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Immigration and Climate Change

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By Lauren Markham

Last year I traveled to southern Guatemala, the source of one of the largest migrations of unauthorized immigrants to the United States in recent years. It’s clear why people are leaving: Guatemala is a country rife with political conflict, endemic racism against indigenous people, poverty and, increasingly, gang violence. But there’s another, lesser-known dimension to this......read more

Details Divulged on 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

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Company's first U.S. hybrid offering will retail for $26,500

On June 5, Kia is set to release its first hybrid vehicle in the U.S., with a modest sticker price of $26,500. The Kia Optima sedan will achieve a fuel economy of 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The car can drive in a zero-emissions, full-electric mode below speeds of 62 mph, or switch to a blended gas-electric mode and driven at any speed. In addition to its low price, impressive......read more

Live Optical Illusions by OK Go

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The official video for "The Writings on the Wall" is more fun than should be allowed.

"The Writings on the Wall" is one of the coolest most innovative music videos we've seen in a long time.  The optical illusions are not only fun and will tickle you silly, but all the tricks are revealed as they go along.  Plus the track is dope.  That's just a fact.  All the scenes are performed, one after another, in a single take.  We have a saying in film that......read more

Flawed Symmetry of Prediction

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Optical illusion reigns supreme in this haunting, experimental time-lapse by Jeff Frost

In the digital age, time-lapse videos have become as ubiquitous as Facebook or smartphones. We're not mad, since we've been known to post our fair share of time-lapse vids here on SHFT, but at the same time, the world doesn't really need many more. Or so we thought, until we saw this mind-bending clip from Jeff Frost that takes time-lapse techniques to another level. Combining......read more

The Spill and the American Psyche

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The leak is plugged. But is it too late to restore public confidence?

In the Gulf of Mexico, where tens of millions of barrels of oil have spewed into the sea, a ray of hope has come in the shape of a cap fitted onto the blown wellhead. The successful attempt to stop the gusher marks the end of nearly three months of futility. Around America, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief. Almost. In the Week in Review in Sunday's New York Times, Peter......read more

The Food Movement and Climate Change

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How eating consciously can affect global warming

The two most visible environmental issues today, climate change and agriculture, are about as different as they could be. Taken together, though, they give some reminders. Environmental consciousness is very young. Its challenge to some of the ways we live is deep. And it can be a great source of cultural and political creativity and renewal. Climate change is huge and diffuse. It works on a......read more

Opinel Mushroom Knife

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A must-have kitchen tool from one the world's great heritage brands $49.00

There aren't too many companies out that have produced the same product in the same essential design for over a century. In fact, we can only think of one: Opinel, the French knifemaker founded by Joseph Opinel in 1890. Opinel's signature beechwood-handled pocket knives look pretty much the same as they did in the late 19th century.  For amateur mushroomers like us, this Opinel Mushroom......read more

The Lumineers' "Ophelia"

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Directed by Isaac Ravishankara

“Ophelia” by The Lumineers. From the album Cleopatra, courtesy of Dualtone Records, 2016  Director: Isaac Ravishankara Choreographer: Jillian Meyers  Producer: Aviv Russ Executive Producer: Jason Colon, Danielle Hinde Prod. Co: Doomsday Entertainment...read more

Energy Company Increases Transparency

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US natural gas driller to disclose chemical use.

In light of the Gulf oil spill, many citizens are becoming increasingly distrustful of energy companies and the methods they employ. In a very positive step, Range Resources has decided to voluntarily disclose the chemicals that it uses in order to break through sediment and acquire natural gas. The decision comes under mounting concern from citizens who live near the natural gas extraction......read more

Open Source Movement Spreads to Seeds

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Restriction-free seeds include 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) announced the release of 29 new plant varieties that are free of intellectual property (IP) protection. The new seeds, which include varieties of carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, can be freely used by anyone as long as they don't restrict use by others through IP protection. Spearheaded by a group of scientists from the University of......read more

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