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Window Treatment Styles in the 20th Century
Window treatments have been in place over windows for hundreds of years. The purpose of window treatments has been both utilitarian and decorative. Initially, people covered their windows to control the amount of light and air emitted through the openings and to provide privacy. Gradually, these coverings evolved to become a part of room decor. Window treatments include curtains, draperies, shades, blinds, and shutters. Styles and trends in window treatments have changed significantly over the years.... more
The Chemistry of Glass
From packaging to computer screens to windows and more, glass is a key part of everyday life, and it has been so for millennia. Made of an exceedingly common element, glass is inexpensive to produce and quite versatile in its application. It is one of those products that is so prevalent that we hardly ever notice how common it is and how important glass is to every sector of society. As is well known, glass also occupies an important place in the art community and is an important part of the heritage of many world cultures.... more
How to Save Energy During the Winter
When cold winds blow and snow falls, staying warm becomes a priority. Surviving the winter in a cold climate usually involves winterizing a home and turning up the heat. While this is the typical situation during the colder months, it is possible to save energy in the winter. Saving energy has a multitude of benefits. You can save money because you will be using less heat. Using less energy also benefits the environment because you will be causing fewer emissions into the air as you heat your home. As you look for ways to save energy this winter, use only safe heating practices. Space heaters can project warmth, but they can also be dangerous. Keep space heaters away from flammable items such as curtains. And install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to detect potentially lethal levels of carbon monoxide that can exist with the use of a furnace, fireplace, or and space heater.... more
The Effects of Room Lighting on Your Health
We have many requirements to have a healthy environment at work and at home. We need clean air to breath that is free of dangerous allergens, clean water and proper lighting. These are all elements that are needed to have a healthy environment.... more
Germinating Seeds in Your Window
The spring is a great time to open your blinds and shades and let a bit of sunlight in! As the weather gets better in April, May, and June, people start to work on their gardens. You can work on a garden of your own, too! With an adult's help, a bit of work, and scientific skills, you can create a small window garden of plants, flowers, or herbs. To do that, let's learn about how plants work, how seeds germinate, and what a plant needs to grow successfully:... more
Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Therapy Treatment
During the beautiful weather that we get in the summertime, have you ever noticed that you are in a better mood? You wear lighter clothes, there is more hours of sunlight, and you generally feel better. Conversely, during the winter month have you ever noticed that your mood changes? The daylight is shorter, the weather is colder and you need to wear heavier clothes. This is the result of Seasonal Affective Disorder.... more
Glass Making in Ancient Egypt
With the prevalence of glass today it is hard to imagine a time when glass was rare. You see it everyday: your car (window), the bottles you drink from, lamps, tables, television screens, and dozens of other common household objects are all made from glass. We mass produce and recycle glass in quantities that would astound our ancestors even a few hundred years ago. In the ancient world a piece of glass large enough to fit a modern (window) would have been a rare extravagance. Glass, even thick glass, was fragile and did not travel well. Large pieces were difficult to form with the techniques available to early glassmakers, and the process itself was a secret guarded closely by artisans and royalty alike.... more
Guides Eyes for the Blind: All About Guide Dogs
Thousands of people all throughout the United States and the world use service dogs. Service dogs are dogs with special training that are able to assist people with various medical conditions or disabilities. Any breed of dog can be trained as a service dog, but the most common breed is the golden retriever. Service dogs have been used since the 1700s, but the first modern training school for these special dogs appeared in the U.S. in 1929, focused on guide dogs for the blind. Since the 1970s, guide dogs have been trained for dozens of applications. A single dog may take thousands of hours to train but will generally serve as a companion to its owner for the rest of the dog's life. These dogs make an immense positive impact on the lives of their humans.... more
11 Most Famous Stained Glass Windows
Stained glass windows can be found in many places around the world. Throughout the centuries, these artworks have been adding beauty to spaces all around the world, most commonly churches and other religious structures. But some pieces clearly elevate this art form to a whole new level. Here, then, are some of the most famous works of stained glass in the world.... more
Facts About Aluminum
Aluminum is one of those substances easily taken for granted, because it is used in so many products used in daily life. But when you think about the versatility of aluminum, it becomes a wonder how we ever lived life before this metal was introduced. Aluminum is used to package our food, put roofs over our homes, build our ladders, and even to build the body of our cars. Thanks to the versatility, durability and light weight of aluminum, it is something that can be used in just about any situation.... more