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Tuscan Potato Salad – A Standout For Summer Picnics

I am a huge fan of good potato salads. It's a tried and true side dish that makes a great addition to any picnic and it provides an interesting canvas for the adventurous cook who dares to move beyond the ordinary. So, when I saw this curious recipe for a potato salad made with ricotta cheese I had to give it a try. The combination of creamy cheese with vinegar and red onions really takes this into a different realm … [Read More...]

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John Aigner, an entomology graduate student in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, demonstrates how to build a cheap, effective stink bug trap at home.
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Homemade Stink Bug Traps Found to be Superior to Commercial Counterparts

A Virginia Tech team of researchers has proven that homemade, inexpensive stink bug traps crafted from simple household items outshine pricier models designed to kill the invasive, annoying bugs. This discovery comes just as warm weather is coaxing the critters out of … [Read More...]

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StockXchng Quietly Rebranded to FreeImages

The groan heard around the internet when large companies acquire smaller companies comes from collective experience. Typically, the larger company buys the smaller to remove it from the playing field and incorporate their technology and audience into the parent … [Read More...]

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The Gospel of Fossils May Require a Rewrite

Methods have been developed to try to identify and correct for bias in the fossil record but new research from the Universities of Bristol and Bath, suggests many of these correction methods may actually be misleading. The study, led by Dr Alex … [Read More...]

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Plucking Up – Thinning With a Hint of Melancholy

The chore of thinning plants is always laced with a hint of melancholy. As the weather warms and plants emerge from the ground,  the visual affirmation that winter has released its grip provides a refreshing dose of optimism. But just like most human endeavors gardening … [Read More...]

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Spinning The Lathe of Heaven

Recreational reading has become very hard to fit into a busy schedule so, when I pick something for pleasure I usually need a connection to something that's proven interesting in order to ensure it’s not a complete waste of my time. Such was the case with The Lathe Of … [Read More...]

Faith

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Come Apart or Come Apart

Recollection is a wonderful word. It speaks of a state of integration when the bits and pieces of our fragmented beings are "re-collected" and there is a sense of greater wholeness or oneness with God. All of ordinary life seems calculated to scatter us — the dirty … [Read More...]

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Tuscan Potato Salad – A Standout For Summer Picnics

I am a huge fan of good potato salads. It's a tried and true side dish that makes a great addition to any picnic and it provides an interesting canvas for the adventurous cook who dares to move beyond the ordinary. So, when I saw this curious recipe for a potato salad … [Read More...]