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Horsepower vs Torque In 1000 words

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Each minute, this mill generated four horsepower.

What are horsepower and torque?

Horsepower‘ is a unit of power that was originally coined to market steam engines to mill owners.   Before the age of steam engines, mills would harness a number of horses to a large wheel and have them walk in a circle in order to turn a shaft at the center of the wheel, and thereby run the mill.  One horsepower is the shaft-turning work done per minute by one theoretical horse in such a theoretical mill. (more…)


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Yams: Sweet Potato Impostors

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Sweet potatoes and yams. To this day many people consider them either interchangeable or different names for the same thing. When I was very young, I didn’t know the difference. I just knew that the fat, soggy discs I was fed on a weekly basis were horrible and that the hearty, flaky skinned, cinnamon-spiced delights served at my Grandma’s for Thanksgiving were delicious. For awhile I chalked it up to the method of preparation: the cinnamon and oven-baking must be the key. But I was wrong. Although they look similar on your plate, one of these orange-fleshed root vegetables is an all-star and the other is a worthless fraud with a  name that rhymes with ‘scam’. (more…)


Horsepower vs Torque In 1000 words

What are horsepower and torque? ‘Horsepower‘ is a unit of power that was originally coined to market steam engines to mill owners.   Before the age of steam engines, mills would harness a number of horses to a large wheel and have them walk in a circle in order to turn a shaft at the center of the wheel, and thereby run the mill.  One horsepower is the shaft-turning work done per minute by one theoretical horse in such a theoretical mill. Work happens when a force is exerted upon an object to achieve a...
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Yams: Sweet Potato Impostors

Sweet potatoes and yams. To this day many people consider them either interchangeable or different names for the same thing. When I was very young, I didn’t know the difference. I just knew that the fat, soggy discs I was fed on a weekly basis were horrible and that the hearty, flaky skinned, cinnamon-spiced delights served at my Grandma’s for Thanksgiving were delicious. For awhile I chalked it up to the method of preparation: the cinnamon and oven-baking must be the key. But I was wrong. Although they look...
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