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Postmodern America not looking so good

He had been asked to walk to the blackboard and solve one of the math problems she had just finished writing out. They came from the homework assignment of the previous night. He looked at her with furrowed brows and unblinking eyes and his hands began to shake…

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The dumb blonde and her origin

She’s attractive. She’s fun. She’s flirty. She’s…dumb?

The concept of the dumb blonde, a common stereotype placed on fair-haired women, continues to pervade society through today. Its origin, however, like many popular-cultural stereotypes, is clouded.

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Online gaming: Breaking or building social barriers?

Most days, as soon as he gets home from work or finishes with his last class, Thomas Odmark, a business major and junior at the University of South Florida, hops into the seat of his leather, high-back computer chair and logs onto his favorite online game, World of Warcraft.

Odmark is but one of more than 10 million people worldwide who are subscribed to World of Warcraft, also known as the most popular of the hundreds of MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) out there now.

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Top 10 ways to go green and get clean

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, levels of organic pollutants in our homes – the place where we spend about 90 percent of our time – are between two and five times more polluted than the air outside. And all along you thought not smoking, buying an air purifier and that can of Oust air sanitizer you keep next to your lounge chair for moments when you just aren’t feeling clean enough, were all making a big difference. Indeed, this statistic is frightening, but it’s not one we have to live with.

The Daily Herald online has outlined 10 of the easiest, most effective and cost-friendly ways to get greener – and cleaner – in you home.

1) Dump the dry cleaning. Dry cleaning requires harsh chemicals, and those chemicals don’t stay at the dry cleaners when you bring those clothes home. Try steaming your clothes while you’re in the shower and buying more washable fabrics.

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Easy home decorating projects

About mid-year the feeling comes to me… I need to redecorate. About a split-second later, I realize that feeding an IKEA obsession isn’t exactly in my price range, so improvisation is necessary. Here are a few really easy ways to spruce up any room.

One easy, cheap trick to spice up boring walls is to create fabric wall panels. The best thing about this is that you can switch out the fabric whenever you want a change of scenery. What you’ll need is a staple gun, a 1.5 x 5’ wooden-framed painter’s canvas, two yards of fabric (feel free to have fun here with your choice), an iron, an ironing board and pushpins or thumbtacks.

What you’ll want to do is iron out your chosen fabric and center it on the canvas. When you have it centered the way you want, tack it down on the wood on the back of the board. After that, staple it to the wood and make sure that it’s centered properly. It’s as simple as that, and the good thing is that if you mess up, you can just keep trying again and again.

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Destiny Fla. named nation’s first eco-sustainable city

In the midst of our “green revolution,” sometimes the steps we’re taking toward living green seem minute. Sure, cutting down on our plastic bag use by using carrying those $2 totes will help the environment, but to what extent? What we need is an entire country of eco-sustainable cities… right?

Well, we’ll see. Central Florida is home to Destiny, Fla., which is the nation’s first eco-sustainable city. Just an hour south of Orlando, Destiny sits leading the country in alternative energy ideas.
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Large Hadron Collider: Harbinger of death or key to secrets of life?

It was about nine months ago when news of a massive magnetic machine that many were convinced would be the end of our planet began to make many, many headlines. This machine is known as the LHC or Large Hadron Collider and was scheduled for its highly anticipated, and also highly dreaded, green for “go” light in September of last year.

With as much controversy and attention that the turning on of the LHC received, it’s a wonder how almost a full year later most people don’t even know what happened to it. So what did happen to the LHC? It obviously didn’t rip the world in half, kill a large percentage of the population via cosmic rays, or serve Earth a similar fate to that of Vulcan in the latest Star Trek film by creating a black hole that would suck us all into a place only theory can imagine.
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What everyone should know about breast cancer

After struggling with breast cancer for three years, my mother walked the survivors lap in her local Relay for Life with my grandmother. They both were able to beat breast cancer, which makes them luckier than many other women.

May is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but as a woman with breast cancer in her family, I’m constantly aware of the risks that I face in my future.

Over the last two years, I’ve been learning all I can about breast cancer, how to prevent it and what causes it. Don’t think that just because you don’t have a history of breast cancer in your family that you’re not at risk. You are. Every woman is at risk. The lifetime risk of any woman getting breast cancer is 12 percent. Of course there are factors that increase your risk. Even without considering these factors, one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.
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Social networking: To join or not to join

If you’re one of the only people left in America that doesn’t have a social networking profile, congratulations! You may be wondering why in the world anyone would be interested in joining a social networking Web site, so let me tell you a little bit about my experiences with them.

I began my social networking tour with LiveJournal when I was in middle school. There I would tell the world about my love for Joey Fatone (from N’SYNC…duh.) Once in high school, I decided that it was time to move onto MySpace. By that time, my music tastes had changed and I was interested in the MySpace music pages. In college, I was introduced to Facebook, and just recently I joined Twitter. It’s been a long social networking road for me, but I can honestly say there have been times when it’s really helped, though there’s also been a time when it’s hurt.
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Microsoft uses search engine to find legitimacy

When you think of search engines what is the first one that comes to your mind? If you are like millions of other Americans you’ll probably say either Google or Yahoo. Did you even know that Microsoft had a search engine? It’s called Live Search. (Sound familiar now? It’s the one that gets crappy results in comparison to its counterparts.) Well, Microsoft is hoping to change your mind.

Microsoft plans to introduce their new search engine, (nick-named) Kumo, within the next few weeks. It will only be introduced at D:All Things Digital Event. But by the way that Google and Yahoo’s new add-ons look, Microsoft may want to work on it a little bit. (more…)

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