that you have the disease, and y... Read More

Corn Harvest Prediction

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Predicting the future can be really helpful in farming, but unless you know something about dead-cats and phases of the moon that I don't, the only real way to predict crop yields is with good science and good scientific tools. The good news is that for corn growers, the science is pretty simple, and the tools are free and you can use them via the calculator link featured below.The science was developed by agriculture instructors at the University of Maryland and t... Read More

How do I Hurricane-Proof my house?

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The bad news is that it's impossible to completely hurricane-proof your house even if you're hundreds of miles in-land. One of the most damaging aspects of hurricanes and tropical storms is the rising water from the storm surge if you're near the beach or flood waters from creeks and rivers inland. To see what I mean, go to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, make sure you look for the building with the markers up the wall that shows the flood levels in the middle of town... Read More

Turn Silver into Cash with Math!

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If you take a look around your house at any given moment, you'll quickly find that you probably have a lot more silver laying around than you realized. Maybe you've got some old jewelry sitting around that you never wear anymore (seriously, a pinky ring? What were you thinking?), some old coins or maybe that old smartphone that you upgraded years ago has a lot of little silver components hidden inside the case.What you probably DON'T realize is that you might have q... Read More

Zeinab Bandpey Wins vCalc Award for Excellence

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April 6, 2016 - vCalc, the Internet-based software company, based in Frederick, MD, that provides hundreds of unique calculators for people all over the world, is incredibly excited to announce that Zeinab Bandpey has received an Award for Excellence for her contributions to the site. Her custom calculator helps the people of Iran calculate the Holiday Award they receive each year from their employer. In Iran, all employees receive a Holiday Bonus on No-Rooz, which ... Read More