Saturday, April 19, 2014

We are devoting less land to shade grown coffee to the detriment of the environment

By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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  • Shade grown coffee is grown under a canopy of trees – a technique hailed as environmentally friendly and sustainable for maintaining plant and animal life around the coffee plantation.

    While the land dedicated to shade grown coffee has increased in recent decades, the ratio of shade grown coffee to more intensive and less eco-friendly grown coffee has dropped significantly since 1996, according to a new study published on Wednesday in the journal Bioscience.

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    Image credit: Stephen Malkmus 


    Texas has imprisoned a man for 1/3 of a century without a valid conviction or sentence

    By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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  • Hartfield has been imprisoned for more than 33 years — without a valid conviction or sentence authorizing his confinement. In the latest decision, the judge ruled that even though state and local officials clearly were negligent in letting Hartfield slip through the cracks all these decades, there is nothing in the Constitution that provides him with any protection from being retried. Not the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of a speedy trial. Not the undisputed fact that key evidence in that long-ago trial — like the alleged murder weapon, for example — has disappeared. Not the fact that there is no proof that Hartfied, with an IQ testing far below standards for mental retardation, strategized to keep himself in prison for 30 years as a way of avoiding a retrial.

    Get the rest @ The Week

    Video: NASA explains how ozone-rich air descends from on high to pose problems on land

    By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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  • Why aren't they angry at Reagan?

    By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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    Yes he does!

    By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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    In Australia some businesses are aiming to make the cafe dash - and its toll on productivity - a thing of the past.

    By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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  • It used to be the ciggie break, but now it's the cafe dash that has workers abandoning their desks en masse for a fix.

    An increasing number of businesses are equipping lunchrooms with coffee machines and quality beans to save hours in productivity.

    Full piece @ The Canberra Times

    Miami's Pérez Art Museum opens unprecedented exploration of the cultural history of the Caribbean

    By: SHG On: Saturday, April 19, 2014
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  • Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, opening April 18, 2014 at Pérez Art Museum Miami, explores the diverse cultural history of the Caribbean and its diaspora, highlighting over two centuries of rarely seen works dating from after the Haitian Revolution to the present. The exhibition is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The Miami presentation, curated for PAMM by guest curator Elvis Fuentes, is a honed reiteration of this critically-acclaimed survey and offers a vital reflection of Miami’s Caribbean community. The exhibition is the centerpiece of a season at PAMM dedicated to Caribbean art, which includes related exhibitions, a two-day symposium, a Caribbean film and video series, major new performances and other related programs and events.

    Full piece @ Art Daily

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Just in time for Easter, check out these beautiful egg-shaped buildings

    By: SHG On: Friday, April 18, 2014
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  • With Easter just around the corner, we can't help but see egg shapes everywhere! Celebrated as one of the most durable and efficient forms found in nature, the egg has served as design inspiration for projects far and wide. To take advantage of our temporary eggs-ray vision, we've rounded up some of our favorite egg-shaped building designs from all around the world. Hit the jump to see our favorite projects from architects who share an appreciation for the quirky ovoid form.

    Images @ Inhabitat