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mote

mote  n.— «Wireless sensor networks consist of small devices that are called motes. Each mote contains a power supply, sensors, and a small computer. The power supply is typically a battery, which may also have a small solar panel for...

farmer blow

farmer blow  n.— «“I was in 4-H and FFA, a total farm girl. That helped in the Army, kind of a roughneck thing,” she says and launches into a description about a friend in her military unit, “the prissiest thing you’d ever want...

flamboozle

flamboozle  v.— «Patrick Swayze said in an interview that he (Swayze) was proud of his 5-acre farm in California and was flamboozled (probably not his exact words :-)) when he heard that Gibson had bought 17,000 acres in Montana...

plasticulture

plasticulture  n.— «“Things look terrific out there. We have some nice big fruit,” said farm owner Mary McCaffrey, who uses a growing technique called “plasticulture.” The terms applies to using plastic to assist the...

nameplate capacity

nameplate capacity  n.— «If someone speaks of a 50-MW wind farm, he’s talking about what’s called nameplate capacity meaning the amount of energy it can produce—not the amount it will always generate.» —“Just because it’s ‘green’...

foodshed

foodshed  n.— «He went on to explain that Polyface does not ship long distance, does not sell to supermarkets, and does not wholesale its food. All of the meat and eggs that Polyface produces is eaten within a few dozen miles or, at the...

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