Science and Technology articles, as requested by a member.
Genetics is a discipline of biology, the word "genetics" comes from the Ancient Greek word for origin. It is the science of heredity. This includes the study of genes, and the inheritance of variation and traits of living organisms.
In the laboratory, genetics can be studied by mating carefully selected organisms, and analysing their offspring. More informally, genetics is the study of how parents pass some of their characteristics to their children. It is an important part of biology, and gives the basic rules on which evolution acts.
The fact that living things inherit traits from their parents has been known since prehistoric times, and used to improve crop plants and animals through selective breeding. However, the modern science of genetics, which seeks to understand the process of inheritance, only began with the work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-nineteenth century.
Although he did not know the physical basis for heredity, Mendel observed that organisms inherit traits via discrete units of inheritance, which are now called genes.
Friend asked on the forum recently if a container of hot water could freeze faster than a container of cold water. I had heard on some TV program like QI or Horizon that it could, but I couldn't for the life of me remember how, or why. A bit of research on the net produced this article, which is republished with permission:-
Many people today are trying to save money on their energy bills and one of the more popular ways is through using solar energy. How does solar energy work?
Energy from the sun in the form of heat and light is abundantly available to everyone on Earth, even in places that do not get a lot of a sun. Did you know that the Earth receives more energy from the sun in an hour than our entire population can use in an entire year? With all that clean, renewable energy that is coming from the sun every day, it is worthwhile to figure out a way to use it.
Doing things the digital way certainly makes learning a whole lot easier these days. At your disposal, any time, anywhere are convenient devices for staying in touch with others and getting work accomplished. Smartphones are finding increasing use as tools for obtaining information and gaining knowledge on diverse topics.
No longer are mobile phones simply devices for making and receiving phone calls. No longer are the plethora of personal digital assistants only for organizing data, and hence your life. Today, smartphones combine the best features of both these devices and then add much more.