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Archive: 2015

Wolf 1061 - A Super Earth in the neighborhood.

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By measuring the difference in light emitted and motion (wobble) of stars, astronomers are able to detect more and more planets outside of our solar system. Scientists have recently detected a planet that is relatively close to Earth called Wolf 1061c. This planet is interesting for two reasons. It's close enough that people could actually live long enough to get to it if we make some breakthroughs in space flight. It's in the Life Zone around its star, not too cl... Read More

Perfect Christmas Tree Lights with This Handy Calculator

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There are few things better than sitting back with a nice cup of eggnog and enjoying a brilliantly lit Christmas tree in the comfort of your own home. Yet at the same time, there are few things worse than all of the work and stress that you have to go through putting the Christmas tree lights up to actually get to that point in the first place. How many lights do you have to buy? How should you string them up to get the best results? Why will that one strand of l... Read More

Is Your Carry On Gonna Fly? Let’s Do the Math!

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To say that airlines are always looking for new ways to charge consumers money is something of an understatement. Not only is the space between seats getting smaller on many major airlines (along with the seats themselves), but it's actually gotten worse going into the 2015 holiday season. The International Air Transport Association has recently recommended a new carry on size for airlines that is actually smaller than the size that most are going with right now. ... Read More

Counting the Christmas Costs - A Handy Holiday Calculator

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The simple fact of the matter is that before you run out and spend thousands of dollars on gifts for those closest to you, there are always a few key things to keep in mind. Unless you have the luxury to pay for all of your purchases in cash, which statistically speaking you probably don't, you're probably looking towards your credit card(s) for financial stability this holiday season. While this is largely the reason they were invented in the first place, that does... Read More

Guaranteed to Warm You - Calculating the Cost of Firewood

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I’ve used firewood to heat my homes for decades. When my wife and I were dating in college, we’d walk around the neighborhood and occasionally see the flicker of firelight from the windows of a home, and we’d always comment that we wanted a fireplace someday (queue the Beach Boys “Wouldn’t it be Nice”). Over the years we’ve had fire places, wood stoves and an outdoor wood furnace (above). For a while, back during Y2K, we even had a wood-fired kitchen stove that w... Read More

Bringing Your Plants in For the Winter!

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The cold winter months of the year are right around the corner, which has a number of implications for our daily lives that go beyond just the fact that you'll have to shelve those backyard barbecue plans for another few months. You'll need to think about all of the preparation you need to do on the inside and outside of your house to make sure that you're ready for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you - and rest assured, she certainly will. You'll definit... Read More

Deep Frying Your Turkey this Year? You'll Need This Calculator!

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Thanksgiving is on the horizon yet again and the minds of food aficionados everywhere are all undoubtedly trained on the same topic: delicious, incredible turkey dinners. If you had to make a list of all of the qualities that really illustrate why Thanksgiving is such a beloved holiday, that traditional family meal would no doubt be right at the top. Turkey dinner isn't just a great opportunity to indulge in one of life's finer pleasures, but it's also a great chanc... Read More

How Math Can Help Make Your Halloween That Much Spookier and More Delicious

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October has rolled around once again, which means one thing and one thing only for millions of kids all over the country: Halloween is right around the corner. For many youngsters out there, Halloween is a day that is about a lot more than just getting to dress up as their favorite costumed superhero or about trying to scare one another. It's about candy. More specifically, it's about getting more candy than your friends so that you can enjoy sweet, delicious bragging... Read More