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Study: Reading a novel changes your brain
The Atlantic
Scientists have proven in the past that reading stimulates many different parts of the brain. In a 2006 study, for example, research subjects read the words "perfume" and "coffee," and the part of their brains devoted to the sense of smell lit up. While these studies have focused on brain activity while a person is reading, a new study suggests that reading doesn't just make a fleeting impression. It may make long-term changes to to the brain.
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Jan. 14-15: GWA Baltimore Connect at MANTS
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Join fellow GWA members for an hour of social mixology after the close of the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show. The show is the horticultural "Masterpiece of Trade Shows!" Use the GWA Connect in the newly renovated grand lobby of the Lord Baltimore Hotel to plan strategies for covering the trade show, organize dinner plans, exchange business cards, and discuss what's hot and who's new!
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Feb. 6: GWA regional meeting in Boston
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Everyone is invited to join Region I at New England GROWS in Boston on Feb. 6. In addition to a workshop on Take your Presentation Skills to the Next Level presented by C.L. Fornari, you will receive free registration to New England GROWS! Early registration ends Jan. 18.
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March 27: GWA regional meeting in Charleston, SC
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Join fellow garden writers on a first-ever GWA tour of two of the oldest and most famous gardens in America — Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place, both in Charleston, S.C. This special opportunity is timed to be at the height of the seasonal bloom of azaleas and camellias on two plantations with huge collections.
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Job opening: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden seeking gardener
GWA
Assists horticulturists with installation, maintenance and monitoring of their assigned garden areas (to include planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc.), using best horticulture practices in accordance with established garden standards.
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Job opening: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden seeking conservatory horticulturist
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Using best horticulture practices, in accordance with established garden standards, this position will be responsible for the daily operation of the 10,000 square foot conservatory. Collections under glass include orchids, palms, cycads, cacti, succulents, other tropicals and Mediterranean plants.
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Scribd raises $22 million for its subscription e-book service
Tech Crunch
Scribd, a company offering unlimited access to half a million e-books for $8.99 a month, is announcing that it has raised $22 million in additional funding. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla partner Keith Rabois (previously an executive at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square) joining the Scribd's board as an observer. Asked via email about how the subscription business will play out for books, Rabois noted that the model has "already transformed the way we consume other forms of content."
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London's Sky Garden: the more you pay, the worse the view
The Guardian
I arrived at the foot of the cliff face of white fins that swoosh up into the sky, to find some handymen wrestling with sliding glass doors. They were hastily shooed away by a besuited host. "Can you come back in half an hour?" he asked them politely, not noticing me. "An architecture critic is on his way and we don’t want him to see the building looking broken."
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Device growth 'kindles' growth in kids' e-reading
Digital Book World
As children and media researchers shift their sights from TV-centric studies to figuring out kids' relationship with mobile and digital media, e-reading seems to be a primary focus for debate. Which is "better," paper or e-books? Do children learn to read differently from conventional versus enhanced e-books? Of course, there's always a certain amount of hand-wringing when disruptive new possibilities emerge.
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A law to promote creative output looks nothing like copyright
Science 2.0
Imagine you were asked to write a law that encouraged creativity. What would it look like? Whatever your answer, it's pretty clear that it wouldn't look like copyright. Which is weird, right? Because copyright is supposed to be the law that spurs creativity. The problem, it turns out, is that the central features of copyright are directly opposed to the things that support creativity.
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Garden birds: four things to do this winter to help them
The Telegraph
In chilly weather birds appreciate a variety of food, but especially fatty food. For example, fat balls, or homemade bird cakes made with lard and packed with seeds, fruit or dried mealworms are great treats to put out in your garden. Kitchen scraps work well, and a recipe for successfully feeding birds over winter might include chopped fat from unsalted meat, cheese, dried fruit and pastry.
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