Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2015-08-13 09:59

Big shout out to our friends at Mudhouse Coffee Roasters in Charlottesville, Virginia for making USAToday’s top ten list of coolest coffee shops from coast to coast. Check out USAToday’s full list of their favorite coffee shops, plus suggestions on what to order at each one.

Submitted by administrator on Tue, 2015-08-11 10:22

Powwows are the part of the Native American culture that bring together passions through dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones. CBC News published an article on Gabriel Whiteduck who has now been sober for seven years and says that it was the Powwow culture that helped him heal from his addiction. “It was a way to put that down and take up something.

Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2015-08-07 11:26

Did you know that there are 12 master penmen in the world? The youngest one, Jake Weidmann comes to the light in a fascinating UPROXX video. Jake strives to save the artform of penmanship, not only as an artform but also as a functionality. Imagine if the historical documents we look up to today, like the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, were typed into an email or a word document. Where would the originality be? Where would the individuality be in each of it’s signing members?

Submitted by administrator on Tue, 2015-08-04 12:19

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Submitted by administrator on Mon, 2015-08-03 11:13

Project Hope & Fairness founded by Tom Neuhaus in 2006, helps local people in the West African countries of Cameroon, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire turn low value cacao beans into high value chocolate. The approach was adopted by Neuhaus to provide an alternative to the current problematic production of cacao. Mongabay published an interview with Neuhaus on what got him into the production of cacao and Project Hope & Fairness’ mission and approach.

Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2015-07-31 10:19

We are constantly surrounded by digital distractions and often talk about escaping all of the technology yet less than 10% of adults in the United States live without a mobile phone. Does anyone really know what life is like anymore living off of the grid in the US? The Huffington Post published an article featuring a short documentary that offers a glance at life in a town where cell phone reception doesn’t exist and WiFi is banned.

Submitted by administrator on Thu, 2015-07-30 10:52

On the Indonesian island of Sumatra, six species of wild cats have been identified as thriving in harmony. Little is known about the population distribution and habitat preferences for each of these cats which sparked scientists to study them. Mongabay recently published an article discussing a the study published by the Journal of Zoology on five of the Sumatran cat species. The cats’ play a significant role ecologically as they influence the population and behavior of other animals.

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Mark Palm shows that through dedication and persistence your dreams can be possible. At 19 years-old, Palm visited the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea and immediately noticed the medical needs of the community. The area was so remote that he realized there was a need for easier access to address medical emergencies. Palm’s proposed solution was a float-plane. Palm earned his commercial pilot certification, an instrument and float-plane rating, and an FAA aircraft mechanic certification.

Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2015-07-24 14:35

Students at the University of Birmingham in England may have discovered pages from the world’s oldest Quran. “[The pages] could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam,” states David Thomas, a professor at the University. Radiocarbon dating estimates these pages are 1,370 years old placing it in the era of Prophet Muhammad. This discovery is significant news to the Islamic religion because it signifies an earlier start to documenting the collection then history has suggested.

Submitted by administrator on Tue, 2015-07-21 11:38

In the late 1980s artist Dwayne Szot unveiled the first edition of his painting wheelchair that would engage kids with limited physical ability. Szot has since developed his career to inventing tools that enable kids with disabilities to paint and draw, among other things. A young girl named Madison was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy early on and was told by doctors that she probably would not make it to her 2nd birthday.