The Benefits of Anti-Fog Agents

By Adrianna Larimer

Anti-Fog

Anti-fog agents which are also referred to as anti-fogging agents and treatments are different types of chemicals used to prevent condensation from water as small forms of droplets along a surface. The condensation from water as small droplets is what resembles fog. Anti-fog treatments were first created by NASA while Project Gemini was taking place. During one of the first space suit space-walk tests, one of the astronauts had fogged up his helmet visor. This created the process of NASA developing the anti-fog treatment/solution, and the anti-fog technology continues to improve and perfected till today. Nowadays anti-fog treatments can be used for the simplest things like transparent glass or plastic surfaces used in optical applications like a pair of glasses, a camera lens, and even display mirrors. Anti-fogging treatments are constantly improving and evolving to change with the times and needs. Some of the most popular chemicals that are used in anti-fog solutions and treatments are known as surfactants and the surfactants act by minimizing any surface tension of the water.

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Everything You’ve Ever Needed To Know About Call Center Headsets

Call Center with Work Stations and Communication Headsets

Through modern technology, new inventions have been made for people to have at their disposal. This can make many lives a lot easier and convenient. What the people have now, generations before them might not have had. For example, the telephone is a modern invention that continues to evolve and change, and it’s something people have learned and gained to rely on. The telephone has gone from dials, to cords, to bulk, and finally to wireless and small enough to fit in the modern pocket. Most people in this day and age use telephones in everything they do, in their personal lives and in their workspaces and it has become a big part of many peoples lives. As times go on to change more and more workplaces are adding modern equipment into their workspaces, which is amazing as society evolves and changes consistently. 

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How Pioneer Became an Audio Standard

Pioneer Audio has always been one of the greats when it comes to sound. With their deep bass and excellent sound quality. Although, their perfected sound didn’t happen overnight. The founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, spent many years creating what Pioneer is today. He went from creating speakers in his garage to forging his company into becoming one of the biggest car audio brands in the world.

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Accessories You Need for a Successful Offroad Adventure

Off-Road Vehicle
Off-Road Accessories

Avid off-roaders know how important it is to equip their vehicles with technology that will protect it while it’s operating in harsh conditions and over rough terrains. If you’re new to off-roading adventures and want to prepare yourself and your vehicle for what’s to come, consider the following technology before braving the countryside.

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The Modern Office – Welcome To The 21st Century

How we define “the office” has changed quite a bit since the 1990s. In the past, an office was simply a space where people gathered to complete their work tasks. Today, with the advent of the internet, the cloud, and teleconferencing, the modern office has evolved into something far more advanced and dynamic. It’s also become something a bit more abstract. Offices can be purely physical, entirely virtual, or some combination of the two. The scope of an individual’s work no longer appears limited to the office itself either. From our modern offices, we are more connected with the entire value chain.

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Innovative Products And Services In Modern Dentistry That We Often Take For Granted

While the field of dentistry has continued to evolve, many old products and procedures that were once considered perfectly safe and healthy have been discarded as dangerous. Today we find many products that occupy something of a “middle-ground” in this regard (mercury-based fillings, for example).

Despite the fact that dental care still hasn’t been entirely perfected, we should be grateful for the fact that we aren’t limited to the comparatively barbaric forms of dentistry practiced in the distant past with tools as crude as sharpened rocks or the “dental key” (named as such because it resembled a large wooden key that would be fastened to the tooth for extraction by means of twisting the tooth until it shattered).

Here are some often overlooked innovations in modern dentistry that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

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Solar Energy: How It Works, and Why It Matters

Over the years, there’s been increasing interest in solar energy. Many speak of it as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, others claim the technology just “isn’t there yet”. However, when it comes right down to it, most people simply don’t understand the science behind solar energy, or their understanding is based on outdated models of 5 to 10 years in the past.

In this post, we’ll explain how solar power works, dispel some common myths, and help you decide if solar panel installation is right for you.

How It Works

Atomic Structure – A Quick Rundown

Atoms are comprised of three basic particles:

  • Protons
  • Neutrons
  • Electrons

The protons and neutrons make up the atomic nucleus, and are held together through electromagnetism. Since protons have a positive charge and neutrons have a neutral charge, the overall charge of the nucleus is positive. Electrons (with their negative charge) are thus drawn to the nucleus. When atoms have an equal amount of protons and electrons, they attain an overall neutral charge.

Understanding the power of solar energy means knowing why and how solar panels work on this atomic structure.

How Solar Panels Affect Atoms

Solar panels are comprised of a network of photovoltaic cells, meaning they are semi-conductive. Since these cells are given either a positive or negative charge, they create an electric field.

These cells also work to allow sunlight to force electrons free from otherwise neutral atoms, creating a flow of electricity which is then converted to AC (alternating current), a form of electricity that can power homes. Essentially anything you plug into your wall to power a device uses alternative current. With the electricity derived from the solar panels, you can power your whole home.

Energy Benefits of Solar Power

Solar Energy

The average cost per kilowatt hour is increasing, and as fossil fuels become more rare, they are going to continue to go up in price. Solar energy, on the other hand, is projected to only go down in price, costing less than coal or natural gas. This is especially true in areas that see plenty of sunlight year- round such as Arizona or Navada. Many people in these areas who have converted over to solar energy have seen a drastic reduction in their utility bills. With an average of 100 degrees or more during the summer in places like Mesa, switching over to solar energy may just be one of the most cost-effective decisions a resident could make.

Furthermore, it’s also possible to sell energy back to your power company if your home is generating more electricity than you are using. That means you could not only be saving money that would otherwise be spent on your electric bill, you could also be making more money by selling it to your power company. For many people, this is a fantastic investment.

It’s also possible for many residents to claim tax credits and exemptions for their solar energy, helping make the entire cost of installation and use of their solar panels more affordable. Consider the Federal Solar Tax Credit, which allows for a 30% deduction of the installation cost.

Many solar companies are also willing to help their customers by offering $0 down, and then allowing for the cost to be paid off over a certain amount of time. Often times, this cost is even lower than the previous electric bills.

Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Much of the world’s energy crisis is due to the increased demand for ever decreasing fossil fuels. Over time, this model simply can’t be sustained. Not only that, but fossil fuels are not good for the environment. The whole process of extraction, processing, and use of materials like natural gas and coal comes with a heavy price on the environment.

Alternatives like solar power are increasing in popularity due to the fact that they aren’t contributing to this energy crisis. They are rather a renewable or “green” alternative.

Furthermore, the ever growing popularity of solar power is leading to advancements in its technology. The lifespan of solar panels is continuing to increase due to the use of more reliable materials and structures. They don’t have to be replaced often.

What Kind of Maintenance Do Solar Panels Need?

Solar Energy

Simply put, solar panels don’t require much maintenance at all. You can expect high quality solar panels to last for decades without requiring much attention beyond keeping them safe from large amounts of dirt, debris, and snow. In many southern areas where people would get the most benefit from solar energy, these kinds of conditions are fairly rare.

Generally speaking, the most amount of upkeep your solar panels will need is to have their inverters replaced, but even then, this is only required a few times throughout the lifespan of your system. Inverters can usually be warrantied.

Dispelling Some Myths About Solar Energy

Myth 1 – Given How Expensive Batteries Are, Solar Power Just Isn’t Viable

This is an example of people working with an outdated understanding of solar power technology. Most solar power systems don’t require batteries. You generally only need batteries for your solar panels if you want backup power. Otherwise, they simply aren’t required.

Myth 2 – Solar Panels Can’t Pay for Themselves

This is yet another example of people using an outdated understanding of solar panels. The fact is that, as the technology behind solar energy continues to advance, and the materials and overall cost of installation continues to drop, solar panels can pay for themselves over time. This can happen sooner or later depending on where you are located.

Myth 3 – Solar Power Technology Is Simply Inefficient

Years ago, people who believed this may have been right. These days, the technology behind solar power has advanced to the point that solar panels can:

  • Fulfil 100% of your energy demands
  • Pay for themselves over time
  • Produce cleaner energy than fossil fuels

People often claim that “the efficiency of solar energy is only 15 to 20 percent”. However, it’s important to remember that what’s truly relevant is what the end user (the home or business owner) wants. The level of efficiency is not a deterring factor due to the fact that there is an infinite supply of sunlight (at least as far as we’re concerned, as the sun is not going to be burning out for at least five billion years).

Stating the percentage of efficiency is misleading, as it doesn’t change the fact that solar panels can generate all of the energy you need, have an unlimited supply of sunlight to produce their effects, and can pay for themselves over time.

Comparing Ancient and Modern Dentistry

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Comparing Ancient and Modern Dentistry

As time goes on, technology continues to advance. Sometimes this occurs at a slow and steady pace. Other times, there are great leaps forward.

When it comes to the field of dentistry, technology has (thankfully) come a long way. Prior to relatively recent times, this was difficult work and grim work for both the dentist and the patient, something seen as an ugly necessity at best.

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