April 7, 2023
How much damage can a suitcase nuke do?

Introduction It's 2020, and you're sitting at home watching the news. The anchor reports that a terrorist group has detonated a suitcase nuke in downtown Los Angeles. You might wonder: How much damage could this do? How many people would die? What would happen next? A lot of questions, but fortunately we have some answers. […]

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April 6, 2023
Can combustion take place in the absense of oxygen and air?

Introduction I'm a little confused about the chemistry of combustion. I know that when a hydrocarbon (like methane) burns, it combines with oxygen and forms carbon dioxide and water. I also know that in an absence of air, the hydrocarbon doesn't burn completely and leaves carbon monoxide, which is harmful for our health. Does this […]

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March 30, 2023
Do you know what suspended coffee is?

Introduction If you've ever been in an airport, chances are you've seen a homeless person asking for change. While most of us choose to ignore them and pretend they aren't there, some people take action and try to help those who need it. A few years ago, these good Samaritans started a trend called 'suspended […]

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March 22, 2023
Why does PCR need to be done in a PCR hood?

Introduction PCR is the process by which short strands of DNA are replicated many times over. The resulting pieces become the template for a new strand but do not themselves have any specific function. These strands are used to determine whether or not your sample contains certain nucleic acids that you're looking for (like viral […]

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March 13, 2023
How is oxygen separated from nitrogen?

Introduction Compressed air is roughly 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 1% Argon and small percentages of other gases. By using a zeolite molecular sieve to separate compressed air, the primary constituent/s are removed depending on the size of the pores in the sieve. This means that if you have a pore size of 4 angstroms (*) […]

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March 6, 2023
How to run a 7.5hp 3-phase motor on the solar panel?

Introduction If you have enough solar panels and battery banks, you will be able to power a 7.5hp three phase motor. The average solar panel is rated at approx 200 watts per panel, so in your case you would need approx 250 x 200 = 50,000 watts of solar panels. Inverters are measured in watts, […]

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February 28, 2023
What is auxiliary pump?

Introduction An Auxiliary Pump is a block that generates power from Fuel or Oil when supplied with a Redstone signal. It takes one bucket of fuel or oil per second and provides 80 RF/tick for each bucket consumed. The Auxiliary Pump must be placed next to an Electric Pump , but does not have to […]

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February 24, 2023
Is the clutch kick drift better for your car than the e-brake drift?

Introduction Drifting is a fun way to take your car to the next level. It's also a great excuse for you and your friends to hang out in your driveway and smoke cigarettes (if you're into that sort of thing). But what do you need to drift? Well, there's a debate raging across the nation […]

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February 15, 2023
Is Mechatronics harder than chemical engineering?

Introduction I've heard it a million times: "Is mechatronics harder than chemical engineering?" The short answer is yes. But what does that mean, exactly? I'll address this question in detail below. Yes, mechatronics engineering is harder than chemical engineering. As a student in a mechatronics engineering program, you are likely aware that the field is […]

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February 6, 2023
Do all aircraft carry depleted uranium as counterweights?

Introduction If you have ever seen an aircraft close up, you may have noticed that some of them have strange chunks of metal hanging out at the back. This is because in aircraft, counterweights use heavy metals to offset weight. In aircraft, counterweights use heavy metals to offset weight. When it comes to aircraft, counterweights […]

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