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KML files are used to present geographic data in programs such as Google Earth, Google Maps and Yahoo! Pipes. These files must then be converted to the file format read by your GPS before they can be used for driving directions or GPS tracking. As of 2011, GPSBabel is the only widely available freew
Every person in the world generates some form of trash. In fact, the Green Education Foundation reports that each U.S. citizen contributes one ton of trash each year to the country's waste management system. However, not all trash winds up in a landfill. Some trash is recycled, composted and even bu
Copper veneer is a thin sheet of copper that is commonly used to cover large home furnishings and adorn smaller pieces of home décor. Most copper veneers are thin and malleable enough to bend and mold with your hands. Weathering copper, which can give it blue, green and brown hues, adds a uni
Scrub habitats are a type of land with a low water table, maintained by fires that are caused by lightning. Soil is generally sandy, leaving it unable to hold rainwater and nutrients. Several sub-types of scrub habitats exist in various parts of the US where you will find some plants and wildlife th
Installing Crawford's wheel spacers on a remote control truck improves its stability, increasing the amount of control you have when steering the vehicle over rocks and other obstructions. The increased stability comes from the extended width between the tires after the wheel spacers are installed o
Unfinished wood projects can bring out your crafty side.wood image by Marvin Gerste from Fotolia.comIf your creative side is itching for a project, but you’re just not interested in starting something from scratch, which may involve multiple power tools and the possibility for...
The three major types of volcanoes are differentiated by their structure. The stratovolcanoes build up from the accumulation of thick viscous lava flows. Cinder cones develop from violent eruptions with monstrous explosions ejecting cinders and smoke high into the air before falling back to the ea
Animal abuse stems from a lack of proper treatment and appropriate conditions for animals. Animal rights groups emphasize keeping animals free from hunger, thirst, pain, disease and distress. Such groups argue that these needs are sometimes not met in situations in which animals are used for food or
New cells are produced by cell division. The two new cells produced when a cell divides are called daughter cells. When two daughter cells have the same number of chromosomes as the original cell, the process is called mitosis. Meiosis is a special type of cell division that halves the number of chr
Spoon rests make innovative gifts that recipients can actually use in their kitchens. Not only are spoon rests decorative additions to any kitchen, they serve a practical purpose as well by keeping spoons from dirtying clean countertops. Make your own spoon rest out of clay and decorate it in the st
An electric generator turns the energy of motion into electrical energy. In this sense it is the opposite of a motor, which turns electrical energy into motion. It can use any type of fuel to operate. Electric generators are used to either store electricity in batteries or to run equipment directly.
Split bottom chairs, also known as splint chairs or woven chairs, are usually made with split cane, bark strips or reed. The splint strips are woven to create a flexible seat bottom for the chair. There are many different patterns of weave you can follow when making a split bottom chair. Use a four-
A synthetic stock will never match the beauty of a fine oil-finished walnut stock. However, synthetic stocks are far more rugged than a wood stock, and can be lighter as well. Besides, having a camouflage rifle may improve your hunting success, and nobody wants to cover up beautiful wood with a camo
Biologists often need to purify specific cell components or proteins from tissue samples as part of an experiment. The process by which they separate cells into their components is called cell fractionation. There are several steps to this process
In Addicting Games' Escape the Bomb, you play a character who has two hours to either escape from the building or defuse the bomb's detonator. A keyboard is not required to play the game, but you will need the mouse to point and click. Leaving the room before the bomb has been defused will result in
The Xbox game console has limitations built into its operating system---for example, copies of a game disc will not play in the console, and you can't run games created by other Xbox owners. Installing the Xbox Spider chip into the circuit board removes these and other limitations, although doing so
A laser target functions differently than a conventional target, which displays a hole when hit by a projectile. In contrast, a reflective surface on the laser target reflects the beam of the laser at an angle when hit. You can make a laser target using supplies from a hobby shop along with tools co
All plants are composed of a network of cells.feuille image by razorconcept from Fotolia.comEverything is comprised of cells, though there are different types of cells, including plant and animal cells. Although cells are the basic unit of life, each individual cell is made up of...
Data is commonly stored in binary tree structures using specialized algorithms. Many advantages come from storing data in a tree structure. For example, searching an ordered binary tree is much faster than sorting a sequential data structure such as an array. A tree data structure can assume many ty
Both nitrate and chloride have one thing in common: both are ions. An ion is a chemical species that has an electrical charge as a result of losing or gaining electrons. Both of these chemicals are anions, meaning that they have negative charges. Apart from this similarity, however, they are differe