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6 Easy Changes to Make Any Office Greener

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Earth Day is coming up. Have you been doing your part?

If your home’s already as green as can be, it’s time to make your workplace eco-friendly. There are plenty of simple changes you can make to create a greener office space.

We put together a short list of tips, and also spoke to the folks at the Earth Day Network, who shared a few ways for how to make any office more environmentally conscious.

1. Recycle.


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One of the easiest, least demanding ways to go green is to recycle. Set up a few colorful recycling bins around the office to encourage people to properly dispose of paper, aluminum, plastic, glass and other items. You should also set up separate bins for items such as batteries and ink cartridges. Read more…

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9 Apps and Resources to Learn American Sign Language

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Learning to sign is easier than ever, thanks to the Internet

The visual language, designed to aid the deaf or hard of hearing, is a set of gesticulations and hand movements that correspond to the spoken word.

There are numerous ways to learn American Sign Language (ASL) outside the old classroom method. From free online lessons to video tutorials, a world of possibilities is open for those aspiring to teach themselves this hands-on language

1. YouTube videos

One of the easiest ways to learn quick sign language is through YouTube tutorials. The video hosting site has dozens of teachers serving free lessons on how to sign the alphabet, common phrases, numbers and more Read more…

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The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

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I’m flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly. At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don’t need to exert much energy to achieve lift. In the distance, I see an island under an azure sky. This is my home. Off to my west, the sun is setting and the sky glows with warm, orange light.

Spotting movement in the ocean below, I bend my body slightly to the left and begin a gentle dive. As I approach the shore, I spot my prey splashing in the shallows. I lean back, keeping my wings fully extended so I can glide just above the water. I’m right over the fish. I pull in my wings, bend forward sharply and dive into the water. I emerge with a fish in my mouth. Success Read more…

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The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?

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I’m flapping my wings. Not hard, but slowly and smoothly. At 25 feet across, my wingspan is so great I don’t need to exert much energy to achieve lift. In the distance, I see an island under an azure sky. This is my home. Off to my west, the sun is setting and the sky glows with warm, orange light.

Spotting movement in the ocean below, I bend my body slightly to the left and begin a gentle dive. As I approach the shore, I spot my prey splashing in the shallows. I lean back, keeping my wings fully extended so I can glide just above the water. I’m right over the fish. I pull in my wings, bend forward sharply and dive into the water. I emerge with a fish in my mouth. Success Read more…

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What Drugs Are Twitter Users Talking About Right Now?

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If proponents of the war on drugs are having trouble finding drug abusers, maybe they should try checking Twitter.

The network sees a massive number of drug-related tweets every day, ranging from jokes to news stories, with at least a few actual attempted drug deals thrown in for good measure.

The folks at ProjectKnow.com have created a real-time visualization tool, measuring just how many times Twitter users mention drugs every day. The project began on Dec. 28, 2013, and continues through today.

The tool reveals some pretty interesting things about Twitter users and their thoughts on drug use. For example, marijuana is the most talked about drug on site, with nearly twice as many mentions as alcohol since tracking began. While the average mentions of marijuana are increasing every day leading up to 4/20, the immense amount of weed-related discussion could coincide with recent studies about changing opinions on drug use. Read more…

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8 Modern Gadgets That Look Like They Macarena’d Out of the ’90s

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The dream of the ’90s is alive in modern technology

The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It’s still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the ’90s.

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern contraptions that creators lifted right out of the not-so-distant past.

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11 Musicians on Tumblr Who Hit the Right Note

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Welcome to Tumblr, Lana Del Rey.

The singer is the latest in a slew of songbirds taking up social residence on the blogging site. The hyperreal online mecca, where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts, is home to a number of big-name musicians.

Full of glittering GIFs, candid photographs and brazenly honest blog posts, here are 11 musicians worth following on Tumblr.

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7 Incognito Wearables You’d Never Guess Were Gadgets

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The state of wearables seems to be divided into two contrasting design ideas: the visible and the subtle.

On one side, wearable tech is futuristic and cool, and the design of objects should reflect that. At the other end of the spectrum, “Glassholes” are very real, so subtlety is key.

For those of us slightly embarrassed by our more techie side, there are plenty of concealed wearables on the market and in production now. These devices give you all the lifelogging and data tracking abilities of their more visible peers, but aren’t readily identifiable to the untrained eye. Read more…

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Ironically, Anonymous App Secret Is Hatching IRL Meetups

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On anonymous social media app Secret, you can be anyone you want — even yourself.

My new acquaintance, whom we’ll call Steve, has just organized one of the first Secret IRL meetups, which began with this simple Secret: “Starting yet another expensive, consumption habit: artisanal whiskey. San Francisco, you can keep your $4 toast.”

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The Secret appeared in my feed because Steve is a “friend of friend,” meaning a contact saved in my phone book is also saved in his. It could easily be someone we exchanged numbers with for an OKCupid date or to purchase furniture via Craigslist. The social filtering is what makes Secret unique from other anonymous apps Yik Yak and Whisper — there’s no guarantee you’ll see all posts from friends, because each user only sees a few new posts each day. Read more…

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How to Make a Caesar Salad and 8 Other Super Specific Apps

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Let’s cut to the chase. While some apps have a lot of bells and whistles, there’s something refreshing about those with a single, specific function

How about a weather app that tells you when you need to wear pants? Or a fitness app that helps you knock out a great workout in seven minutes?

In a world filled with technology that can bog us down, there are plenty of apps that developers created with the bare minimum in mind. Here are nine that get right to the point of what you need — no frills.

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