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Business Analysis

I need to do an in depth business analusis of any company for college. I need real details on board of directors, mission statements, history, future plans... Everything!! I can't seem to find any organization or business however that publishes such details on the internet.... ANyone know of any company or website that offers such details?? CAN ANYONE HELP-----DESPERATE!! THANKS

Chances are that your institution gives you access to electronic journals. Try looking up company profiles on Business Source Premier. --Remi0o 22:25, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

MSC in England

I;ve been looking for a reliable webpage that offers rankings of universities in the uk based on the quality of their courses... THANKS

This is a bit of a late response, but I've found the Guardian helpful - see their postgraduate course search and their ranked guide to UK universities. Cormaggio beep 15:49, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Courses in Japanese

Hi, I've been interested in studying Japanese at university for a while, but I can't seem to find any universities that offer a course in the language in Scotland. Am I just not looking hard enough or in the wrong places? Thanks, Martin

The University of Edinburgh has a Japanese course. [1] Also St. Andrews has a program for the Japanese language. [2] Keep looking and call the universities, I bet you will find more that offer Japanese. Zoo 19:47, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

O level physics help

I need some help in physics for o levels.can u please suggest something on your site??

Physics is forming at you could probably ask some questions there or at the participants discussion pages. There is an excellent Physics Portalw:Portal:Physics at Wikipedia. There are also 2545 pages resulting from a physics search at Wikibooksb:Special:Search?search=physics&fulltext=Search. <<-- Click on previous reference link for the search at Wikibooks. Hope this helps. Mirwin 13:56, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

english sample paper

dear mam or sir

i want 10th class cbse board solved english sample paper if you can help me in this i am greatful to you aayush 08:16, 19 August 2006

aayush, this project is fairly new and may not have detailed information such as you request yet. There are at least two research papers at Wikibooks, one on Sharks submitted for 12th grade biology requirement in U.S. and one on use of Asteroidal nickel-iron steel compared to kapton and other common materials created for a 321 Materials Science class at Oregon State University. Both papers received A's and may serve as an adequate example of a "research" paper. You may need assistance from an administrator to recover them as they were not textbooks and may have been deleted. I hope you find them useful. Mirwin 09:41, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
Aayush, You could start by learning the correct use of capitals and punctuation.You can also start using the dictionary to learn the right spellings for words like "greatful".All the best for your career in the BPO industry. (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) )


When was Wikiversity started, and how long will it be in beta? 879(CoDe) 00:39, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Wikiversity was started on the 15th of august. We're not sure how long it will be in beta, but we won't leave beta till everything is up to standard and running smoothly. --Draicone (talk) 00:55, 27 September 2006 (UTC)
The plan is for a six month beta period. --JWSchmidt 02:24, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

May i know, which is the best Universtiy in USA to study MBA?

There are many excellent Universities in the U.S. providing MBA programs. You will need to provide further criteria before a meaningul choice can be made. If money is no object you can rub elbows with future presidential candidate at Yale or Harvard. If you like to ski I would recommend you check out Colorado. If you must work your way through earning money to pay tuition then I would recommend either the East or West Coast or Texas. They all have large economies and excellent public school systems. Several widely circulated magazines such as Time or U.S. News provide annual comparisons of various schools. I suggest you check with a local library to find out if it has such a guide. Mirwin 09:41, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
Agreed. Start with the Ivy Leagues. Rayshan 18:08, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
Brigham Young University was actually shown to give the most bang for the buck in its MBA program recently (essentially providing Ivy League salary raises for a much lower pricetag)[3]. There are various other ranking criteria to keep in mind, as well as culture—some students, for example, may object to the pervasive religiousness found at BYU. The Jade Knight 11:32, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Short term interest rates

I need a list by country of short-term interest rates. This should be current short-term interet rates or within the past 3 months. Can you help me get such a list?

Thanks, Byron Shoulton

Anon question (moved from top)

I wish to do my undergraduate course in the USA or in the UK, what am I to do, to get a sponsor? User: 06:46, August 25, 2006

Apply directly to the university or college that interests you. Nearly all major US and UK universities have programs for overseas students and detail the requirements you'll need to meet to travel and stay in the country chosen (look for the Administration or Registrar's offices on the university web sites). You typically don't need an individual sponsor to study overseas but you will need to be formally accepted to study in order to start the application process for visa entry.

Lesson Plan

How do you write a Lesson plan? Any resources or advice to be found anywhere? Dev920 14:16, 27 August 2006 (UTC)
This was a useful looking site but they were incredibly slow. I suspect a 386 with a 9600 baud modem servicing the entire planet.
Concisely, a lesson plan is an outline of material you intend to present to a group; put down a date, set of learning objectives, a concise introduction to arouse interest and then a list of key talking points and procedures (issue handouts, tune your computer to this URL, turn on overhead, etc.) and then a summary of key points to discuss, finally a wrapup or summary conclusion. I have seen this paraphrased as: Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them. The lesson plan outlines the material so you do not get way off track or mix yourself up in what is essentially a public presentation.
Detailed instructions here:
Excellent, thankyou. Now it just remains to be seen if I can do with a single url what my teacher spent two years at university learning to do! :D Dev920 23:49, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Copied from Wikiversity talk:About

Hi I am really new to Wiki. I am very much interested in Wikiversity. I read somethin regarding getting a degree/job. Can someone please enumerate on this. kind regards Arunkumaran Varadharajan

Nothing about finding jobs here (though, if you ask in specific departments, they may be able to provide further help), and degrees are a long way off, but we're working on it. See Wikiversity:Creation of Free Online University and Wikihigh. The Jade Knight 11:37, 20 February 2007 (UTC)


Is it copyright or plagarism to write down everything a teacher says and does in a lesson and then turn that into a lesson plan? I don't think it is, because you never even saw the original material, let alone copied it, but, I don't know... Dev920 23:51, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Some instructors and schools claim to own their course materials. Check with your instructor. --JWSchmidt 00:31, 30 August 2006 (UTC)
Ah, but can it count if you never actually *saw* any course material, you merely consumed it? Dev920 10:44, 3 September 2006 (UTC)
If you paraphrase it and integrate additional information from other sources then it is your own synthesis and you own the copyright and may submit it. If you have an excellent memory and key in verbatim what you heard then you are not the origin of the material and it has no unique presentation which belongs to you; in which case the copyrights are the teacher's or institutions and you should not submit it as belonging to you. Get permission from the teacher and/or institution. This has the added benefit of making the teacher and/or institution aware of Wikiversity as a resource so pat yourself on the back for the contribution to our success. 03:25, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

Shrubbery and pollution

Copied from Wikiversity:Talk page how can i obtain shrubbery from the state to filter off highway pollution? My front door is appr. 15ft. to the hwy. (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) ) - Trevor MacInnis 16:00, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

Jews in Russia

In the aftermath of the first Kishinev pogrom, Theodore Roosevelt tells Nicholas II: "Stop your cruel oppression of the Jews."

i am studying russian history and the romanovs. someone told me that tsar nicholas would send troops in to slaughter villages of jews if he "woke up on the wrong side of the bed." i find this hard to believe, is there any documentation to back it up? Tkfusco1466 07:42, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Here is an image from History of the Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union at Wikipedia:

RHCE/RHCT test papers

Where would i get sample papers with answers for RHCE and RHCT these are two exams from RedHat.I want to practice some examples.if anyone knows it please forword the link to my email address Thank you...Deepak

Nanotech majors/degrees

I'm looking at colleges with an undergraduate program in nanophysics or nanotechnology. Right now I'm looking at the University of Central Florida, Georgia Tech, and Rice University. Does anyone have any opinions on them, or can offer any more schools?--Mac Davis 19:48, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

The first thing I found on the internet is the Education Center of the national nanotechnology initiative which provides a list of university programs. We should start a Wikiversity page for nanotechnology. --JWSchmidt 20:07, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
Oregon State University has a nanotech program or research center getting started. A search of their web prescence may be fruitful.

Categories and uploads

Several questions. First, I am a teaching assistant for sociology of the family course. We have a draft of a book at Wikibooks (b:Sociology of the Family), but no page at wikiversity. I decided to create a page for my students in userspace at User:Piotrus/Sociology of the family; I would also think that it can be used to develop a general course template for others teaching this and similar courses so they could copy that page - but I am not sure where should I list it. So far I added it to Category:Courses, but I am not sure if this is the correct category. Further, I have uploaded the syllabus for the course at User:Piotrus/Sociology of the family/Syllabus, but there is no Category:Syllabi - which I find strange, as I thought syllabi would be one of the things we would share at Wikiversity. Going further along those lines, I would like to upload to Wikiversity some excercies I have designed for this and other courses I have tought, but I am unable to find what is our policy on uploading non-image files and where could I list them so others can use: I have various stuff ranging from presentations, syllabi, grading rubrics, crosswords, assignments and other stuff, some of which can be copied to a wiki page, other (like presentations) which has to be uploaded as a file - and no idea where to share them. For example, I would like to create a Sociology of the family page where those teaching this subject could discuss it and which would link to my course and those of others teaching it, plus tools we found usable in that course - but I am still not sure if this idea is compatibile with Wikiversity at all, and if so, what are the applicable categories and pages to list this project at?--Piotrus 16:00, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikiversity. There are currently some templates in Category:Page creation templates. I think people have been reluctant to make a "general course template" because the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees suggested that Wikiversity not make conventional courses a high priority. We do have a template for starting a "department" (Template:Department boilerplate); a Wikiversity department is basically content development project for a particular academic topic area. We also have Template:Learning project boilerplate for starting new learning projects. There is nothing magical about these existing should feel free to create new ones. "policy on uploading non-image files" <-- as far as I know, there is no such policy. Go ahead and upload any learning materials you have. Feel free to create Sociology of the family, you might want to start participating at School:Sociology, Wikiversity's content development project for sociology. --JWSchmidt 16:38, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
One of the strengths of the wiki media is the ability of all to edit and upgrade or tweak text. Most files that are predominantly text would not be uploaded unless you wish to freeze the text. They would be cut and pasted into the wiki interface so others may tweak the online presentation. If you wish to freeze the material I would suggest linking to the upload from your personal user space unless you have an active ongoing class and wish to keep all the files "together" in the curriculum area.

Mosquitoes and HIV

why do mosquitoes transmit only chikungunya virus and not HIV? WHY CAN'T THEY DO SO THOUGH BOTH ARE VIRUSES?

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is in the virus family Togaviridae while HIV is a retrovirus. It is easier to inactivate HIV by exposing it to reactive chemicals such as oxygen. --JWSchmidt 10:58, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

PhD in games/simulations

13 : I want to do a Part time ph.d in the broad area of simulation and game design. I want to do it without leaving my current job? Any clues, suggestions, pointers?

A: where do you live? B: Generally, you need to specialize quite a bit to do a PhD. C: Do you have a Masters? The Jade Knight 18:34, 14 October 2006 (UTC)


importants and scop of organisational behaviour in globalization? personality one is skin deep ? perfection makes the different among the individuals? attitude make the altitude discuss in relevent to organisation? maning is not a contunuous process why ? and when ? critically examin .. Unsigned question by 10:38, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

What is your native language? Perhaps we can find a help desk in your language so that your question will be better understood, and that you will receive a better response. The Jade Knight 22:27, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Two questions

Thank you for allowing me to ask, this is for my own information. I have two questions. Does anyone know any thing of Lummarians? I heard they are beings who pre-exsist Atlantians. Are there any pictures of them? And My second question is of Princess Alixandrea who was Russian and married an English Prince. Who is she, are there any pictures of her?

Love & Light Aikidreams

Hi! In response to your second question (and this is a shot in the dark) but it may have been Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Alexander II, and who married Prince Alfred, duke of Edinburgh (a son of Queen Victoria). There is a photo of her on that page. As for the "Lummarians", I think it is spelt "Lumarian" or more often "Lemurian" - and it is usually associated with the idea of the "fall of man" (though it has taken on other meanings in science fiction). I can't find any definitive information online - I don't have any book references to hand - but I would encourage you (as anyone) to read critically what you find through Google. You might find these Wikipedia articles on the Lemurian continent or Madame Blavatsky's "root race" useful - or perhaps not. Please tell us what you think or what you find. Cormaggio 10:24, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

Submittal Form

I've seen reference to a "submittal form" but no direct description or description. Could someone please fill me in on what it is, where to find it and its functionality. Appreciated. morley 19:09, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

It is the web form that you fill out when editing. When finished you hit the submit button and hope noone else has been editing at same time. It has some binding requirements at the bottom regarding the materials submitted and agreement that you affirm it is appropriate to place it under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Mirwin 11:26, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

i want to know best advertising schools in usa,uk, and india and what is the process for addmisions

? can u provide me all the details?

Physics question

I am working on a homework assignment for school, and I have seen (by my research) that salt water takes longer to boil than natural water, which has nothing else in it. If this is true, can anyone tell me why this is? I have tried looking it up, but found nothing (but it may be because I don't know what to search for). If you can help me, I will be very grateful. Thanks (

Try reading w:Raoult's law. Think about the equilibrium attained by molecules of water that are moving between the liquid phase and the gas phase at the liquid-gas interface. The chance of a molecule in the liquid having enough kinetic energy to escape the liquid phase is roughly proportional to the fraction of molecules in the solution that are water. As you heat the liquid towards the boiling temperature of water, salt ions in the solution can "hold" kinetic energy that otherwise (in pure water) would have a chance of ejecting water molecules into the gas phase. In other words, solutes cause vapor pressure decreases which results in boiling point elevation as shown here. --JWSchmidt 21:04, 3 November 2006 (UTC)


pyridinoline This discussion is from Wiktionary. If anyone has an answer we would be happy. Thanks Andrew massyn 08:01, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

  1. A cross-linking carboxy-terminal telopeptide in Type 1 Collagen, typically found in organic bone. It is useful clinically as a marker of bone resorption, as it measures the breakdown of type 1 collagen in bone.

I don't think this is quite right. SemperBlotto 14:41, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Can't find it in an on-line dictionary, and it isn't in wikipedia (if it turns out to be a real word and correctly spelled we should let them know), but I found 98,300 googles, looks possible. I did fix some of the formatting. (it's still rfc, still capitalized). RJFJR 14:32, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
It is the facts that I am unsure of. It doesn't seem to be a peptide (as defined) but a derivative of pyridine that links peptides. I haven't been able to find a good definition or a structure anywhere though. SemperBlotto 15:53, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Moved the question to Wikiversity & will revert later with a descision. Andrew massyn 08:01, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

I got the following from various online Oxford dictionaries:
  • pyrrolidine (noun) (Chemistry): a pungent liquid made by reduction of pyrrole. Chem. formula: C4H8NH. -- The New Oxford American Dictionary, second edition
  • pyrimidine (noun) (Chemistry): a colourless crystalline compound with basic properties.
    • A heteroaromatic compound; chem. formula: C4H4N2.
    • ( also pyrimidine base ) [count noun] a substituted derivative of pyrimidine, especially the bases thymine and cytosine present in DNA.
    • ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from German Pyrimidin, from pyridine, with the insertion of -im- from imide. -- The Oxford Dictionary of English (revised edition)
  • pyridine (noun) (Chemistry): a colourless volatile odorous liquid, formerly obtained from coal tar, used as a solvent and in chemical manufacture (Chem. formula: C5 H5 N).
    • ORIGIN Greek pur ‘fire’ + -ide + -ine4 -- The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary.
Nothing of that spelling listed however. Cormaggio talk 15:27, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
However, a search of a medical database gives a number of results, eg:
  • Urinary CTX-II and glucosyl-galactosyl-pyridinoline are associated with the presence and severity of radiographic knee osteoarthritis in men. K.M. Jordan, H.E. Syddall, P. Garnero, E. Gineyts, E.M. Dennison, A.A. Sayer, P.D. Delmas, C. Cooper, N.K. Arden. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. July 2006 v65 i7 p871(7).
  • Vitamin K status among children with cystic fibrosis and its relationship to bone mineral density and bone turnover. Steven P. Conway, Susan P. Wolfe, Keith G. Brownlee, Helen White, Brian Oldroyd, John G. Truscott, Julia M. Harvey, Martin J. Shearer. Pediatrics. May 2005 v115 i5 p1325(7).
Basically, I can find reference to it in medical journals but not medical dictionaries - perhaps people like JWSchmidt or HappyCamper might know better where to start looking? Cormaggio talk 15:42, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
Hmm...I forgot this page existed on Wikiversity until I saw your edit summary! The spelling is correct. Check out D. Fujimoto, T. Moriguchi, T. Ishida, H. Hayashi, "The Structure of Pyridinoline, a collagen crosslink" in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications volume 88, number 1, 1978, pages 52-57. In their abstract, they say that they isolated this compound from bovine bone. Plenty of details in this paper. I'm not going to draw the class of compounds represented by pyridinoline though, since ASCII art is not my forte. :-) I suspect the entry on Wiktionary is based on more recent (and interesting) findings about this compound - that I'm not familiar with. If anything, at least this paper is a solid reference for that Wiktionary entry. --HappyCamper 17:37, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

"Dscussion copied to Wiktionary. Andrew massyn 02:31, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Electrical Cable Tests

Can anybody help me out on the various tests conducted on electric cables as per the British/IEC standards? 06:15, 16 November 2006 (UTC)


Does this word actually mean wanker and friend? Does not make any sense.--Williamsayers79 17:28, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Seems feasible. Greek ??????? means soft, tender; and ??????????? means to abuse oneself, to masturbate (lit., I make it get soft). I’m not familiar with the form ??????? per se, but ?????? means a softening of the brain. I can see how ??????? could mean both. —Stephen 09:52, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
Did we chase all the Greeks away? I will ask at Wikiversity. Andrew massyn 19:08, 17 November 2006 (UTC

If you spell the word exactly as you have it means wanker. It does not mean friend although some cypriots use it for fun instead of saying something like "oh Man...!" And yes i'm sure because i'm CYpriot!!

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pls, o'd like to know the rights of the unborn child (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) )

Depends on where in the world you are. The classic case is Pinchin and another v Santam Insurance Company, a South African Case which confirmed cases in various other jurisdictions that the unborn child was entitled claim civil damages for an injury committed while in utero. This case is cited worldwide and has been followed in Canada, Australia and (as far as I am aware in the UK). This does not mean that an unborn child has rights to life, as the damages must be quantified while the child is alive. If the child is born dead or its life is terminated by abortion, it is not born alive and hence no damages can flow. Andrew massyn 19:55, 22 November 2006 (UTC)


I've been making the rounds of all the informational sites I know of, including Wikipedia [[w:Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Archives/Science/2006_November_26#Palmistry]w:Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Science#Palmistry_2]. My basic question is, magic and wishful thinking aside, what can you actually find out about a person from their hand? It's involved in almost everything we do, surely that leaves its mark. Black Carrot 23:42, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

There was an episode of Seinfeld dealing with this topic. In my case, there are interesting stories behind a scar on one of my thumbs and a bent finger due to repetitive use in a factory job. The scar on my thumb has been there, on the dorsal surface, unchanged since age 5. I've had many other injuries on ventral (palm) side of my hands, but none of them have left a lasting scar, which surprises me. Have you heard about the genetics of mid-digital finger hair? --JWSchmidt 00:44, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
Hi Black Carrot! So, I see you have discovered this little treasure trove here at Wikiversity - welcome! Anyway, the location of calluses might be correlated with handedness - you might be able to find one of them on the dominant hand where a pencil would normally be held. Nail colour might be suggestive of some medical conditions. The list goes on, but of course would not be solid proof for much. --HappyCamper 13:30, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
Hi! That's the first thing I thought of, too. The only problem with that is that scars are rare (as are medical conditions that effect the nail) and don't say much about the person who has them, and most people I know don't seem to have callouses. Do you know of anything else that has a visible effect on a person's hand? Changes in musculature, maybe? Black Carrot 03:29, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
How about smoking? Stained fingers are a telltale sign. Other than that, I'm not sure if there's much more to read into a hand. I'll let you know if I run into something on this topic. --HappyCamper 23:09, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Lung diseases often cause clubbed fingers: . There's also a sign called Raynaud's phenomenon where your fingers turn red, white and blue, possibly indicating a variety of connective tissue diseases: -- User:PDuck:PDuck 10.54, 28 March 2007

Proposed Wikiversity Service: Research Assistants, plus Citations and Summary Tree

I'd like to start a Wikiversity research group to help others in their academic endeavors by providing assistance in finding source literature and citations. Something along the lines of the Wikiversity Research Assistants' Guild, or what-have-you. I love digging into books and journals for other people and myself regarding obscure topics, and have found that many people don't really have a knack for it. This group could post their results regarding particular topics, and then form a tree of pages within the Wikiversity site that organize the text and journal citations per subject with a brief summary of how it applies. This would allow faster research for people with obscure or poorly-examined topics and interests. Who's with me!? Message me at this same username on Wikipedia. 00:02, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Whoops! This is my username: TeamZissou 00:06, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

This is something we need to do. Please go ahead and start. We put the equivalent of Wikipedia "WikiProjects" (Wikiversity improvement projects) in either the "School:" or the "Topic:" namespace. Actual learning projects go in the main namespace. Maybe we could have a portal page and a category to provide easy access to (and organize) all of these related projects for each subject area. --JWSchmidt 00:35, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Okay. I'm not too sure how to structure it at this point and would appreciate help getting started. I'll try to do something by this coming weekend to get the groundwork going. Again, post a message here or at my user page with any recommendations or to begin a dialog on how we should proceed. Thanks! TeamZissou 20:01, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Financial Models

What are Financial Models? How do Financial Models work? -- 07:02, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Try asking the people who are developing learning resources at School:Economics. --JWSchmidt 14:50, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
I find that Wikiversity & Wikibooks are not as popular as Wikipedia. This is probably due to the fact Wikipedia requires References & Notability. -- 01:29, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Wikiversity is a new project. Wikiversity also has rules about citing sources. --JWSchmidt 20:50, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

placement services

may i know about placement services

It seems like this is one topic that the editors of Wikiversity:Services left out! --JWSchmidt 16:00, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

how to publish a book

Have you been to Wikibooks?--JWSchmidt 16:00, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Huh?--Elatanatari 01:23, 21 January 2007 (UTC)


How do you know how many gallons are in a horizontal tank ? What math formula do you use to convert the inches on a dipstick into the gallons in the tank ? -

What do you mean by "horizontal tank"? More information is needed about the shape of the tank. --JWSchmidt 05:21, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

A petroleum tank that is in the ground. Such as a gas tank at a gas station. If you know the amount the tank will hold, the size of the tank in diameter how can you tell how many gallons are in the tank when you take a dipstick reading. Example: a 92 inch diameter tank that holds 12,000 gallons of product and you dip the tank and it reads 32 1/4 inches. How many gallons are in the tank

try this. --JWSchmidt 17:56, 14 January 2007 (UTC)


How to read Aneroid Barometer? i have one that need to be adjusted as per current atmosphereic. pressure. Pl. help MEANING OF LIFE? thanks

first google hit. --JWSchmidt 22:43, 14 January 2007 (UTC)


–Hi, I have an aneroid barometer and i d'ont know as how to resest it ot the current atmosphereic pressure. or to say it more simply is i d'ont know how to redit either. Any help in this regard would be appriciated. Thanks. cabaka.

Maybe try w:Barometer or this link.. Cormaggio beep 16:26, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

website designing

I would like to know ahout webdesining —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:06, 18 January 2007 (UTC).

Try Topic:Web Design. --JWSchmidt 05:48, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

H1B Work Permit in USA

Many consultancies are offerring H1B work permit in US with employers but they are asking for security moey which is 80% refundable. Is it fine to accept these type of opportunities. How can be assure that employer will refund the money asper said.

See H-1B Visa at Wikipedia. --JWSchmidt 13:10, 23 January 2007 (UTC)


Can you give me some brief outline about the history of america?

It is a topic that needs to be started at School:History. This might be useful: US History --JWSchmidt 13:10, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Business Planning

I am looking for a "Planning a Company" article for my business class

Thanks Chani

What kind of company? Two person farm or a fortune 500 automobile manufacturer? What kind of class? Accounting, Introduction to Entrepreneurialship, Marketing, Project Management, Process Design or Management, Logistics, etc.? If you create a user account and sign your posts with four tilda's, the software inserts a link to your account and timestamps your entry. We can then easily have a discussion at your account talk page and look around for applicable materials. These can be added or linked to from appropriate Wikiversity pages ... thus improving the materials locally while assisting you with finding material for your article. Mirwin 06:19, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


How can one write about gastronomy of perticular countries, if one hasn't yet visited that country? Is there any posibility to get some wider explenations in internet or by e/mail, for one can't do this because of largly rigid visa regim.

How can one find some material of regional cuisines in internet and for free.One can't travel because of visa regim, therefore one must seek in internet.

Is it true that there is no such thing that there is no university that teaches Gastronomy in Europe, or is it false. Please submit some Gastronomy faculties in wikipedia or something.

Please participate at School:Gastronomy. --JWSchmidt 15:21, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

baking powder (cookery)

have you a recipe for making baking powder ? I think it is a combination of bicarbonate of soda & cream of tartar. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:56, 27 January 2007 (UTC).

See the Wikipedia article for baking powder. --JWSchmidt 01:02, 28 January 2007 (UTC)



Wikipedia has articles for NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrial Average. --JWSchmidt 01:04, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

my question is about entreprenuership to the development of an economy. Can I get something concrete. my e-mail address is

polar bear's fur

1- Why does the polar bear's fur appear white hue despite it is a translucent and bear's skin is black ?

2- It`s mentioned in w:Polar_Bear#_note-12:

       ...It was originally hypothesized that the hollow hairs of a polar bear coat acted as
    fiber optic tubes to conduct light to the black polar bear skin, where it could be
    absorbed. However, a number of recent studies have demonstrated that this is not true[15]. 

and the Ref. [15]==[4] says:

     ....New direct measurement of high optical attenuation rates in polar bear hairs ...and
     reanalysis of the data of Tributsch et al ..... seem to rule out the UV waveguiding 
     proposed by Grojean et al .......

Can U give me more details about this subject [i.e: UV waveguiding proposed by Grojean, and recent studies which have demonstrated that this is not true]? much thanx 4 Ur cooperation
Pin Yin

This does not sound like a "general knowledge" question. Maybe you should start a research project: Polar bear hairs. --JWSchmidt 00:34, 29 January 2007 (UTC)


A friend and I have been role playing on the internet. She told me she wants to write a book, but lacks the writing the skills. I want to help her aqcuire these skills, but don't know anything about tutoring.... What do I do? (from User:Zenythmon)

You want to help someone learn to write? Make them write something, then tell them how to improve it. Keep repeating until they no longer need your help. Put the book idea on a wiki and let the world help write the book. --JWSchmidt 00:30, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
If the book is a textbook you can do as suggested at If you wish to start small you could find a stub at www.wikipedia and do the research and writing to enhance the stub. If you are willing to start tutoring with lesson plans then identify a topic you are interested in and use the information at links provided Wikiversity:Creating_a_lesson_plan to organize your presentation here at Wikiversity. I have not checked but we could probably use writing, editing, and getting published learning trails here at Wikiversity. [user:mirwin]
The forums at the Official Time-Waster's Guide may be a good place to ask this question, actually. In the meantime, check out Topic:English Language and Topic:Literature The Jade Knight 11:48, 20 February 2007 (UTC)