The Nitrogen Cycle

A lesser amount of nitrogen is fixed from the atmosphere through reactions occurring in the gaseous emissions from volcanoes and from lightning discharges. This nitrogen is washed out of the atmosphere by rain and is added to the soil and water where it, too, can be used by organisms. Does this make sense to you yet? If not, continue reading on, it should be clearer soon.

Human activities have a significant effect on nitrogen cycling. Production and use of nitrogen fertilizer, combustion of fossil fuels, and planting crops that fix nitrogen have unbalanced the previously stable relationship between fixation and denitrification. Gaseous industrial pollutants—abbreviated as NO x compounds—foul the air in many cities and wash out in sufficient amounts to constitute “acid rain” in some parts of the industrialized world.

The nitrogen cycle can be understood most easily by looking at its separate parts: nitrogen fixation, ammonification, nitrification, assimilation, and denitrification.

 

Has technology changed the way we drive?

Technology has transformed driving, especially in terms of navigation. It was only two decades ago when sat-navs were a luxury item, but now they’re commonplace. People rely on sat-navs so much that they wouldn’t even consider going on a long distance drive without one.

Back in the day, it was a case of using maps and learning the route before you left, whilst memorising or taking note of road names. When was the last time you decided to navigate to a location by a printed map rather than sat-nav or mobile phone? Probably a very long time, and that’s completely understandable because the technology is quite brilliant. We no longer have to worry about getting lost, whilst we can also keep track of speed cameras too. It’s hard to fault the technology and how far we’ve come, however, it’s certainly true that we rely a bit too much on this new technology now.

 

Why are compressors ideal for professionals and DIY enthusiasts?

There are many reasons why compressors are ideal for professional and DIY enthusiasts. Many people believe that they’re only used in very specialist industries, and whilst that can be true, there are many reasons why an eager DIY enthusiast will require one too. Air compressors are especially important in inflating car tires, and other objects rather than blowing them manually, but they also power tools, keep large fridges cool and raise lifting jacks, offering extreme power! Continue Reading

 

Safety and maintenance of an air compressor in the workplace

In the workplace, safety is one of the primary concerns. You want to be sure that every employee is safe at all times. To this end, safety precautions are taken to decrease the possibility of mechanical damage and unexpected breakdowns that may result in human injuries or unexpected repair costs. With this in mind, working with high-powered machines like an air compressor without ensuring safety and maintenance can be pretty dangerous. Continue Reading

 

Glass Etching – A handy skill to have

Glass etching was once something you would have to go to a specialist for, and the costs weren’t exactly cheap, however, it is now possible to learn the art of glass etching yourself, and there are many products you can buy to help you perfect this skill. There are some pen engravers which you can you use with stencils, so all you really need is a cool and purposeful hand. If you’re able to etch glass to a good standard, you can make some of your Christmas presents more memorable, and the good news is these pens are incredibly cheap. What people don’t know is that these pens can also deliver deep grooves in metal, wood, leather, plastic, and ceramic, so they’re very multipurpose. If you’d like one of these and fancy practising this Christmas, try mastering wood first, but if you can, always choose a pen engraver that sits comfortably in the hand.

 

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