Good Science Fair Projects On Trees

In a previous article "Let's do a green science fair project" we had a look at the effects on soil erosion and rainfall of the cutting down of the rain forests. Our theme is still having a look at how nature works and what we can do to preserve our planet. Today we are going to have a look at trees and how they grow. We are going to try and understand why they differ in different parts of the world. This is a very good science fair project for someone who is interested in nature and loves going for walks. Remember, when you're doing this science fair project to take an adult with you to ensure your safety. Please do not go wandering on your own. To be honest this is probably a good science fair project for adults as well! A walk in nature is always relaxing.

In different parts of the world trees grow differently according to the kind of weather you get in different parts of the world. This is a good science fair project to not only learn about trees but also what the effect of weather is on the way that trees grow. Trees can be studied in your garden or when you go for a walk in a park. Choose an area that has a lot of different trees that you can study.

First we need to know a little more about trees in general before we continue. You get several different kinds of trees. In the tropical rainforest, at the equator, the weather never changes much and winter and summer have temperatures that are very close together. We have already seen how the trees influence the rainfall in our previous article. In the tropical forests most trees are evergreen as heat and water are not a problem. In areas where the weather is moderate trees have broad leaves that they shed during winter to slow down the tree's metabolism and conserve water for when it is less plentiful because the ground water is frozen and this also reduces damage by frost.

Our first project is to try and identify some trees in our area and then in a later project we are going to measure them.

This is what you will need to help you identify them:

* A field guide to the local trees

* A notebook

* A pen

* Colored pencils

This is what you need to do when identifying the trees:

1. Whilst walking in the area you have chosen, try and identify the trees according to your field guide.

2. Look at things such the general height and shape of the trees.

3. Use the appearance of the bark as well as the leaves to compare with your field guide. Look at the color and shape of the leaves and the fruits and the seeds of the trees to help you.

4. Make meticulous notes and drawings for your display.

5. Give attention to the height of …

Makeshift Piano Stands

If you are trying to go on the cheap and use random things around the house to support your piano, you’d better be careful.

What do most people have laying around the house that would be a candidate for a piano stand?

Should I just use a table? Sure, you could use a coffee table. Most coffee tables are very low though. Not many are long enough to support the full length of a digital piano though. Depending on your actual coffee table, it could not be very sturdy. If it has glass on the center, your table may not even be completely level. This could put excess pressure on the glass–a disaster waiting to happen.

How about a regular desk? Desks are usually extremely high to put a piano on it. You may be able to get away with putting very thin keyboards on a desk to practice at home. It will take up a ton of space, and you will need to clear off your desk every time you use it. Digital pianos will dominate the entire desk, almost requiring the entire surface. You may as well dedicate something that works as a better piano stand!

If you have textbooks or heavy phone books laying around, they are an option. All those books you couldn’t sell back in college are sitting around collecting dust, so why not try to find a use for them, right? They may weigh a ton, but they are definitely not sturdy! Get into some emotional lines of music, get carried away, and your books could tumble or your piano could very well slide off and crash. What a waste! Bad idea unless all you have is a piano and books in your studio apartment scrounging coins for your next ramen meal.

Unused chars is another option. This can be stable, but chairs are rarely flat all the way across. Heavy pianos can have unnecessary pressure on the wrong points. This can cause bending or stress on the expensive piano of yours! Also the chairs get in the way of using a pedal below since your feet are blocked off. My advice is to not have any makeshift piano stands at all!…

Paul McCartney Tours Spanned Over Three Decades

In this day and age it's rare that a rock n 'roll career lasts more than a few years, much less a decade. Of course there are some acts that have lasted the years through fluctuations of styles and genres of music's ever-changing fads. However, few can even come close to bragging of a career that's spanned three decades, as Sir Paul McCartney can.

The greatest part of it all is that it goes beyond that, since the three decades that we speak of are only from his solo career. Of course you can not forget the thirteen years before that while he toured with a small little group known as The Beatles. You may have heard of them.

Paul began his solo career by releasing his first album, "McCartney" two weeks before the Beatles released their last album "Abbey Road." That first solo album had a warm welcome from fans, and so he went on to release a second album in 1971 called "Ram." On this one, he included his new wife Linda McCartney so that they could be on tour together.

After "Ram," he started the super group Wings, with wife Linda McCartney, as well as Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, and drummer Denny Seiwell. The band started an unexpected tour in 1972 through Europe in small venues and various British University Auditoriums.

Wings' first live show was unannounced – and uninvited – and was for students at Nottingham University on February 9, 1972. Paul and Linda, their children, the band and pet dogs all drove north from London in a van, heading for towns picked at random and asking passers-by if their town had a university.

"Our first stop, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, said no," said Paul, "Nottingham said yes."

The price of entry at Wings' first show – at lunchtime in the Nottingham students union hall – was 50p on the door. Wings – Paul, Linda, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarists Denny Laine and Henry McCullough, received a bag of 50p pieces, which were distributed among the band later in the back of the van.

For their first UK tour in 1972, Wings set out with no promoter, no advance or on-the-road publicity, no venues booked and no hotels booked. Hotels were called at the last minute.

From there, McCartney appeared to get the touring bug again and started producing albums and touring with Wings almost every year to year and a half through to 1979. These included 1973 UK tour, 1975-1976 world tour & 1979 UK tour. The last ever kings concert was at Hammersmith Odeon, England December 29th 1979 and was a charity concert for the people of Kampuchea.

Wings were also due to tour Japan in 1980 but unfortunately Paul was arrested and jailed in Japan for carrying marijuana and the tour was canceled. This was also the end of wings

In the 1980s McCartney ventured out on his own again, and recorded "McCartney II," where, just like on his first self-titled album, he played every …

10 Reasons Adults Go Back to School

Over two million adult Americans go to school every year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. People start or return to school for many reasons. The following list is a sampling.

1) To learn more about a hobby or an interest. Do you long to play golf? Have you always wanted to learn write, knit or play the guitar? Then maybe adult education classes are for you. These classes could be offered through a university or college extension program or through a church or community center, or they may be at a place of higher education for credit. Participating in a class or two can teach you something new or how to do something with more skill than you already possess. And if you take a class for credit–say, European History to help with your genealogy project–you might find the basis of an education that leads to a second career.

2) To learn a foreign language for travel or fun. Have you always wanted to go to France or India or China, but are worried about not speaking the language? Enroll in a foreign language class so you have the basics to make your travels easier. Classes are usually categorized as “conversational”, “for travel” or by level (i.e., French I, Spanish I, etc.). Any classes will teach you the basics–such as how to say yes, no, ask for directions, inquire as to where the bathroom is, order food, etc.

3) To set a good precedent for your children. Maybe you didn’t get as much education as you wanted. Maybe you want your child to stay in school and to learn as much as possible. Sometimes the best way to lead a child is by example. If you do your homework every night, so will your child. And you can sit at the table together and use it as bonding time.

4) To get a career. Did you not have time to go to school like you wanted? You had your children at a young age, or the opportunity or finances wasn’t there and now you are thinking of what you’d like to do with your life. The thing you currently get up and go to every day is your job; you wouldn’t call it a career, but now you are ready for one. Going to school, whether a trade school, a community college or a university, can get you on track to create a career from your current occupation.

5) For career advancement. Maybe you are in a job you love but you aren’t sure what the next step is: do you want to become a manager or a specialist? Additional education can make the difference between paralegal and lawyer or between medical receptionist and medical assistant.

6) To find a new career. Were you in a job that was recently phased out? Are you still using DOS while the rest of the world is using Windows? Sometimes it isn’t your choice to go back to school, but …