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Link of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 23-Apr-14 3 things you can do to save water using 3 containers you already haveCalifornia has been experiencing a major drought. A drought is sad, but it's not all negative: It's made people rethink water consumption. For Bea Johnson's household, it's been an opportunity to tweak a few things. Since adopting the Zero Waste lifestyle, she reduced her water consumption substantially. Here are three small adjustments she's made or 3 things you too can do to save water using three containers you already have.
 22-Apr-14 From Earth Day to every day: 4 TED-Ed Lessons to help you save the worldEarth Week is a fantastic opportunity to rethink our environmental impact, both on the individual level and on a larger scale. Do we really need to keep the water running while brushing our teeth? Why not compost? How do we get renewable energy to be both a priority and a reality?  At times it may seem unfathomable that one individual can have any impact on the Earth’s environment (for good or bad), but the science proves otherwise. Here is a playlist of TED-Ed Lessons that will get you thinking about the things you can do as an individual to keep our planet happy and healthy.
 17-Apr-14 5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we thinkEconomist Keith Chen has been pondering the connection between language and how we think and behave. In particular, Chen wanted to know: does our language affect our economic decisions? Chen designed a study to look at how language might affect an individual’s ability to save for the future. According to his results, it does—big time. But that’s only the beginning. There’s a wide field of research on the link between language and both psychology and behavior. Read on for a few fascinating examples.
 16-Apr-14 This Handsome Four-Volume Book Set Chronicles a Single Second on TwitterAdrian, a designer in Switzerland, was a graphic design student at HGK Basel when he dreamed up this project, in response to an assignment that involved making a publication for a typography class. Hitting on the idea of capturing and visualizing what one second’s worth of tweets might look like, in a global perspective, he turned to Datasift to acquire every tweet in the world occurring Nov. 9, 2012, at 14:47:36 GMT.
 15-Apr-14 Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers sayResearchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences between online and print reading—comprehension, for starters, seems better with paper—and are grappling with what these differences could mean not only for enjoying the latest novel but for understanding difficult material at work and school. They say that the differences between text and screen reading should be studied more thoroughly and that the differences should be dealt with in education, particularly with school-aged children.
 14-Apr-14 Hardcore Coddling: How Eleven Madison Park Modernized Elite, Old-School ServiceAt 3:30 p.m., in the back office of Eleven Madison Park, maître d' Justin Roller is Googling the names of every guest who will come in that night. It's a well-known tactic of the restaurant, an effort to be as familiar as possible with the diners. Anyone can Google some names and faces, but Roller is going deeper. "I'm looking for chef's whites and wine glasses,"  he says. A shot of a guest wearing whites means a chef is probably coming to dinner. Wine glasses signify a potential sommelier (or at least a wine geek). This is just the beginning.
 11-Apr-14 No time to peruse a book? Not to worry – speed-reading is backDust off your smartphones, folks, speed reading is back. Considering the factors, it was bound to happen sooner or later. The flood of information competing for readers’ eyeballs each day, combined with the technology we use to read everything from novels to news – smartphones, computer screens, tablets, e-readers – has led to a revival in the art of speed reading, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.
 10-Apr-14 Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The PointA German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement...
 09-Apr-14 First iPhone photography exhibition opens in IrelandWhile most of us fail to make the most of our iPhone's photo-taking capabilities beyond the odd Instagram, an award-winning photographer is preparing to open an exhibition of artistic photos created using only his smartphone. Northern Ireland-based Gerry Coe's exhibition Phone-Art opens on Friday, showcasing the pictures which helped him to receive a fellowship by the British Institute of Professional Photography for his iPhone art images.
 08-Apr-14 Books? Or No Books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the FutureData tells us that the circulation of print collections in academic libraries is decreasing. With increased focus on sharing of collections, consortial delivery programs, and collaboration amongst libraries in identifying and preserving print runs and last copies, the academic library is changing dramatically. Yes, books will still be very much a part of the library of the future - but increasingly, libraries are taking a central role on campuses as cultural and creative centers.
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