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Nerd Knowledge: Everything You Need to Know About NOAA Weather Radio

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER Spring is here and we must prepare for potentially dangerous weather conditions. Today’s technology allows us to easily keep abreast of the weather and to receive emergency alerts anywhere, anytime. What is NOAA weather radio? According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, “NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide […]

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Nerd Knowledge: Tornadoes 101

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER Tornadoes are among the most violent natural occurrences on the planet. They can destroy multi-story buildings, hurl houses and semis into the air, and drive a straw into a tree. The wind speeds from these rotating storms can reach 318 mph (512 kph). Although a hurricane can generate 10,000,000,000 (10 billion)

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Nerd Knowledge: Is 5G Cell Phone Technology Safe?

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER Health risk concerns of 5G abound. This next generation of cell phone service can employ frequencies as high as 39 GHz. Most cell phones operate in the 2.5 to 4.2 GHz range. These “high-band” frequencies are the primary cause for concern. These “millimeter” waves do not penetrate solid objects well, so

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Nerd Knowledge: What is Homeopathy?

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER Homeopathy is an alternative medical practice based on the belief that extremely small amounts of certain natural substances can be used to treat various ailments. Homeopathy was developed in the late 1700s by Samuel Hahnemann, a medical doctor in Germany. Hahnemann theorized that “like cures like” and that minute concentrations of

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Nerd Knowledge: DIY De-Icer Tip

BY CHARLES BETZLER , HERALD WRITER To make your own de-icer, pour rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle. The ratio is ⅔ alcohol to ⅓ water. You now have a “homemade” de-icer that works quite well for much less than the cost of commercial de-icers. Do wind turbines and solar panels work in the

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Nerd Knowledge: How Do Microwave Ovens Work?

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER How do microwave ovens work? The short answer is friction, like rubbing two sticks together. The long answer is a little more complicated, but I will explain the science behind the microwave oven. What are microwaves? Microwaves are electromagnetic waves that fly through space at the speed of light. Microwaves are

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Nerd Knowledge: Logic 101

BY CHARLES BETZLER  HERALD WRITER What is Logic? Logic is the study of accurate or inaccurate reasoning. Logicians (people who study logic) wish to know what makes sound reasoning sound and unsound reasoning unsound. Comprehending these questions assist us in avoiding errors in our reasoning and permits us to assess the reasoning of others. It causes

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Nerd Knowledge: Everything You Wanted To Know About GMOs

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER A Genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism that has had its DNA altered through genetic engineering. Typically, a GMO has been modified with DNA from another organism. This could be from a plant, bacterium, virus, or an animal. These organisms are often called “transgenic” organisms. With the exception of vaccines

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Nerd Knowledge: The Science of Fabric Softeners

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER The first fabric softeners were created by the textile industry during the early twentieth century. The process used to dye cotton fibers left them feeling harsh. In the early 1900s, compounds known as cotton softeners were developed to improve the feel of these fibers after dyeing. A cotton softener usually consisted

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Nerd Knowledge: How Do Touchscreens Work?

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER Perhaps nothing is more ubiquitous than the touchscreen. From smartphones and tablets to ATMs and self-serve kiosks at McDonald’s, they are part of our everyday lives. Touchscreens were first developed in the 1960s by E.A. Johnson to help support air traffic controllers in the United Kingdom. However, it was not until

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