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Congratulations, Xandari, On Five Years Of The Highest Praise

April 23, 2014



The Platinum Circle

These Gold List superstars—including hotels, resorts, and cruise lines—have made the list every year for the past five years running. Click here to view the 2014 Platinum Circle.



Flash Folio Exhibition at Cornell–Happy Birthday Will!

April 23, 2014


I spent my university years lugging around the weighty Riverside Shakespeare, the volume that has held the status of “definitive Shakespeare” text in academic circles since its first publication 30 years ago. Having never been one to shy away from the moniker of Shakespeare nerd–I could help the stab of jealousy at missing the opportunity to experience Cornell’s flash exhibition of 4 rare folios in honour of the Bard’s 450 birthday.

For one day only, the Library is putting all four folio editions of William Shakespeare’s plays — the earliest published collections of his work, all printed in the 17th century and now among the most important books in all of world literature — on display to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth.
All the world may be a stage, but Cornell is fortunate to be one of the few places in the world that can put all four folios on display for its community of readers and researchers.

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A Story About The Wind And The Cloud

April 23, 2014
MidAmerican Energy's wind farm in Adair, Iowa. Facebook is working with MidAmerican to build a similar wind farm near Wellsburg, Iowa, where it will help power Facebook's planned data center. Courtesy of MidAmerican Energy

MidAmerican Energy’s wind farm in Adair, Iowa. Facebook is working with MidAmerican to build a similar wind farm near Wellsburg, Iowa, where it will help power Facebook’s planned data center. Courtesy of MidAmerican Energy

Thanks to National Public Radio (USA) for this story about sourcing power for the special needs of modern technology:

You hear the term “the cloud” or “cloud computing,” and you picture something puffy, white, clean and quiet. Cloud computing is anything but.

Even from a distance you can hear the hum of a modern data center. Last week, I visited one of the largest in Santa Clara, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s called SC1, is owned by DuPont Fabros Technology and is about a quarter-mile long.

“It’s about the same size and length as a Nimitz aircraft carrier,” says Paul Hopkins, a regional vice president for the company, shortly after buzzing me through the door.

The entrance is guarded, and employees need fingerprint scans to get in and out. Hopkins has agreed to show me around. Read more…

Bird of the Day: Vernal Hanging Parrot (Ganeshgudi, Karnataka)

April 22, 2014

Old Spice Market in Mattanchery, Fort Kochi, Kerala

April 22, 2014


Bazar Road

Bazar Road, Mattanchery

The Spice market in Mattanchery has retained its status as an important center of spice trade in India. The exotic fragrance of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper, also known as black gold, emanate from the spice warehouses lining both sides of the street that our new property, Spice Harbour, calls home. Read more…

‘Empty Room’ Artist Maya Lin On Changing The Course Of The World

April 22, 2014

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Aren’t we all? (Trying to change the course of the world, in our own chosen way.) Some by manual labor, some by intellectual labor, some by more typically defined fine art, among others. We appreciate any venue chosen by those who want to make a difference. Click the image above, or click here, to go to the video of artist Maya Lin, with excerpts of her recent lecture at Cornell University discussing:

her work, including her recent sculptures and the installation Empty Room, from her What is Missing? memorial, on view as part of beyond earth art • contemporary artists and the environment at the Milstein Hall Auditorium. 

Controlling Invasive Lionfish – Update on Market Solutions: Part 2/2 — Lionfish Art

April 22, 2014
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Array of dried lionfish spines and tails -ready for jewelry use Credit: ReefCI

In Part 1 of this post regarding market-based solutions to fighting the lionfish invasion that is threatening coral reef and other marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States, I wrote about the challenge of developing commercially sustainable strategies for undertaking the systematic removals that are needed to keep lionfish populations under control. I discussed the need to develop a series of vertical markets, pointing to promotion of lionfish as a seafood choice as the most obvious of these. Capture of juvenile lionfish for the aquarium trade as another.  A third market, and one in which I’m personally involved, is use of lionfish spines and tails for jewelry and other decorative items.  Read more…


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