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A Few Jane Austen-Related Places to Visit

England has numerous sites where you can explore the life and work of Jane Austen. The following are just the tip of the iceberg. When you get to your hotel or bed and breakfast in London, find one of [more…]

Chemistry -- Subatomic Particles

The exploration of atomic structure began in 1911, when Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealander who worked in Canada and England, discovered that atoms had a dense central [more…]

SAT II Biology: Getting the Lowdown on Format and Content

The SAT II Biology test allows you to choose an emphasis. You can either take the exam with the "E" emphasis or the one with the "M" emphasis. Both tests start out with a core section of 60 questions that [more…]

Conjugating the Irregular Spanish Verb Hacer (to Do/Make)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like hacer, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Pronouncing the Spanish Double Consonants ll and rr

Spanish has two double consonants, ll and rr. Each pair is considered a single letter, and each has a singular sound. Because these consonants are considered singular, they stick together when you separate [more…]

Expressing Uncertainty in Spanish with the Imperfect Subjunctive

You always use the Spanish imperfect subjunctive verb tense to express uncertainty about a past action, but several other key words and circumstances can also clue you in to the need for the imperfect [more…]

Singular or Plural: Making Spanish Adjectives Agree

Spanish adjectives must agree in gender and number with the nouns they describe so that they can accurately and precisely describe the noun or pronoun in question. What does “agree” mean exactly? When [more…]

The Law and Your Job: Dealing with Employment-Related Discrimination

At some point in your working career, you may believe that you have been the victim of employment-related discrimination. In most cases, your first response should be an informal one — bring the problem [more…]

What Is a Freemason Lodge?

The word lodge really has two meanings to a Freemason. It is both a place where Masonic meetings are held, and a collective term for the members who meet there. So, as weird as it sounds, you could say [more…]

Forming the Subjunctive of Spelling- and Stem-Changing Spanish Verbs

Forming the subjunctive mood of Spanish verbs is pretty easy, despite the subjunctive’s bad reputation among many Spanish students. The following sections show you how to turn stem- and spelling-changing [more…]

Plant Biology: Roots, Shoots, Stems, and Leaves

Your basic vascular plant parts are roots, shoots, stems, and leaves. Of course, there's a wealth of variety within these types or parts, but it boils down to those four. Each part has distinct functions [more…]

Physics: Emitting and Absorbing Light — Radiation

You get out of the shower soaking wet in the dead of winter, and you're toasty warm. Why? Because of a little physics, of course. In particular, the heat lamp you have in your bathroom. The heat lamp beams [more…]

Surviving the Black Death

Europeans in the fourteenth century were looking at the world in a new way, seeing far-off places as desirable, worth finding out about, maybe worth acquiring. Yet before Europeans really got out and started [more…]

Figuring Out What Freemasons Believe In

There is no international administrative or controlling authority over Freemasonry. There's no office anyone can call to get the official, worldwide policy position of Freemasons, because there is no such [more…]

Good, Better, Best: Irregular Comparatives in Spanish

Spanish has a couple of adjectives and adverbs that are exceptions when it comes to forming the comparative and superlative.

As adjectives, bueno (good), [more…]

Wising Up to Weather Words

You hear these words all the time on your local weather forecast: highs and lows and temperatures and pressures and wind chills and humidities and chances of showers and wind speeds and directions. But [more…]

Meeting the Third Branch of U.S. Government: The Supreme Court

The judiciary is often called the third branch of government. Why, you might ask, if it's so important, does the Court come in last in the American tri-partite system? In part, this designation is the [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Bailar (to Dance)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like bailar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Examining the Battle of Good vs. Evil in Tolkien's Middle-earth

Tolkien was clear in the stories of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings that the struggle between good and evil is never-ending. No sooner did the Valar vanquish Melkor than Sauron emerged in Middle-earth [more…]

Napoleon's Waterloo

Waterloo is a small town a few miles south of Brussels, Belgium. It's an unassuming place, with a church, a few inns, and some homes surrounded by old stone farmhouses and lots of open fields. Those farms [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Hablar (to Speak)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like hablar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Making Superlatives in Spanish Is the Best!

The superlative shows that something (or someone) is the best or worst of its (or his or her) kind. In Spanish, the article (el, la, los, las) that comes before [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Subir (to Go Up/Ascend)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like subir, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Going with the Flow in Geography: Ocean Currents

The oceans have warm and cold surface currents that act like a global heating and air-conditioning system. They bring significant warmth to high latitude areas that would otherwise be much cooler, and [more…]

Concerning the Nature of Hobbits in Tolkien's Middle-earth

Tolkien seems to have regarded the Elves as his favorite creatures of Middle-earth, but most of his readers seem to be hobbit-lovers at heart. They find hobbits to be the most likeable and also to be the [more…]

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