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Anthony "Tony" Maglica: Inventor and Free Enterprise Champion

Enterprise ChampionAnthony Maglica is the founder of Mag Instrument Inc. They are the manufacturer of the universally known Mag lite flashlight, which has become standard issue gear for police departments world wide. Maglite flashlights were created by Maglica himself.

Anthony Maglica: The Early Years

Born in New York in 1930, Maglica grew up on the island of  Zlarin off the coast of Croatia where he moved to with his family during the great depression of the 1930’s. During World War II, Croatia was left destitute, in 1950 Maglica decided to move back to the United States of America. Maglica decided to settle in Ontario, California. Anthony Maglica spoke little English when he returned to the states. He found work as a machinist, he learned of a boss who made extra money on the side machining hydraulic parts. Maglica found a metal lathe for a $1000 and convinced the owner to give it to him for a $125 down payment with the agreement to pay the rest with monthly payments. Anthony Maglica’s little side job turned in to a full blown corporation in 1975. This little machine store was the predecessor of the Maglite corporation.

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Training Bees

training-beesThe idea was a crazy one: use bees to find unexploded landmines. This was precisely what Zagreb University professor Nikola Kezic set out to do. The crazy idea turned out to be an ingenious one. Since bees have an impeccable sense of smell, Kezic tried to train a group of bees to identify their source of food with the smell TNT.

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Home Grown Snow

Over the next three weeks, activities will use frozen carbon dioxide – better known as ‘dry ice’. This material can be purchased through some party supply companies or direct from BOC Gases. Why not wait until you’ve collected all three activities and do them together!

Warning: Dry ice is not like water ice. Do not allow it to touch your skin; the extreme cold can cause harm. Wear thick gloves and safety goggles when doing this activity.

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Clear as ice

What’s happening?

Try leaving a glass of tap water on the table for a day without touching it. You’ll notice the sides of the glass are speckled with bubbles. Where did this gas come from? It came right out of the water, in fact. As the water passed through the pipes on its way to your home, gases from the surrounding air were dissolved into it.

As the water warms, it is able to hold less gas. Boiling the water removes a lot of the dissolved gases in the water, just as a glass of water left out on a table will release bubbles.
Freezing the water does the same thing. Ice is formed as the water molecules line up with one another, which also pushes out dissolved gases and minerals. Because the water freezes from the top down, the dissolved gases are pushed slowly to the bottom until it collects into bubbles. Filtered water has less dissolved minerals in it, also making for clearer ice cubes. So should you be using non-filtered water for this activity, to make the difference more obvious?

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New prime Herald's perfect discovery

Six is an interesting number. If you add its factors 1, 2 and 3 together, you get 6. This is a neat trick that only works for some numbers, and mathematicians describe these numbers as perfect.

discoveryThe next perfect number after 6 is 28 (1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 = 28), and the third perfect number is 496. But most numbers aren’t perfect. Numbers with a sum of factors that falls short of the number are known as deficient. An example is 14, where 1 + 2 + 7 = 10. Others, such as 24, have too large a sum, (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 12 = 36) and are called abundant.

We have found some interesting clues to help us search for perfect numbers. The Greek geometer Euclid found a way of constructing perfect even numbers. He took a type of special number called Mersenne primes and multiplied them by a certain number of 2s. Many years after Euclid, the renowned mathematician Euler showed that all perfect even numbers could be made using Euclid’s formula.

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Some Kit-Kat bars will contain a GPS device to track eaters in the UK

kit-katThe UK residents who love eating Kit-Kat bars now have the opportunity to unwrap a GPS device that Nestle intends to use to find out who they are and offer them a prize. This brings back the memories of the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which tells Charlie Bucket’s story who is one of the winners of a golden ticket that allows him and other four kids from other countries of the world to visit Willy Wonka’s tightly guarded chocolate factory.

According to Nestle, it is the first company to market its chocolate candies using a GPS based promotion, which is dubbed “We Will Find You”. The company will place a bar that is GPS enabled inside four Kit-Kat candy versions. The York press newspaper reports that the Kit-Kat candy containing the GPS device will appear just like regular Kit-Kat bars. When the person who has bought the bar opens the wrapper by pulling a tab, he or she will activate the device and this will notify the candy maker. Continue Reading

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Try this: Reversing perspective

You will need

  • printed copy of this file on separate pages
  • Coloured pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What to do

  1. Colour in the house picture.
  2. Cut out the picture along the thick black lines.
  3. Fold along the dotted lines so the picture sticks up in the middle like a flat-topped pyramid.
  4. Put glue on the tabs marked ‘a’, and stick them down to keep the pyramid shape.
  5. Put glue on the ‘b’ tabs, and stick the pyramid onto the rectangle on the other sheet of paper. Continue Reading

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3D photo

How do you take a 3D picture?

3D photo

Chuong's system captures the 3d shape of insects.

3D is in! 3D movies and computer games are increasingly popular, but the technology can be used for more than just cool special effects – scientists can get a lot of information from a simulated 3D object. But it can be hard making these 3D objects. To help, Dr Chuong Nguyen from CSIRO is developing a simple system of capturing the shapes and colours of insects.

The first step is to take a lot of 2D photos of the insect. They are taken from lots of different angles, to capture as much detail as possible. A calibrating pattern is placed underneath the insect and is used to work out precisely where the camera was when each photo was taken. Continue Reading

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Make a perpetual calendar

calendarYou will need

* Scissors
* Split pin or drawing pin and eraser
* Printout of the two discs, on separate pieces of paper. You can download them here: download

To make the calendar

1. Cut out the smaller disc.
2. Cut out the thick dark window on the smaller disc.
3. Put the smaller disc on top of the larger one, and push a split pin through the middle of both discs. If you don’t have a split pin, put an eraser underneath both discs and push a drawing pin through the centre of both discs and into the eraser. Continue Reading

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Monitoring Software

The Internet can be tricky for parents to deal with because kids often need to use the Internet for school, but parents parents are often worried about the various activities that their children might be engaged in. Peer-to-peer file sharing can lead to lawsuits and even a criminal prosecution. Some teens might engage in activities online that are embarrassing to the family or may lead to viruses or hackers accessing the computer. Fortunately, there are various forms of monitoring software that can offer parental control.

Monitoring software can also be very helpful when parents are trying to learn what their children are up to, such as whether they are attending class or doing their homework.

Many teens use the computer purchased specifically for schoolwork to play computer games or chat with friends. Monitoring software can not only record activities on the computer, but smartphone software such as Mobile Spy can silently record the teen's GPS information, text messages and phone call information.

Monitoring software sits silently on a computer or mobile device and monitors all of the activities carried out on the device, encouraging the teen to consistently use the device for communication. Activity is usually uploaded to an online account so that the parent can monitor activity from anywhere without having to get close to the phone. This is crucial since parents will usually not have physical access to the phone without arousing suspicion.

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