Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What is the Milky Way?

It is the name given to our Galaxy, which is shaped like a disc with a central bump. It is also the name for the dense band of stars that spans the sky. As a galaxy, the Milky Way is actually a giant, as its mass is probably between 750 billion and one trillion solar masses, and its diameter is about 100,000 light years.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

What is a spectrograph?

It is an instrument for producing and photographing a spectrum. Used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

How is paper made?

Most (though not all) paper is made from wood. Logs are stripped of bark, chopped into very small pieces and then pulped. The pulping stage is important, for at that time various chemicals and things like clay, or old rags, or even straw, are added, which determine the quality, colour and smoothness (or roughness) of the finished paper. Once pulped, the paper is rolled into sheets which are dried out before being cut to required shapes and sizes.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

What is a boutique?

From the French for shop, the word is now used to indicate a particular kind of small store that specializes in ready-made fashion clothes, and perhaps crafts, scents and soaps.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What is an altimeter?

It is a dialled meter for showing how high an aircraft or spacecraft
is above ground. Most altimeters work using air pressure. The measurement of altitude is called altimetry

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What is a telemeter?

It is a piece, or pieces, of apparatus for measuring physical changes from a distance. It has wide application in space technology.

Which is the largest planet in our Solar System?

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet within the solar system. It is two and a half times as massive as all of the other planets in our solar system combined.It is about ten times the diameter of the earth, and rotates on its axis in about ten hours, which is faster than Earth.

Who discovered the Mississippi river?

Fernando de Soto (1496-1542), a Spanish explorer who, while governor of Cuba in the late 1530s, took an expedition from the island to the mainland of Florida. He found the Mississippi but died of fever before he could reach Mexico.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What is Populism?

A doctrine whose advocates believe they represent the common people irrespective of political persuasions.

What's is Poste Restance?

Part of post office where the letters are kept for collection

Who's Spy?

This was the pseudonym of Sir Leslie Ward (1851-1922)
The English caricaturist, who became famous for his caricatures of prominent people in the jurnal, Vanity Fair, between 1873 and 1909. Ward was the son of well-known Victorian painter, Edward Matthew Ward.

What's Blakclisted?

Its is a list pf names of guilty or suspect people or of people who may be considered undesirable for some reason

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Whats is glass made of?

A mixture of sand, lime and sodium carbonat (soda), which is heated unti it produces a clear, bubling hot liquid that a molten glass. It wil have to be heated to about 1500 Centigrade, which is 15 times hotter than a kettle of boiling water.

What is Cologne ?

It is short for eau de cologne, (French,water from cologne), a scented water, refreshing especially in hot weather when applied to the skin.

Who's "Scarface"?

The derivation of the nick name of Al-Capone (1899-1947)
Al Capone is America's best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city, he was also known as public enemy number one.

Whats is green back?

Its Is US Bank note. Among the first national United States currency, authorized by the Legal Tender Act of 1862. This was government-issued currency, different from the central-bank currency that the United States uses today.