How To Make A Rice Rocket - 764 words
A thunderous roar echoes throughout the once quiet neighborhood. I hear the revving of engines. Suddenly there is a loud screeching of tires pealing out across the pavement. The sound of the engines becomes even louder than before, then quickly decreases as the cars speed away. There is quiet for a few minutes, then the whole thing repeats again. This is a common occurrence in my neighborhood and always means one thing. Its those racers in their rice rockets again! To the layman, a rice rocket is just another Japanese car, but among the young generation, this stands for a certain class of these popular imports. Rice rockets cannot be bought at car dealers. Normal Japanese cars must be made i ...
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Face Off: Rice Vs Muscle - 1,480 words
It is a warm summers day; the heat rises from the pavement as the roar of engines and smell of gasoline surround you. With a throaty growl the first car pulls up to the line on the drag strip in front of you. Its large V-8 pounds as it pulls up to the starting mark. An annoying whine announces the challenger, a smaller car covered in decals and brand names. Its four cylinders hum as it stops, ready to go. The light flashes green and both cars jump into action. As the front wheels leap from the pavement, the eight cylinders power the 4000 pounds of Detroit muscle down the track. Beside it, the much lighter Japanese Rice-Rocket squeals down the track with a whine of a turbocharger issuing from ...
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Geneticall Engineered Golden Rice - 936 words
At one time, golden rice was just a wild idea that Ingo Potrykus thought up. Optimally, golden rice would improve the lives of millions of the poorest people in the world. The rice would contain beta-carotene which is the building block for vitamin A. However, imagining golden rice was one thing and bringing it into existence was another. He struggled for years with his colleagues to deal with the finicky growing habits of the rice they transplanted to a greenhouse near the foot hills of the Swiss Alps. Potrykus and his colleagues became successful in the spring of 1999. By creating golden rice, Potrykus wanted to be sure it would reach malnourished children of the developing world; those fo ...
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Education And Egalitarianism In America - 2,346 words
... s. The new methods, combined with the physical organization of the school, represented the direct opposite of Pestalozzi's belief that the child's innate powers should be allowed to develop naturally. Rather, the child must be lopped off or stretched to fit the procrustean curriculum. Subjects were graded according to difficulty, assigned to certain years, and taught by a rigid daily timetable. The amount of information that the child had absorbed through drill and memorization was determined by how much could be extracted from him by examinations. Reward or punishment came in the form of grades. At the end of the 19th century the methods of presenting information had thus been streamlin ...
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The Transatlantic Slave - 2,910 words
From the 1520s to the 1860s an estimated 11 to 12 million African men, women, and children were forcibly embarked on European vessels for a life of slavery in the Western Hemisphere. Many more Africans were captured or purchased in the interior of the continent but a large number died before reaching the coast. About 9 to 10 million Africans survived the Atlantic crossing to be purchased by planters and traders in the New World, where they worked principally as slave laborers in plantation economies requiring a large workforce. African peoples were transported from numerous coastal outlets from the Senegal River in West Africa and hundreds of trading sites along the coast as far south as Ben ...
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Haightashbury In The 1960s - 771 words
The district of Haight Ashbury covered a five-block area starting at the Golden Gate Park and ending around the intersection of Shrader and Haight The appeal of Haight Ashbury? Simple; low rent, old Victorian homes, there were little shops everywhere, and a small town good vibe atmosphere and a need for acceptance from ones like themselves. The appeal of Haight Ashbury was simple: low rent, old Victorian houses, little shops everywhere, small town atmosphere and a contagiously good vibe. In the 1960s San Franciscos Haight Ashbury district was a national symbol through the lifestyle, the music, the people, and the publicity they thrilled a generation of American youth and scared there Parents ...
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Reasons For Involvement In Vietnam - 301 words
"We hold these truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This statement is taken directly from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, written in 1776. In a broader sense, that statement is understood to mean, "All peoples on earth are born equal; every person has the right to live happy and free." Vietnam is a country divided into two parts. The southern half, the half below the 17th parallel, has a population of about twelve million people. These people are free, but poor. Their economy is weak. The average individual income was less tha ...
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Kissing Doorknobs - 604 words
Hey, whats been going on with you lately? I miss the laughs we used to have walking home from school. I called to you the other day but you didnt answer me. You seem like youre in you own world! Please email me back and let me know if you are mad at me. I dont know how to explain what is going on with me. I hope you dont think that Im acting crazy. You have been one of my best friends since kindergarten. Im afraid if I tell you how I feel, youll think Im nuts. Im not mad, but I have to count on the way to school. Thats why I dont walk with you. You can tell me anything. What is the big deal with counting? Everybody counts! You are acting very strange. Cant you just stop this foolishness? Whe ...
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The Life Of Mao Zedong - 1,264 words
Dressed in the drab military uniform that symbolized the revolutionary government of Communist China, Mao Zedong's body still looked powerful, like an giant rock in a gushing river. An enormous red flag draped his coffin, like a red sail unfurled on a Chinese junk, illustrating the dualism of traditional China and the present Communist China that typified Mao. 1 A river of people flowed past while he lay in state during the second week of September 1976. Workers, peasants, soldiers and students, united in grief; brought together by Mao, the helmsman of modern China. 2 He had assembled a revolutionary government using traditional Chinese ideals of filial piety, harmony, and order. Mao's cult ...
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Tn American Literature, Romanticism came during the New England Literary movement called Transcendentalism. "Transcendentalism is a belief in spiritual truth beyond sense perception and material success." It is said to be a theory that highlights the transcendent as the realistic reality. In other words, this is a philosophy asserting the superiority of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and experimental. "During the 1 9th century, Transcendentalism was a react ion ag~inst scientific rationalism." Transcendentalists were against material success and discarded any control except that of the individual conscience. There are many qualities associ~'i1cd with Romanticism/American ...
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Joy Luck Club - 1,963 words
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan, 1989, Chinese A. Jing-Mei (June) Woo. June is rebellious in nature, always swimming against her mothers dreams for her, not because they were harmful dreams but because she felt she could never live up to them, and she didnt because she thought she couldnt. Her mothers death has brought her face to face with questions about herself, her mother, and both their identities. B. Suyuan Woo. Like any mother Suyuan wanted her daughter to be the best she could be. She pushed her, to make her proud of herself, to give that one child what the two that were swallowed by her past could not. A. An-Mei Hsu. She is a strong woman, whose strength came form her mothers sacrifice. ...
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Sugars Symphony - 985 words
Some have coined music as a universal language. Perhaps, the complexity of the notes, the consistency of the beat, the array of instruments, or the flow of lyricism offers this universal appeal. Nevertheless, the unique composition of each song enables it to sustain its own magnetic aura, much like the musical implication in Lewis Nordans Music of the Swamp. Though, many argue Nordans piece suggests merely a collection of short stories rather than a novel, Nordan uses his singsong methodology- a novel-in-stories- to incorporate an anthology of his transformative memory- an autobiography of the way it was. By examining the structure of Music of the Swamp, it can be broken into a series of sho ...
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To Kill A Mockingbird - 750 words
In, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee refers to Oliver Optic, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Victor Appleton as three authors whose works were enjoyed by Scout, Jem and Dill. These 19th and 20th century authors had similar writing styles and plot formulations. Adventure stories, which were the genre of the tales written by these particular authors, were extremely appealing to the young children in Harper Lees novel. Scout and her friends wove detailed imaginary dramas portraying characters discovered in these works. The most popular works, which were also mentioned in the book, were Tarzan, The Rover Boys, Tom Swift, and The Gray Ghost. Not only were they popular with fictional Jem, Dill, and Sco ...
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The Wild - 1,278 words
The text on the dust jacket of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild makes it clear that the thread of suspense running through this compelling book isn't necessarily tied to the fate of its subject. "In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley," the jacket reads. "His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter." With the demise of McCandless already revealed, Krakauer concentrates on the fo ...
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Strategic Management Of Quaker Oats Company - 1,731 words
The Quaker Oats Company, officially formed in 1901, is currently undergoing massive reorganization, which will dramatically change its position in the industry. Over the last four years, Quaker Oats' returns have been consistently rocky. Quaker unloaded Snapple, its ice-cream toppings and condiments business, and its frozen bagel business 1997. The company has turned to an emphasis on its high performing products such as Gatorade and bagged cereals. Gatorade accounts for more than one-third of the company's total sales and claims over 80% of the US sports-drink market. Quaker is also a leading producer of granola bars, rice cakes, pancake mixes and syrups, and value-added grain products (Ric ...
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Target Corporation - 2,007 words
... rice to revenue ratio more than doubled since 1995 when it was only .23. Target Corporation has been very efficient, which reflects a return on equity of 20.2% in 1999 compared to 9.9% in 1996. Inventory turnover was relatively low at 6.3 in 1999. It is one of Targets main areas of concentration. Profitability can be seen by comparing net profit after taxes to net sales resulting in a net profit margin of 3.5%. In 1999 Target Corporation also displayed a gross profit margin of 31.7%. The liquidity is displayed using the current ratio and the quick ratio. The current ratio of 1.1 has decreased since 1996 when it was more favorable at 1.4. The quick ratio also decreased by only one tenth o ...
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Shoplifting - 309 words
"If we catch anyone shoplifting, we call the police. Always. We have zero tolerance for shoplifters," said Steve Rice, manager of Dillard's at the Westgate Mall. "We see so much shoplifting, across the board, all ages. It's a real problem." Cpl. Lisa Cherry of the Amarillo police Crime Prevention Unit says when store personnel apprehend a teen for suspected shoplifting, the store detains the teen and calls police. Police take the suspect into custody. The police run a check to see what the offender's status is with the department and evaluates the cost of the merchandise. The suspect may be sent to the juvenile authorities or released to parents. Juvenile offenders face stiff penalties of fi ...
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Blue Winds Dancing - 302 words
The author is an Indian, he is describing the geography of different states one by one, as he passes by each one of them. He lives in Wisconsin and he describes that city as not too bad, he said it was beautiful. He faces the conflict of walking a very long distance to go back home. He was studying and he was on his way home for Christmas vacation. He missed the place he used to live at. He was describing the cities as he was passing by them. He went through the dessert, through many different cities. He didnt like none of the cities, there was no nature or beauty. As he went back home, he found his family, he felt glad to be home and at the same time he felt weird, because he didnt know if ...
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Edgar Lee Masters - 1,964 words
Edgar Lee Masters was an American poet, known principally for his poems about life in the Midwest. It has been 49 years since he has died and today he is virtually forgotten. His book of poems entitled Spoon River Anthology may spark a small amount of recognition. This book is a work of free verse poems about the secret lives of the inhabitants of Spoon River, a small Midwest town based on Lewistown and Petersburg, Illinois. This book remains a landmark in the literature world of realism and revolt against conventional social standards that flourished in the early 20th century. To really understand Edgar Lee Masters writings, one must first understand the imperialist. Imperialists a politica ...
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Giant Pandas - 494 words
Giant pandas are bear like in shape with striking black and white markings. The giant pandas are hardly giants. It would take about 40 giant pandas to weigh the same as one elephant. Adult giant pandas have a length between160 to 180 cm or 51/4 to5 feet. The weight of the giant panda is between 176 and 276 pounds. Giant pandas have a massive head, heavy body, short black tail, rounded ear, and feet that the heel and toe meet the ground at the same time as they step. The head of the giant panda is very large and has developed molars, which are specifically designed to crush plant material. The giant panda has powerful muscles, which extend from the top of its head to the jaws giving it the ca ...
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