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How Many Plants

How Many Plants was built by a particularly passionate houseplant obsessive, but it’s here for all plant parents, seasoned enthusiasts and first-timers alike. By cutting through the disparate and often contradictory advice that seems to grow like weeds around all corners of the internet, HMP strives for clarity. With confidence-boosting plant guides and deep dives into everything from what we mean when we say “bright indirect light” to a very-calm-totally-not-freaking-out identification of the little critters ailing your plants, HMP is here to help you on your journey to plant-based happiness! Hand-in-hand with a passion for plants comes a love for design. With an eye for interiors, each plant guide highlights handy cues for narrowing in on the “big frilly leaf with wide-load growth potential” perfect for that cozy corner of your bedroom…” [the design, illustrations, practical information and recommendations make this site especially enjoyable]

No one wants to pay $200 for a textbook

EdScoop -“No one wants to pay $200 for a textbook, and soon no one will have to, because the $200 textbook may be disappearing. Like other technological trends that were plodding along before COVID-19, the use of digital resources and freely licensed learning materials — known as open educational resources, or OER — exploded in 2020.… Continue Reading

Investigation and prosecution of Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history

Case 1:21-cr-00303-ABJ Filed 04/22/21 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs MICHAEL JOSEPH RUSYN, Defendant “…The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of… Continue Reading

The Return to Public Library Investment

The Returns to Public Library Investment – Gregory Gilpin, Ezra Karger, and Peter Nencka, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, April 2021. “Local governments spend over 12 billion dollars annually funding the operation of 15,000 public libraries in the United States. This funding supports widespread library use: more than 50% of Americans visit public libraries each… Continue Reading

The linked legal data landscape: linking legal data across different countries

Filtz, E., Kirrane, S. & Polleres, A. The linked legal data landscape: linking legal data across different countries. Artif Intell Law (2021). “The European Union is working towards harmonizing legislation across Europe, in order to improve cross-border interchange of legal information. This goal is supported for instance via standards such as the European Law… Continue Reading

Climate change and the 1991-2020 U.S. Climate Normals “As soon as the 2021 New Year’s celebrations were over, the calls and questions started coming in from weather watchers: When will NOAA release the new U.S. Climate Normals? The Normals are 30-year averages of key climate observations made at weather stations and corrected for bad or missing values and station changes over time.… Continue Reading

How to get your daily servings of vegetables and fruit: A visual guide

CNET – “We get it, eating enough fruits and veggies every day is tough. This photo guide makes it easier. Most people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables each day to best support their health. Even though eating fruits and vegetables sounds simple, it’s not always easy, especially for those affected by high food prices… Continue Reading