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The biochemical process of photosynthesis uses energy from sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are used as building blocks within plants for tissue growth. Thus, photosynthesis is the way that plants grow roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits.
Urban living creates challenges for gardeners. With only small decks or balconies, there isn't a lot of room to pursue a love of plants. With careful planning, though, even the smallest balcony can become a lush, serene area in which to relax. Just as in a large landscape, a balcony garden requires
While woodworking, it is sometimes necessary to create structures that require wood to be bent. This is especially true for projects such as boat-building. This may seem like a nearly impossible task for most people to accomplish, as most wood is rigid and inflexible. However, not only can wood be b
Knowing how to remove silver plating from items like jewelry or flatware is useful if you want to strip off old, weathered silver as a first step toward replating the item with new silver. You can also use it as a way of recovering precious silver from items you intend to throw away. Both the applic
Walleyes are a freshwater fish that belong to the perch family. They are commonly found in the fresh waters of the U.S., Canada and Japan, although they have the ability to thrive in salt water should the need arise. Walleyes can live for up to 26 years, according to the "Knee Deep Club." Sexing wal
Mushrooms grow throughout Illinois, from the Wisconsin border in the north to the Kentucky border in the south. Step into a forest or walk across a lawn and you are sure to find mushrooms. Of course, common sense dictates caution as edible mushrooms and poisonous mushrooms are easily misidentified.
Do you ever wonder what makes a camera work? It seems simple enough to look through the lens, point and click, but very few of us ever take the time to figure out what enables the camera to take a photograph.Without camera prisms, taking pictures would be virtually impossible. They are the rea
It is increasingly clear that male and female brains are different. Studies from Scientific American, Tarleton State University and Washington University strongly suggest the old stereotypes are true: the male brain is based on systematizing objects, estimating distances and reasoning, while the fem
Climate vs. WeatherClimate describes the overall tendencies over a long period of time with respect to the "average" weather in a given location. Weather, on the other hand, is what's happening around you. When it snows, it's weather. When it snows every winter for the past several...
A light box is a useful tool to have when you want to create papercraft projects as it allows you to easily trace a picture or see a grid through a piece of paper so you can align elements on the project. Light boxes are sold at craft stores, but they can be costly. Make your own light box with so
While coloring books are fun for children of all ages, when your kids are done with one, you may not want to simply throw it away. Instead, be a little green and learn ways to recycle the coloring pages right from the coloring books. You can do this by yourself or ask your kids to help so you can te
Handgun hunting is a challenging sport. Instead of taking a shot on that prized buck at distances of several hundred yards, hunting deer with a handgun requires you to get much closer to your quarry. The 1911-style handgun firing the .45-caliber ACP cartridge is an extremely popular and well-proven
Thunderstorms and tornadoes are both forms of extreme weather that cause damage to properties and loss of life. Thunderstorms always produce heavy rainfall, high winds and thunder and lightening. Tornadoes occur across the world and their formation is associated with powerful thunderstorms. Tornadoe
Sulphonic acids are a group of organic acids that contain sulphur. The proper procedures for safely using sulphonic acids vary depending on the specific type of acid, and some safety steps are more important for some types than others. Some sulphonic acids are very weak and cause little harm, and so
A great thing about ham radio is that you can spend literally as much or as little as you can afford and still enjoy the hobby. In fact, you will likely enjoy it more by building your own simple equipment, and then making contacts with it. An inexpensive way to begin is to build your own antenna tun
Farmers, fertilizer producers, transporters, and processors work together in complex ways to generate the world's food supply.Farm Crops image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.comFarming is a process of transformation. The simple inputs of sunlight, nutrients, and water nourish seedlings as they...