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Introducing Yourself and Your Friends in German

Meeting and greeting often requires introductions. You might be accompanied by friends when you meet somebody, or you might have to introduce your wife or husband to your boss at a formal dinner party. [more…]

Writing in French with Masculine and Feminine Nouns

A basic, singular noun refers to just one of something: a book, the cheese, my house. In English, that's about all there is to know about singular nouns. French, however, adds a little more to it: Every [more…]

Freemason Lodge Officers

Officers are elected by the members of the lodge, although a few are appointed by the Worshipful Master. In most lodges, the officers serve in their positions for one year. The names and duties of the [more…]

The Hope Scholarship Credit: Giving Tuition Payers a Little Hope

One of the best tax incentives aimed at middle class parents of college students is the Hope Scholarship Credit. Under this plan, the government offers up to [more…]

Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle: The Big Three in Greek Philosophy

Much of Western philosophy finds its basis in the thoughts and teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. You can't begin a study of world philosophy without talking about these guys: the Big Three ancient [more…]

Endosymbiotic Theory

Taxonomy and phylogeny (the ways in which living things are connected, categorized, and named) ultimately boil down to questions of origins: who begat whom, and who originally begat the begetters, and [more…]

Asking Simple Questions in Italian

You usually ask a question to start a conversation. Of course, you don't necessarily have to ask the well-known: "Nice weather today, isn't it?" You have lots of other possibilities for framing a question [more…]

How SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) Works

The developers of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) made every effort to make the software easy to use. This prevents you from making mistakes or even forgetting something. That's [more…]

How to Speak French: Common French Expressions

When learning to speak French, master a few common expressions to build your conversation skills. Almost everyone who speaks French uses the following list of phrases: These expressions are so very French [more…]

Robert's Rules: Getting Comfortable with Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary procedure refers to the practices used in meetings to keep things orderly and give everybody a fair chance to be heard for at least as long as it takes for everybody to realize that nothing [more…]

Improving Your Vocabulary for the ASVAB

Having an extensive vocabulary can help you do well on the Word Knowledge ASVAB subtest. But even if you don't have a huge vocabulary, the strategies in this article can help you make up for that. [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Leer (to Read)

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

Figuring Out Cardiac Anatomy: Your Heart

The circulatory system — or cardiovascular system— consists of the heart and the blood vessels. The heart, the main organ of the circulatory system, causes blood to flow. The heart's pumping action squeezes [more…]

Supreme Court Case Study: Bush v. Gore

Perhaps no event better illustrates the power of the United States Supreme Court than the resolution of the 2000 presidential election. Just when you thought the separation of powers issue had been settled [more…]

Getting to Know German Verb Tenses

"Tense" is the grammarians' preferred word for "time." Depending when the action that you're talking about is taking place, you pick a tense. The ways to look at the concept of time differ slightly from [more…]

Assembling the Double Helix: The Structure of DNA

Nucleotides are the true building blocks of DNA. There are three components of a single nucleotide: one deoxyribose sugar, one phosphate, and one of the four bases. To make a complete DNA molecule, single [more…]

Debating Who Actually Won the Civil War

Wars are won and lost for thousands of reasons. Civil wars, because of the bitterness and cruelty they entail, often result in long debates about why one side defeated the other. No one is ever satisfied [more…]

Science Fair Project: Making Efficient Use of Solar Panels

All life on earth depends on the sun for heat, warmth, and energy. Solar panels allow people to capture the sun's rays to create electricity. But are solar panels operating at top efficiency? [more…]

Who Gets Free Money for College?

Free money gets awarded to the students who are most attractive to people awarding the money. "Attractive" in this case doesn't mean the ability to win a beauty contest, so exposing yourself in a bikini [more…]

Setting Up Simple Sentences in Italian

Becoming a fluent speaker of a foreign language takes a lot of work. Simply communicating or making yourself understood in a foreign language is much easier. Even if you know only a few words, you can [more…]

How Plants Get Water and Nutrients

Plants absorb nutrients and water through their roots, but photosynthesis — the process by which plants create their fuel — occurs in the leaves. Therefore, plants need to get fluids and nutrients from [more…]

Christian Holy Days, Holidays, and Seasons

Many in postmodern society downplay tradition. This change has rippled through some parts of the Church as well. However, tradition remains an important part of what the Christian faith is all about, because [more…]

Understanding Latin Legalese

Most lawyers love to throw around Latin phrases. The reason for this is that ancient Rome's legal system has had a strong influence on the legal systems of most western countries. After all, at one time [more…]

Writing Act I of Your Screenplay

Every act in the three-act structure has a set of tasks to accomplish. The first act serves as your audience's introduction to the entire world of the script — people, places, time frame, and all. Remember [more…]

Understanding the Weather's Water Cycle

Precipitation, the liquid and solid water particles that fall from the sky, is part of a large and truly amazing cycle of water. It passes from the bottoms of the seas to the tops of the mountains, from [more…]


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