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Link of the Day Archives

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

 03-May-16 TomTato plant makes homemade ketchup and fries a cinchGot a love of gardening and a hankering for fast food? Innovative Brits have created a way to combine the two. U.K.-based horticulture company Thompson & Morgan has developed a plant that grows both cherry tomatoes and potatoes – meaning you can get your homemade fries and ketchup fix from a single source. The product was first announced in 2013, and now it's finally commercially available.
 02-May-16 Titanic sinking simulation a real-time hit onlineIt's not your typical viral video, but a real-time simulation of the Titanic sinking has millions of views on YouTube since it was uploaded on April 14. The video runs a remarkable two hours and 41 minutes. And it's actually a teaser for an immersive video game currently in production called Titanic: Honor and Glory, which will let players experience what it was like to be on the ill-fated ship when it went down.
 29-Apr-16 Netflix and Ch-Ch-ChillyHow have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.
 28-Apr-16 24 Twitter Accounts For Readers Who Think About Books All Day, Every DayTwitter has quickly proven itself to be the best social media platform for book lovers. It’s kind of the ultimate online book club, connecting you to the fellow book-obsessed, offering to-the-minute updates on when that book you’ve been waiting for all year will finally hit shelves, and giving you an opportunity to tweet your favorite authors — who might even make all your bookish dreams come true by responding. Here are 24 Twitter accounts for readers who think about books all day, every day.
 27-Apr-16 The once and future libraryFor millennia, libraries have been physical places where information and society intersect. Of course, information and society are not static. As literacy has become the norm, as the scholarly community has become more inclusive, as reading habits have changed, and as many of us have access to tens of thousands of texts on electronic devices, libraries have evolved. These sweeping changes in information technology and to social behaviors surrounding reading and learning invariably affect the library’s edifice. In this article, librarians, architects, and other scholars gather at MIT to reflect on the future of libraries.
 26-Apr-16 Power Napping on CampusWith final exams approaching, sleep-deprived students are dozing off in library cubicles across the land. But some campuses are acknowledging the problem, investing in nap nooks and pods — those futuristic chaises that became insta-trendy when Google installed them at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters back in the aughts. Campuses as various as the University of Miami, Savannah College of Art and Design, Washington State University and Wesleyan have installed pods.
 25-Apr-16 How to identify any language at a glanceThanks to globalization, it's very likely that at some point you've found yourself faced with a line of text written in a language you couldn't quite identify. Maybe in the international section of a grocery store, or on Facebook, for example. "What the heck is this language?" you ask yourself. To get the answer, often all it takes is a little character. One or two little characters, to be precise...
 22-Apr-16 Earth Day checklist: five simple things you can do to make a differenceIf you choose to recycle, compost, carpool, reduce consumption and refuse plastic bags, does it have an effect? Does it matter at all? Will it do anything to eliminate the Great Pacific garbage patch? The answer is yes. Madeleine Somerville has put together a list of five simple shifts you can take on – not just for Earth Day but for ever. These aren’t big-ticket changes, they’re not going to drastically alter your lifestyle or change your life, and that’s exactly why it’s possible for each and every one of us to do them.
 21-Apr-16 4 Time Management Tips That Will Help You StudyAs final exams loom, it’s always the worst feeling anticipating how you’re about to spend your time: hunched over your textbooks in a sunlight-deprived library, eating ramen noodles at 4 a.m., knocking back cups of coffee to stay awake. The toll it can take on your mind and body, in addition to the stress and anxiety you may already be facing, is often enough to make you throw in the towel. But it doesn’t have to be that way: studying is much less of a pain if you learn to use your time more effectively. Here are some very easy tips for making the best of the limited time you have to cram before you head into finals.
 20-Apr-16 The harsh truth abouth speed-readingFor a long time, people have claimed to be able to read very quickly without any loss of comprehension—and many have claimed to teach this amazing skill. President Kennedy was one famous speed-reader, who could supposedly read about 1,200 words a minute, or about three times the rate of a top college-level reader. More recently, “six-times World Speed Reading Champion” Anne Jones allegedly devoured J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 47 minutes. But do any of these records stand up to scrutiny?
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