Education and its Benefits to Society – Why it is Important to Educate the People

Education plays a major role in the growth and progress of a society. It is one of the key components that can make or break a culture’s advancement. If citizens of a society are educated, they can provide significant contributions in the fields of arts, literature, science, technology, and others, and help establish a well-rounded and stimulating community. Below are some of the best reasons why education is an essential thing to any society:

Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to make better choices and decisions

Once you have earned your college degree, you are expected to start your journey to the real life — get a job, pay taxes, and so on. Your parents and the people around you may have already been picturing you sitting behind an executive desk.

Because of several years of schooling, you should be able to make sound decisions on various stuff, such as if you should get a car or a house, which expenses to prioritize, how to pay off your school loans, and more.

Moreover, you should be able to help the community by participating in projects to improve your neighborhood, such as organizing programs to aid the less fortunate citizens, encourage the children and teens to study, and other social activities.

Have more job opportunities available

Looking for a job is not easy. Depending on your field, you may have to contend with dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of other fresh graduates for a low-paying entry-level position. But, if you possess the right qualifications, i.e. you have a solid educational background (and with some amount of luck), the likelihood of you landing your dream job becomes higher.

A lot of the high-paying, specialized jobs today look for people with more higher education accomplishments and varied experiences. Therefore, if you want to increase your chances of standing out from a large pool of applicants, go to school and get as many credentials as you can.

Higher income

To earn six figures a year is something that many people want but not really get. However, achieving it requires a mixture of hard work, perseverance, dedication, competence, efficiency, and luck. In order to find a job that can give you a comfortable lifestyle, you have to have the qualifications that will make companies and employers hire you. This will likely happen if you are well-educated and possess the right sets of skills to perform the responsibilities and tasks that they ask for that particular position.

How to Stop Yourself From Buying a New Laptop, Again

Just the same with new smartphone models that come out every so often in the market, laptops are also released with newer and better packages every time. When you have already invested a chunk of your savings on a new laptop, you might feel later on that you want to get a newer one just because it looks a lot better, it is more powerful, it has more memory and also because of its trendy.

However, since laptops cost a lot of money, especially the good ones, you can’t keep on changing yours. Furthermore, unlike smartphones, it is a lot more complicated moving your files, downloading and installing programs and a whole lot more when you’re using a laptop. If this isn’t enough reason for you to stop yourself from buying a new one, here are more things you can keep in check to help you resist the temptation.

1. There will always be a new one that comes along.

No matter how perfect a new laptop that just came out seem to be, you must realize that there will always be a new one that comes along. If you always feel like changing laptops even yours is still perfectly fine just because you want a newer, better model, know that within months or even weeks from your purchase, an even newer and better model will come along.

2. Most laptops are upgradable.

Some MacBook models, particularly those in the retina display series, are no longer upgradable so you would have to be very sure about what you want upon purchase. However, if you have an older Macbook or even a new Windows laptop, know that you can always upgrade. If the battery runs low too quickly, you can change that. If you think your laptop is slow, you can have a larger RAM installed. You can also easily get an external hard drive if you think that you need more storage memory.

3. Better spend your money on programs and accessories.

Your Microsoft Office or Photoshop will work the same even on a brand new laptop as long as you update the program to the latest version. If you want better audio, invest on a new set of speakers instead. If you want other features, then look for other accessories and devices you can use with your laptop. Perhaps you can try out a 3D printer. It probably won’t cost as much as a new high-powered laptop but you can have loads of fun with your 3D printer as you create figures, models and even tiny souvenirs. You can even use your 3D printer for business especially since notmany people own one of these yet.

4. The value of a laptop depreciates through time.

Just like cars, gadgets and other electronics, no matter how much you upgrade your laptop, its value will depreciate. You will have a hard time or you may even find it impossible to resell it at a higher price compared to how much you purchase it. More often than not, people want brand new laptops and seldom would individuals want to resell their old laptops. And even if you think that the internet often saves you money, think twice because buying a new laptop means money going down the drain in more ways than one.

The Bright Future of Drones and Unmanned Aerial Technologies

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, as the name implies, is an aircraft that is unmanned by a human pilot; some of them are operated remotely by a human operator, or fully controlled by computers programmed within. Drones came into fame (or infamy) for its use in military operations, notably in the Middle East, in recent years. However, civilian owned and operated drones now outnumber military drones, with sales in the millions and counting. Civilian drones are most widely used in photography or video applications, taking advantage of some of the most technologically advanced cameras around. The complex engineering of drones ensures that they do not come cheap; however, newer, more affordable models are coming out that are within the range of hobbyists who want to get into drone photography. That being said, the possibilities of using civilian drones for purposes other than photography are endless. Here are just some of a few examples of how drones can be used in the future.

Search and Rescue Operations

Drones have been tested out on search and rescue operations; drones equipped with high-definition cameras have been and will continue to be used in the future. There is great potential for research and development in this field for drones, as it should lessen the loss of human casualties engaging in perilous search and rescue operations in the event of a calamity.

Pest Control

Drones as a pest control device? Absolutely. An enterprising firm in Louisiana has pioneered the use of drones with a thermal camera attachment to hunt for feral pigs that are causing widespread devastation to farms all over the state. How it works is that the drone provides a live feed to the exterminator; with the aid of night-vision goggles and the visual aid by the drone’s attachment, the exterminator’s work is made easier. Although there will always be ethical questions as to whether this is actually fair in the context of hunting, its effectiveness in thinning the feral hog population, which is a bane to many farmers, is promising.

Mail and Package Delivery

This is very distinct possibility in the future. Already efforts are underway for commercial use of drones in such iterations, such as beer delivery; a company in South Africa is pioneering an application that they say can deliver beer by drone within five minutes by the use of GPS positioning on the customer’s part, and the drone parachuting (no kidding) a cold one right on the customer’s hand. On the other hand, MIT is developing a light drone in order to be able to deliver medicine and other medical supplies to remote areas, or war-torn areas, lessening risk in the process.

Oil/Gas Pipeline Aerial Inspections

With the power of the cameras attached to drones, it is perhaps no surprise that drones are being slated to take over monitoring of miles and miles of oil and gas pipelines; this prevents the risk of oil spills, for which oil riggers are fined heavily for, from occurring in the first place. Relying on unmanned aerial vehicles also replaces much of the dangerous work that oil rig workers expose themselves to.

As you can plainly see, the possibilities are endless; although the question of regulatory approvals are daunting, it is only a matter of time before drones lead a revolution of unmanned aerial technology. The next wave of new technologies is right in front of us – what an interesting time to be alive.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Viticulture, But Were Afraid to Ask

Most of us will jump at the suggestion of sipping a glass of wine. It might be because you had a long day at work, or it’s a gift you got or it might be because that glass of red pairs really well with your meal, you must admit that drinking wine is a social norm we cannot live without – many people will drink to that.

However, as you sit there sipping on it, did you ever ask yourself how a small, diminutive grape transforms into that tasty, delicious goodness in your glass? The process is relatively complicated, and the fact that the wine comes in more than one color should attest to this fact.

Fortunately, we’re here to give you a brief overview of what viticulture, that ancient art that cultivates the grapes we grow for the wines we enjoy today, is all about.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

The Ancient Study of Viticulture

Viticulture refers to the art and science of growing grapes. In this regard, a viticulturist is a person charged with the task of growing grapes and handling all the happenings of a vineyard from how the planting occurs to the picking process and the following vinification processes. Viticulturists must exhibit the highest level of respect for tradition, and proper attention must be allocated to the various varieties of grapes, which gives the end product a sense of identity and character. Growers (or Viticulturists) must work all year round to make the right decisions including pest control and irrigation, which affects the quality of wine, produced each year. To make the long story short, every decision made by a grower affects the development of the wine. To understand the wine making process further, it is essential to discuss soil, climate and the management of vines.

Grapes, Location, and Soil: The Perfect Union

Although grapes can grow anywhere, the location and the climate of the site matters significantly. Vines require adequate sunshine to mature and sufficient rainfall to produce a healthy crop. The perfect union of weather that is not too cold or hot and the location’s weather determines the quality of wine. Vineyards located near rivers and steep slopes tend to prosper because rivers supply a warm effect while slopes ensure that the crop is exposed to the sun well.

A Design for Healthy Soil

Grapevines require healthy soil that has sufficient amounts of nutrients, minerals, and water to thrive. When vines grow well without any struggles, the fruit is higher in quality, and it produces in excess resulting in an enhanced taste. The best quality of soil for growing grapes is one that retains the right amount of water and one that can be penetrated easily.

Vine Management

The way that a vine is pruned and shaped refers to vine management. The management of vines is necessary as it affects the yield that is produced. Vine management also involves caring for all the elements of a vine that are seen above the ground, which is known as canopy management.

To understand how wine gets to your glass in detail, you must first understand viticulture.

Side Note

On another note, you may find the use of wine coolers great for your selection – you’ll find that it helps the taste and keeps it for easier storage when you do. We highly suggest for you to visit coolingwine.com for the latest.

Now that you understand the groundwork for making wine, and how to enjoy it best, maybe you can enjoy your next glass of wine a little more.

Cheers.

Churning Your Dairy Game Up a Notch By Making Small-Batch Butter

Imagine the satisfaction of baking a fresh batch of dinner rolls and serving them butter you made out of the kitchen.

Nothing like that smug satisfaction of being able to make delicious homemade food, right?

Your guests will probably be amazed at how you can serve such fresh and tasty butter at home, using only a kitchen mixer or good old elbow grease.

In addition to that, the entire family can get in the act, and makes for a great family bonding experience, not to mention a superb way to teach children the science behind it. Making butter translates well to the classroom, whether your students are young scientists, or adult learners seeking to earn another income and go into business by selling it.

As the old adage goes, there is no better way to learn by doing it yourself, so let’s get started!

The Formula

Good butter starts from good cream. You can use any readily-available whipping cream that is already available in stores, but if you have access to fresh cream, the better. Different creams will make different butter depending on the fat content. The same is true for the time you need to mix or shake the butter, the amount of butter you create, and the end product. The following ingredients are all you will need.

1 pint/2 cups of heavy whipping cream (whipped cream from the Straus Family Creamery is my choice, with 35% butterfat)
a bowl of ice water
sea salt to taste
a stand mixer, a hand mixer/blender, or a mason jar

You may add a combination of salt or herbs to this recipe, but everything you see above is all you’ll ever need.

The Process

Take your cream into your preferred device. If you’re using an electric mixer, attach the splatter guard, and start whipping it on low speed, gradually raising it to medium speed. You should see it eventually into whipped cream with stiff peaking from the mixer; keep it going until the cream breaks down. If you use a stand mixer, on the other hand, you should see the butter forming to the beater itself. This is butterfat separating from the buttermilk. The whole process takes about 10 to 15 minutes; once the butter has formed into a chunk, remove the buttermilk and save it for fried chicken or to drink, and place the butter into a bowl. Rinse it with the ice water by pouring it on top, and pressing what’s left of the buttermilk out of it with a spoon; discard the liquid. Repeat until the pressed liquid is clear. Form butter into a ball and knead in your salt or herbs to taste. Wrap it in plastic, and voila! Fresh butter.

Using jars will require more work as you will need to shake it until butter forms on the sides of the jar; this is a better method to use in class for children to learn the process of emulsion.

The Science

Emulsion occurs when you agitate the jar or the cream; particles of fat then slam and stick to each other. The end product of all that agitation is butter. This is a great way to put science into practice, especially in the classroom – I suggest you use smaller containers with a marble in them to hasten the butter production process (especially when working with kids).

Making fresh, delicious butter is nothing more than agitating cream; it’s a great way to teach children about science, a great way to supplement income, and a great way to experience the joy of doing it yourself. You may never need to buy butter in the stores again.