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The Composition of Dust: Of Mites and Mars

When the cleaners are finished, you?ll be able to breathe easier. Increase your satisfaction with a look at one thing they?ve banished: dust.

Whether you're resting in a mountain cabin, traveling through a city, or being vented out an airlock into outer space, dust is all around you. Microscopic particles?usually a combination of soil, pollen, skin cells, and minerals?can pile up quickly indoors. The problem is exacerbated by tiny creatures called dust mites, which gather in groups of up to 500 per gram of dust to devour flakes of human skin while multiplying in number, excreting waste, and probably chittering away. No matter where you are on Earth, a mote of dust is presently traveling straight toward your eye, thanks to the persistent creation of dust in almost any climate humans inhabit.

Even beyond our planet, dust is ubiquitous: astronomers face the universe's untidiness every time they peer through a telescope and find formations of cosmic dust, which absorb the visible light around them. Although it comes from exploding stars rather than flaky humans, space dust isn't so different from the domestic variety: a 2007 paper published in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science explored the similarities between the formation of dust bunnies under beds and the coagulation of space dust into planets.

205 NE Trilein Dr #205
Ankeny,
IA
US

Midwest Painting's seasoned professionals enliven homes from the inside out with meticulous painting services and color touch-ups for domicile interiors and exteriors. Upon receiving a phone call from a homeowner in need, painters race to residences equipped with plastic covers, drop cloths, and a utility-belt full of brushes and paint-slinging Super Soakers. The assiduous staffers go to great lengths to keep homes and their belongings intact with protective materials, and thoroughly prep targeted surfaces with stripping and pressure washing. For interior projects, the skilled painters can glide brushstrokes of new, vibrant hues over walls, ceilings, doors, and cabinetry. They can also venture outdoors to douse the house's siding, gutters, brick, and secret rooftop helipads with eye-catching color. Midwest Painting makes sure to pick up all of their things before leaving the client's home.

408 SW 3rd St
Ankeny,
IA
US

For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the technicians' slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.

222 NW 3rd Stree Place
Ankeny,
IA
US

Lawns Plus Inc.'s licensed and insured technicians nurture the turf surrounding homes and businesses. These qualified landscapers protect trees and grass plots from insects and drought with pest control and irrigation systems and feed hungry lawns by spreading fertilizers with baby spoons. During the winter months, technicians also shovel snow and hang holiday lights.

6082 NW Beaver Dr
Johnston,
IA
US

Window Genie banishes accumulated weather gunk, leaving windows clear and covered by a no-streak guarantee. A professional troupe of technicians greets homeowners and gives indoor windows a bath, cleansing interiors of dust- and apple-butter-smudged fingerprints. A clear system helps window wizards count windows, and the first option of this Groupon can cover the cleaning of 20–25 windows. Pressure washing is a professional method for reviving outdoor household areas, such as oil-stained concrete driveways, house siding, decks, and patios. Wielding industrial-strength pressure-washing equipment, the Window Genie team deftly blasts clean up to 3,200 feet of property, ridding dingy aluminum siding of caked-on weather stains and leftover licorice residue from sloppy gingerbread contractors.

5750 NW Beaver Dr
Johnston,
IA
US

Since 2000, the Remodelers Council of Greater Des Moines has sponsored the Tour of Remodeled Homes, a journey through area homes that have undergone design and construction transformations. This year’s tour highlights 13 residences of different styles, ages, and price ranges, with projects that ranged from kitchen updates to full remodels. At each stop on the tour, the remodelers will be onsite to answer questions, and most of the sites will also have representatives from the sponsors or suppliers who worked on the projects. All of the featured craftsmen are members of the council, and this year’s flipbook gives a preview of their handiwork.

6751 Corporate Dr
Johnston,
IA
US