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Chad Banks

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My name is Chad Banks, I live in the swampy marsh region of southeast Louisiana with my wife and our daughter. People have lovingly called me “opinionated and mouthy”, so I suppose that’s part of my impetus for joining HubPages. I’m pretty sure I’ve told all my tales, shared all my beliefs, and basically bored my friends, coworkers and wife to death. So, I’m looking forward to a tabula rasa here, a place where I can stand tall on my soap box without exasperated gestures and sighs.

I am a science teacher turned businessman, but as they say, “you can take the man out of science, but you can never take the science out of the man.” My daughter now attends the high school where I taught, so I have my ex-colleagues watching her like a hawk.

I’m a prolific reader, especially of Victorian literature, philosophy and anything written by Carl Sagan. No one’s novels make me laugh harder than David Sedaris’.

I suppose I’m a wannabe writer. I did have my own pitiful little blog for about 18 months which thrust me into the status of an inveterate writer. Now, I need to put more of an effort into refinement. Any feedback or constructive criticism is welcome and encouraged.

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  • How Much Can An Ant Lift?
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    How Much Can An Ant Lift?

    5 years ago

    If you look at the ground during the summer months, you may catch sight of one or more ants carrying seeds or pieces of food towards their nest. The provisions are often very large compared to the ant. For an ant a...

  • What is Science?
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    What is Science?

    5 years ago

    For many thousands of years the earth was inhabited by creatures who lived and died without passing on their experiences to following generations. These early fish, reptiles, birds and mammals could only 'talk' to each...

  • Diesel Engine
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    Diesel Engine

    6 months ago

    The gasoline engine was a marked improvement on the steam engine and it achieved its greater efficiency of twenty-eight per cent by working at a higher temperature. In the same way, the diesel engine, with an increased...

  • Steam Power
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    Steam Power

    6 months ago

    No single person can be credited with the invention of the steam engine, though it is fairly certain that the cooking pot inspired many to investigate the possibility. As far back as r68o Robert Boyle and his French...

  • Kinetic Theory
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    Kinetic Theory

    6 months ago

    It was a German mathematician and philosopher, Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716), who in 1695 first suggested that heat and kinetic energy, or the energy of motion, had some connection. In 1780 Lavoisier and another French...

  • What is Power
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    What is Power

    6 months ago

    Man himself is a very complex engine, converting the chemical energy contained in the food he eats into various other forms of energy. He does this quite efficiently, but is nevertheless not a very powerful machine. To...

  • What is Perpetual Motion?
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    What is Perpetual Motion?

    6 months ago

    In the world of commerce, buying or selling usually involves paying a fee to an agent or stockbroker to cover the cost of the transaction. Nature, too, charges a commission on its energy transactions and, as a result,...

  • Work and Energy
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    Work and Energy

    6 months ago

    It is true that doing work makes people feel tired; yet feeling tired after standing for a long time in a train, or holding up a heavy weight, does not indicate that work has been done in a scientific sense. The...

  • Universal Gravitation
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    Universal Gravitation

    6 months ago

    Of all Newton's contributions to science, perhaps his greatest was the law of universal gravitation - a law which enabled him to answer so many of the questions which had puzzled scientists for centuries. His answer to...

  • What is Newton's Laws of Motion?
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    What is Newton's Laws of Motion?

    6 months ago

    Even today, many people are misled into believing that force is always necessary to make bodies move. Everyday experience indicates that when bodies are not being pushed or pulled they stay still. It therefore seems...

  • Motion on Earth
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    Motion on Earth

    5 years ago

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  • What is Motion?
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    What is Motion?

    6 months ago

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  • Relative Time
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    Relative Time

    6 months ago

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  • The Atomic Clock
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    The Atomic Clock

    5 years ago

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  • Clocks and Watches
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    Clocks and Watches

    2 years ago

    The forerunner of the modern clock was a rather clumsy, weight-driven mechanism used mainly in observatories, churches and public buildings. The discovery by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) of the laws governing the motion...

  • Longitude and Time
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    Longitude and Time

    5 years ago

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  • Sidereal and Solar Time
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    Sidereal and Solar Time

    5 years ago

    There is no absolute measure of time that is, there is no natural law which demands that a year must start at any given moment. Night and day occur at different times in different places around the earth's surface. The...

  • What is Time?
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    What is Time?

    6 months ago

    Every living thing is influenced by time, and since the days of early man we have accepted the passing of time as something natural and inevitable. Our early ancestors linked time directly with the position of the sun...

  • Neutrons and the Bohr Atom
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    Neutrons and the Bohr Atom

    6 months ago

    Although there was now a great deal of experimental evidence to support the latest atomic model, there were still one or two elements which did not fit exactly into the picture. It was not until 1933 that this mystery...

  • Discovery of Protons
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    Discovery of Protons

    5 months ago

    Scientific investigations, like detective stories, introduce evidence from many sources before the mystery is 'solved'. Research work in chemistry and electricity could not, alone, supply all the facts needed to make...

  • Electrons and Ions
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    Electrons and Ions

    6 months ago

    In Britain, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) had established the laws governing the way in which electric currents decompose (or break down) solutions containing chemical compounds. These electrical currents caused atoms to...

  • Radioactivity
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    Radioactivity

    6 months ago

    The 19th century scientists achieved a great deal and it was tempting for them to believe that the ultimate truth of the nature of matter was just around the corner. They had great confidence in the wonderful structure...

  • Atomic Weights
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    Atomic Weights

    6 months ago

    From the middle of the 19th century, scientists were hard at work on experiments designed to reveal the composition, formulas and chemical properties of their new-found compounds. They tried, like stamp collectors, to...

  • Chemical Substances
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    Chemical Substances

    6 months ago

    Men interested in chemistry in the Middle Ages were called alchemists and most of them were concerned with the fruitless search for a secret compound which could turn base metal into gold. But by the 17th century the...

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases
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    Solids, Liquids and Gases

    5 years ago

    One of the commonest substances on earth is water and we are well aware of its presence all around us in liquid form. Yet it is very easy to change the liquid state of water into a gas by boiling it in a kettle until it...

  • The Nature of Matter
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    The Nature of Matter

    6 months ago

    A visitor from outer space, taking his first look at our world from high in the sky, might very easily think that the countryside was filled with a series of channels through which flowed a curious black liquid. From...

  • Goliath Beetle
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    Goliath Beetle

    4 months ago

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  • Armadillos
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    Armadillos

    5 years ago

    The armadillo has no fixed limits to its hunting grounds. It roams around at night looking for insects and roughage. Its burrow is several feet deep. and it rests there during the day.

  • Amoeba
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    Amoeba

    5 years ago

    The amoeba, sometimes called the simplest of the protozoa, can be collected from the under surface of water lilies and the stems of water plants. This unicellular animal appears as a gray blob of jelly, somewhat...

  • What is Paramecium?
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    What is Paramecium?

    5 years ago

    Paramecium is a protozoan and belongs to a group called Infusoria, all members of which possess cilia either all of their lives or at least part of their lives. (Cilia are the "hairs," by which these animals move...

  • What is Protozoa?
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    What is Protozoa?

    5 years ago

    Protozoa, their very name meaning "first animals", are found on every continent as they are swept along by tides and currents of oceans and streams. They can even be blown along by winds as they have the ability to...

  • How to Tell If Your Pet Is Sick
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    How to Tell If Your Pet Is Sick

    5 years ago

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  • Choosing the Right Pet
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    Choosing the Right Pet

    5 years ago

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  • The Honey-Makers
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    The Honey-Makers

    5 years ago

    Most likely you know a lot about bees already, because such an enormous amount has been written about them. But every time I go around looking for something new and interesting, a bee seems to come along before anything...

  • The Acrobatic Grasshopper
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    The Acrobatic Grasshopper

    5 years ago

    Have you ever tried to catch a grasshopper? If so, you know how cunning you have to be, for there is nothing more expert than a grasshopper at springing away when you come anywhere near it. Tess and Chris often catch...

  • The Mantis - A Very Special Insect
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    The Mantis - A Very Special Insect

    5 months ago

    If ever you should find a praying mantis in your garden, stop and have a good look at it, because it's one of the most entertaining insects in the world.

  • The Tiny World of Ants
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    The Tiny World of Ants

    4 months ago

    If you were an ant, you would be one of the busiest creatures in the world. You would work practically all day and all night, scarcely ever stopping to sleep. Then, when you did snatch a little sleep, you would have it...

  • Aphids: The Cows of the Insect World
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    Aphids: The Cows of the Insect World

    5 years ago

    No matter how troublesome certain things might be in your garden - like aphids, for instance - you only have to look at them closely to realize how beautiful they are. We have a native cotton plant in our garden-the one...

  • Busy Little Silverfish
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    Busy Little Silverfish

    5 months ago

    It's funny how many things are given the wrong names. The rock lily, for instance, is an orchid that prefers to live on trees, the sea anemone is not a flower but an animal, the white ant is not an ant, and the...

  • The Kindly Cicada
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    The Kindly Cicada

    5 years ago

    The cicada looks like the kind of thing you wouldn't like to meet in the dark. Perhaps you wouldn't like to meet him at all. Yet he is quite harmless in spite of his looks-and when grown-up, he is actually very...

  • What is Water?
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    What is Water?

    5 years ago

    Because water is the most inexpensive of all liquids and because it is an excellent solvent, it is the most useful substance in industry. It is used in countless washing processes and as a solvent for thousands of...

  • One isn't the loneliest number
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    One isn't the loneliest number

    6 years ago

    The word "zero" is derived from the Arabic sifr meaning "something empty" ("cipher" is a related word). The use of zero as a visible mark of absence was a striking innovation of the Arabic notation that reached Europe...

  • Anarchist... Anarchy... Anarchism
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    Anarchist... Anarchy... Anarchism

    6 years ago

    Anarchism is a theory of social organization that represents the extreme of individualism. It looks upon all law and government as invasive, the twin sources of nearly all social evils. It therefore advocates the...

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